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Chinese technology conglomerate Tencent has announced that it has grown its gaming empire even further with the acquisition of two U.S.-based companies today, Turtle Rock Studios and its parent, Slamfire, Inc.

Turtle Rock Studios is best known as the studio behind the cooperative zombie shooters Left 4 Blood and Back 4 Blood, the latter of which released in October 2021 as a spiritual successor to the former classic published by Valve. The acquisition will have “no effect” on Back 4 Blood nor the studio’s operations, according to a press release shared by Tencent.

“We are all looking forward to joining the Tencent family of studios,” said Steve Goldstein, president and general manager of Turtle Rock Studios. “Tencent’s outstanding partners, global reach, deep knowledge of gaming and unprecedented support will help us create the kinds of ambitious games we dream of, while allowing us to retain our autonomy and independent spirit.”

“We are huge fans of Turtle Rock’s games, especially their amazing approach to creating co-operative online games,” said Eddie Chan, chief strategy officer of Tencent Games Global. “We can’t wait to see what comes next, and we’re excited to be part of their future.”

Back 4 Blood is available to play on PC (Microsoft Store, Steam, Epic Games Store), PlayStation (PS4, PS5), and Xbox (Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S) platforms. The game was also released for Microsoft’s game subscription service, Xbox Game Pass, on day one.

Source: Turtle Rock Studios, Business Wire

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