Tencent is acquiring Back 4 Blood developer Turtle Rock Studios

Tencent is acquiring Turtle Rock Studios.
Image: Turtle Rock Studios

Tencent is adding to its already large roster of video game studios by acquiring Slamfire, the parent company of Back 4 Blood developer Turtle Rock Studios. Turtle Rock will be “retaining its independent operations” in California and the current leadership team will still run the studio, according to a press release.

Tencent is behind some of the biggest games on the planet. It owns the studio behind the hugely popular MOBA League of Legends; the developer of the mobile hits Call of Duty: Mobile, Honor of Kings, and Pokémon Unite; and has a 40 percent stake in Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite and Unreal Engine. And the company has made many significant investments just this year, including acquiring British game studio Sumo, buying a majority stake in Don’t Starve developer Klei Entertainment, and taking minority stakes in Yooka-Laylee creator Playtonic, DayZ developer Bohemia Interactive, Life is Strange-maker Dontnod, and Alan Wake and Control developer Remedy Entertainment.

While it’s unclear exactly what’s next for Turtle Rock, the studio is emphasizing its commitment to Back 4 Blood (which got a big update just this week). With Tencent’s acquisition, “we get to do something we have never done before as a studio: turn a universe we created into a true long-standing AAA franchise,” Turtle Rock said in a blog post. “We can now ensure that the Back 4 Blood franchise is here to stay and we will be working on it well into the future.”


Sad. Turtle Rock is going to end up making heavily monetized free-to-play games now.

The have some experience in that area already I’d say with Evolve.

They already do except they weren’t free to play before.

Insert "China bad" here.

Yea, why worry about a government that leans on companies located within its borders to murder/sterilize people as well as drive censorship.

Also it really should be concerning that CCP has an active policy of investing in western media and then censoring any narrative they dislike. All these acquisitions are soft propaganda projection.

I might have the timelines mixed up but after Tencent invested a bunch of money into Ubisoft, they removed a neon sign in of the silhouette of a naked woman from one of its levels and change it to lips all because the CCP said the silhouette of the woman needed to be censored before releasing in China. The CCP essentially censored the game for the entire world.

Thankfully it was reversed because enough people threw a fit about it. But still it illustrates how Chinese companies with the backing of the CCP can use financial weight to spread this propaganda or what it deems appropriate outside it’s borders. You can also go outside of games and look at the Confucius Institutes in American educational establishments. It’s a way for the CCP to try and control the narrative and it’s own image in a different country.

Until the CCP basically stops being the CCP, Chinese companies should be met with doubt and skepticism.

Keeping going, I still need more for my bingo card.

I don’t have to. You’ve shown your hand, and we see the kind of person you are.

Inserts "Chinese Sparrow".

Also it’s not "China bad", it’s "Chinese Gov bad".

Insert "China bad" here.

China is an amazing place with a rich history, and Chinese people are equally amazing.

The CCP is a piece of crap governement which is committing genocide against Chinese people.

Both of these statements can be true at the same time.

Yeah, every comment section on China is filled with pathetic idiots who bought into Cold War style propaganda in the age of information…

I hope they’re ready to be laughed at when they release some f2p bs.

Tencent is behind some of the biggest games on the planet

Yeah, I don’t agree with that statement because it infers that Tencent has actually created/developed games. It should be more like:

Tencent has acquired some of the biggest games on the planet

To be fair, its not like they don’t have any in house studios. They obviously own Riot (and its subsidiaries) but they also have their own mobile division which did make PUBG Mobile, which is extremely popular outside the western world, especially in some parts of Asia, and that makes that "behind some of the biggest games on the planet" statement technically true.

Shame. Was just getting into Back 4 Blood. Delete

One image to rule them all let’s add this one here too:

But all the shills saying this is good are super dumb. This game will be censored it will be called Back 4 Peace filled with CCP propoganda.

And they will be churning out bunch of free to play micro transaction games

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