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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Thursday, 10 January 2008


 What happens at a game studio when Valve buys you? You sing of course!

Dance your cares away,
Worry's for another day.
Let the music play,
Down at Turtle Rock.

(Lyrics from Fraggle Rock for those that don't know)

That's what the guys at Turtle Rock must be singing these days now that Valve is finalized the purchase of the studio who is developing Left 4 Dead an online cooperative survival horror experience explicitly designed to emphasize extreme teamwork and intense action.


Turtle Rock Studios' Left 4 Dead joins a growing list of Valve's game properties which includes the Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress and Day of Defeat series of games as well as Portal, introduced as part of The Orange Box.

"We have been seeing very strong growth with Steam and Source, our content distribution and development platforms, up over 150% over the last 12 months. Given our expectations for Left 4 Dead and our long-standing relationships with members of the Turtle Rock team, this was an easy decision. It also gives us a base from which to expand our development activities in the Los Angeles area," said Gabe Newell, president of Valve.

"Left 4 Dead fills a long-standing demand gamers have had for a co-op first-person action experience, and it will also help Valve's expansion into the console market," added Doug Lombardi, Valve's VP of marketing.

Co-op survival horror? It almost sounds like an expansion of the Half-Life series except that it wasn't really horror so much as survival.

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