Chinese juggernaut Tencent has purchased Slamfire, the parent company of Back 4 Blood developer Turtle Rock Studios. This means that the team will become part of the conglomerate, while retaining its “independent operations” in Lake Forest, California. The studio will continue to be fronted by co-founders Phil Robb and Chris Ashton, and the acquisition will have no impact on Back 4 Blood, which was published by Warner Bros.
“We are all looking forward to joining the Tencent family of studios,” Turtle Rock Studios president and general manager Steve Goldstein said in a press release. “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.”
Tencent’s Eddie Chan added: “We are huge fans of Turtle Rock’s games, especially their amazing approach to creating co-operative online games. We can’t wait to see what comes next, and we’re excited to be part of their future.”
In addition to Back 4 Blood, Turtle Rock Studios is behind titles like Evolve and Left 4 Dead. Tencent, meanwhile, has its fingers in a number of pies: in addition to publishing popular Chinese messaging apps like WeChat, it also has stakes in the likes of Epic Games, Bloober Team, and DONTNOD Entertainment.