After a complicated series of relationships with brief owner Valve Software, California-based independent studio Turtle Rock is back in action and working on upcoming games.
Founded in 2002 by Counter-Strike
bot programmer Michael Booth, Turtle Rock worked on a number of Counter-Strike
-related project with Valve before initiating the co-op action game Left 4 Dead
and being acquired by Valve.
As Valve's Doug Lombardi explained to Gamasutra last year
, approximately ten Turtle Rock employees moved up to Valve's Bellevue, Washington headquarters, but some -- including Booth -- declined to transfer, and Valve eventually shut the studio down some time after Left 4 Dead
Booth maintained a close relationship with Valve, and Lombardi further told Gamasutra that Booth was continuing to operate a development group, likely again under the name Turtle Rock.
Now, the studio has relaunched its official website
, confirming the continued use of its original name. Last week, the company released the automotive maintenance app Garage Buddy
for iPhone, as it advertises multiple open positions for a new full-scale game.
Lombardi previously confirmed to Gamasutra that Turtle Rock's next game is again a collaboration with Valve, demonstrating continued contact between the studios despite the complex series of events. Rumors of a Turtle Rock game codenamed "Whiskey Sour" have circulated among the Left 4 Dead
modding community for weeks, based on mentions of the phrase in official Valve level design documentation.