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Tencent is acquiring Back 4 Blood developer Turtle Rock Studios

Tencent is acquiring Back 4 Blood developer Turtle Rock Studios

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

Tencent is behind some of the biggest games on the planet. It is the owner of the studio behind the hugely popular MOBA League of Legends; The developer of mobile hits Call of Duty: Mobile, Honor of Kings and Pokemon Unite; and has a 40 percent stake in Epic Games, developer of Fortnite and Unreal Engine. And the company has made several significant investments this year, including the acquisition of British game studio Sumo, buying a majority stake in Don't Starve developer Clay Entertainment and taking a minority stake in Yuka-Laylee maker Platonic, Dayz developer Bohemia Interactive. , Lifestyle Entertainment, and more. Strange-maker Dontnod, and Alan Wake and Control developer Remedy Entertainment.

While it's unclear what's next for Turtle Rock, the studio is emphasizing its commitment to Back 4 Blood (which got a major update this week). With the acquisition of Tencent, "we get to do something we've never done before as a studio: turn a universe we've built into a true long-lasting AAA franchise," said Turtle. he said. Rock said in a blog post. "Now we can be sure that the Back 4 Bloods franchise is here to stay and we look forward to working well on it in the future."

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