news\ Jan 7, 2014 at 11:43 am

GameInformer's next-gen reveal is Evolve from Turtle Rock


Update: GameInformer's cover was revealed and this is the description for the game via GameInformer's page.

Few independent studios sport the multiplayer pedigree of Turtle Rock Studios. After years of working on Valve's Counter-Strike series, the California-based developer created Left 4 Dead, a post-apocalyptic shooter that redefined cooperative gaming and landed the number-one spot on Game Informer's Top 30 Co-op Games of All Time list. Now the studio is combining its competitive and cooperative design expertise for a new, next-gen only IP: Evolve. Backed by publisher 2K Games, which paid a whopping $10.8 million for the IP in last year's THQ auction, Turtle Rock is taking full advantage of gamers' powerful new systems.

The sci-fi multiplayer-focused shooter pits a four-player crew of alien hunters against a separate player-controlled monster that grows larger and more powerful over the course of matches. Each hunter features its own unique items and abilities, and while the monster may be outnumbered, its size and an assortment of devastating attacks make it a more than formidable foe. Like Turtle Rock's previous titles, Evolve is being built with variety and replayabilty in mind; the result is a novel mix of cooperative and competitive multiplayer elements that's unlike anything we've played before. Our exclusive hands-on time with the game's four-versus-one hunt mode left us with plenty to be excited about, and you can get all the details in this month's issue.

Our 12-page look at Evolve reveals the first hunters, monster, and unique equipment players will get their hands on when the game releases on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 this fall. We also have a wealth of exclusive screens and hands-on impressions you won't want to miss. Check out the cover image below for your first hint at what's to come.

Yesterday, Game Informer teased a next-gen only reveal by showing off their cover art for the upcoming issue. The tweet specified that people will flip out over the announcement.

Of course the internet put on their thinking caps and started to contemplate various theories on what game it could be. Many speculated it would be Turtle Rock's Evolve, which is a Left4Dead-like game (which also makes sense considering it's the developer behind the L4D games) except you and your co-op buddies will take on hordes of aliens instead.

While this was unconfirmed officially, as GameInformer won't reveal the cover for another 20 minutes, GAFers have already found the game's site, which specifically states:

Get a first look at EVOLVE in Game Informer's February cover story.

So this pretty much confirms the rumors. Hope you like co-op shooters!

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