Turtle Rock Studios, the creators of Left 4 Dead who Valve acquired partway through the development of the game in January 2008, have announced that they have signed a deal to develop a new game under THQ.
The company was known to have left Valve in June 2009, some time after the release of Left 4 Dead. Since then, we've had no clue as to what they've been up to.
So far, details are a little sketchy, but Turtle Rock COO Phil Rob said: "This project is the most ambitious thing we've ever attempted, and we're inspired by the support THQ has shown to help us realize that vision. We're going to take the first person shooter experience to a whole new level, and we can't wait to show the game for the first time in the months ahead." From what little scraps of information we've heard so far, it will be an original IP and multiplayer-focused. THQ vice president of core games Danny Bilson also said that the game "make a similar impact [as Left 4 Dead] in the multiplayer space." So that's promising.
It seems we'll have to wait for E3 for the full reveal. As for a release date, we probably cant expect to see the game out before 2013. In terms of what it's actually about... well, it could be absolutely anything, but I'd be willing to bet that its probably not more zombies.
Still, you never know.