Evolve Stage 2 may have had a rocky road after going free-to-play, but that hasn’t soured Turtle Rock Studios on the payment model. Today, the developer announced that it was in the process of creating a new free-to-play first-person shooter title, with publishing help provided by Perfect World Entertainment.

In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Turtle Rock Co-Founder Phil Robb called the upcoming title a new IP that promises “heart-pounding moment-to-moment online co-op FPS action.” Turtle Rock President Steve Goldstein also gave glowing reviews of the free-to-play model, calling it “a direct line toward taking the game that we wanted to play when we first started working on it and ensuring that it will be a game that our community wants to play for years to come.”

There are few concrete details about the game itself, which isn’t expected to be playable until at least 2018. Breaking with several recent traditions in gaming, it won’t feature zombies or a post-apocalyptic setting — like Turtle Rock’s popular Left 4 Dead games — opting instead for something with a “strong dark fantasy element.” VR also isn’t an immediate priority for the new title, though it could be added post-launch. Neither are e-sports, though Goldstein said the game would still be “fun to watch.”

So, what do you guys think? And before you go “Sounds neat, but Perfect World, ew,” Gigantic seems to be doing OK, right?

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Hellsworth on December 16, 2016

    Gigantic died to me the moment someone uttered the words “Windows 10”!

  2. Insane on December 15, 2016

    Eh, if they go back to something like a L4D model that made them famous it could work. We’ll see.

  3. Twopie on December 14, 2016

    Two companies with very little trust from gamers making and publishing a new IP sounds like a game that is dead on arrival to me.

  4. x on December 13, 2016

    so from one horrible publisher (2k) they went to another? I honestly doubt it has any chance of success with perfect world, other than 1-2 month hype then dead