The Left 4 Dead-inspired co-op shooter Back 4 Blood has been pushed back to October 2021. This is obviously a sad thing indeed BUT there is some good news. There will be an open Beta releasing this summer.
Back 4 Blood was initially scheduled to release this summer. However, the game will now debut first as a beta before being released in October [via PC Gamer]. The news was shared by Warner Bros, the game’s publisher, through the game’s official Twitter account:
“Turtle Rock Studios is working hard to make Back 4 Blood the best game it can possibly be at launch and the team needs more time to do this,” the publisher said on Twitter. “Therefore, we will release Back 4 Blood on October 12, 2021. We thank our community for its continued support and are excited to share that there will be an open beta this summer.”
March 25, 2021
You can pre-order Back 4 Blood in preperation for its new October release from the GameByte Shop.
If you’re a fan of Left 4 Dead, then you’re likely already aware of Turtle Rock’s upcoming spiritual successor. According to the studio’s founder, Chris Ashton, Back 4 Blood will expand upon the original Left 4 Dead by adding more story, missions and a brand new armada of zombies [via PC Gamer]. While Turtle Rock Studios’ last game, Evolve, fell flat for many fans, Back 4 Blood is set to be a grand return to what the developer does best. After all, they did make Left 4 Dead!
Warner Bros hasn’t provided a reason for the game’s delay, but the decision isn’t necessarily a bad sign. Back 4 Blood is an ambitious project, and it has a legacy to live up to. While fans are itching for a Left 4 Dead follow-up, the last thing anyone wants is for Back 4 Blood to be an uncanny knockoff. Hopefully, Turtle Rock is taking the time to refine Back 4 Blood’s experience, which will make it much more than just simply “Left 4 Dead 3”.
Back 4 Blood is coming to PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S and Steam on the 12th of October 2021. In the meantime here’s some gameplay from the alpha last year.