Back 4 Blood

Back 4 Blood is an upcoming multiplayer first-person shooter game developed by Turtle Rock Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It is slated for release on October 12, 2021, for Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Back 4 Blood
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Developer(s)Turtle Rock Studios
Publisher(s)Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Director(s)Phil Robb
Designer(s)Chris Ashton
EngineUnreal Engine 4[1]
ReleaseOctober 12, 2021
Genre(s)First-person shooter, survival horror
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

The game has been considered to be the spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead, as it is being developed by the creators of the original game, and features largely identical gameplay.[2] The game was announced at The Game Awards 2020, and came nearly a decade after Turtle Rock Studios split from Valve (who published both Left 4 Dead titles and still owns the rights to the franchise) and re-established itself as an independent studio.[3]


The gameplay of Back 4 Blood is largely similar to Left 4 Dead; both are 4 player cooperative games and 8 players in a PvP mode with a focus on multiplayer and replayability.[2] A new feature of Back 4 Blood is cards. At the start of each level, players need to build their deck with cards that adjust various elements of gameplay, such as modifying the player's health, damage, and stamina. Along with player cards, the AI Director will also use Corruption cards against the player to hinder their progress. The AI can spawn extra enemies, activate a fog effect, and increase the size of the horde.[4]


The game takes place after a worldwide outbreak caused by a newly discovered parasite (which is heavily implied to be of alien origin). Most of humanity has been infected and turned into the "Ridden," leaving players in a post-apocalyptic world. In this world, a group of veterans called the "Cleaners" comes together to fight off the zombies. The cleaners' names are Walker, Holly, Hoffman, Evangelo, Karlee, Doc, Jim, and Mom.[5]


The game is developed by Turtle Rock Studios, who were the creators of the first Left 4 Dead game. According to the development team, the game features a more expanded story than the Left 4 Dead games,[2] and has a more uplifting tone than other zombie games in the market. Phil Robb, the game's creative director, added that the Cleaners are more confident and capable, unlike the everymen from Left 4 Dead. He added that the players are not merely surviving and finding safe places. They are fighting zombies to create safe spaces. This is reflected in the dialogue between the Cleaners, who no longer sound like they were afraid of their enemies.[6] The team included the card systems in the game because they felt that it can keep the game dynamic and challenging for veteran players, though Turtle Rock also added a Classic mode, a more accessible experience that removes all the cards, for new players.[7]

The game was officially announced in March 2019 by Turtle Rock and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.[8] The game was officially unveiled during The Game Awards 2020, with the closed alpha releasing December 17, 2020.[9] Initially set to be released on June 22, 2021, the game has been delayed to October 12, 2021 for Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X and Series S. An open beta was released in mid-August of 2021.[10] The first phase began with early access from August 5 to August 9 for players who have pre-ordered the game. The second phase began and was available for all players from August 12 to August 16.


  2. ^ a b c Lahti, Evan (December 17, 2020). "I can't stress enough that Back 4 Blood is Left 4 Dead 3". PC Gamer. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  3. ^ Cutter, Jack (December 12, 2020). "Why Back 4 Blood Isn't Called Left 4 Dead 3". Retrieved December 22, 2020.
  4. ^ Saltzman, Mitchell (December 18, 2020). "Back 4 Blood - Hands On Preview - IGN". IGN. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  5. ^ Borthwick, Ben. "Back 4 Blood channels the spirit of Left 4 Dead in first gameplay trailer". Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  6. ^ McWhertor, Michael (December 17, 2020). "Back 4 Blood adds new complexity, bravado to the Left 4 Dead formula". Polygon. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  7. ^ Hornshaw, Phil (December 17, 2020). "Back 4 Blood Wants To Be Left 4 Dead With Better Teamwork". GameSpot. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  8. ^ Fingas, Joe (March 14, 2019). "'Left 4 Dead' studio Turtle Rock returns with 'Back 4 Blood'". Engadget. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  9. ^ Boudreau, Ian (December 17, 2020). "Back 4 Blood's closed alpha starts today, and here's how to register". PCGamesN. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  10. ^ Bankhurst, Adam (March 26, 2021). "Back 4 Blood Delayed to October 2021". IGN. Retrieved May 4, 2021.

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