Back 4 Blood Articles RSS Feed | Back 4 Blood RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Back 4 Blood Gameplay Trailer Reveals Early Access Open Beta Dates Fri, 11 Jun 2021 10:02:22 -0400 David Carcasole

Summer Games Fest has kicked into full gear and Back 4 Blood, the spiritual successor to the popular zombie co op shooter Left 4 Dead, got a new, if short, gameplay trailer announcing early access open beta dates. 

The Back 4 Blood open beta will have two sessions: one for those given early access, either by pre-ordering the game or by registering at the official Back 4 Blood website, and one available to all. However, publisher Warner Bros. and developer Turtle Rock Studios say that registering does not guarantee an early access code since there are a limited number available. 

The first early access open beta lasts from August 5 to August 9, while the second portion of the beta, which is available to all players, will be from August 12 to August 16. Either portion of the beta can be played on PC, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, or Xbox Series X|S. 

Those interested in taking part in the open beta can sign up on this page

The last look of Back 4 Blood trailer we got put a spotlight on some of the game's available characters. Before that, Turtle Rock highlighted the Back 4 Blood card system, which lets players improve character abilities and create unique builds. 

We'll soon get to see more of the zombie-slaughter-fest in action come June 13, when the game's PvP showcase for Back 4 Blood goes live during the game's E3 2021 presentation. That presentation can be seen over on the Back 4 Blood Twitch and YouTube channels, as well as Facebook. It starts at 5 p.m. EST. 

Back 4 Blood will launch on October 12 for PC, PS4, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. Stay tuned for more. 

New Back 4 Blood Trailer Showcases Cast and Enemies Fri, 21 May 2021 12:34:39 -0400 David Carcasole

Back 4 Blood, the spiritual successor to the classic co op zombie shooter Left 4 Dead, has been pumping up fans of Valve's title with every news look.

The latest trailer from Turtle Rock Studios shows off the eight different playable characters you'll be able to choose from, and it also introduces some of the different types of zombies, or "ridden" as they're called, that you'll get to haply blow to bits. You can watch the trailer below. 

The trailer is narrated by one of the characters you can play as (named Holly) as she introduces the rest of her team, the Cleaners. All of the members bring something unique to the fight, whether they be a medic, support, marksman, or outright assault fighter. 

We also get some information on each of the characters' backstories, along with what turned this world into a zombie infestation in the first place. The different enemy types on display, such as Breakers, Orges, Snitches, and Hags, all seem to present their own unique challenges and have specific weak points for players to take advantage of.

Back 4 Blood is set to release later this year, on October 12, 2021, for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. 

New Back 4 Blood Trailer Highlights Extensive Card System Wed, 05 May 2021 11:40:47 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Back 4 Blood release date might have been delayed until fall 2021, but Turtle Rock still has something new to tease us with. The latest Back 4 Blood trailer shows the game's signature card system in detail and promises both extensive customization and replayability. 

The card system is much more refined already than it was a few months ago during the Back 4 Blood alpha. It starts with the game dealing you a set of Corruption Cards that alters each stage's difficulty. Then you choose your cards, either from a set of pre-dealt cards or from random cards dealt from your own deck.

There's a vast range of cards to choose from. There's a card to enhance your health or give you a close-combat knife, plus cards that improve visibility, grant additional weapon types and ammo, and more.

Smart deck building and coordination will be key to Back 4 Blood gameplay. Some decks let you build a healer character, while others turn you into a melee monster-destroying machine. 

The goal is figuring out what builds work best with your team and what you need for each stage.

It's a dynamic process, since Back 4 Blood's AI, dubbed The Game Director, changes the level every time you play. No strategy will work the same twice.

Back 4 Blood releases October 12 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. A Back 4 Blood beta is planned for sometime in summer 2021.

Back 4 Blood Gets Delayed, Open Beta Announced Thu, 25 Mar 2021 14:33:52 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Back 4 Blood, the upcoming third-person zombie shooter from Turtle Rock Studios, has been delayed to October 12, 2021, the development studio announced today on Twitter. The game was originally planned for a June 22, 2021 launch. However, the summer months won't be barren. Turtle Rock also announced that a Back 4 Blood open beta would arrive sometime this summer. 

As is often the case with these types of delays, the developer said that they would like to take more time with Back 4 Blood to make it something that will live up to not only their expectations but fans' expectations as well. 

The tweet reads:

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. 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. 

As of this writing, there is no word on when the summer open beta will be available or what platforms will have access to it. It's also unclear if pre-ordering the game will give players access or not. We'll just have to hold tight for more information on that front.

The co op shooter was first announced back in 2019. Its first gameplay trailer was shown at the Game Awards 2020 and was confirmed for release on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. It immediately grabbed the attention of zombie-slayers and survival horror fans. Chris Ashton, Turtle Rock's Design Director called it a "return to our [the studio's] roots."

Though Back 4 Blood looks eerily similar to another highly popular zombie-killing game from Valve — and even inconspicuously shares the number 4 in its name — it is not related to that franchise and is entirely its own thing. Stay tuned for more on Left 4 Dead 3 (erm) Back 4 Blood later this summer.

[Source: Turtle Rock Studios]

Back 4 Blood Gets Release Date, New Trailer, and Gameplay Fri, 11 Dec 2020 13:20:05 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Turtle Rock Studios, perhaps most known for the acclaimed Left 4 Dead series, is back for more zombie shooting action, or rather, they're back for blood — literally. After giving us a brief tease in 2019, the studio finally unveiled the first footage of Back 4 Blood, Left 4 Dead's spiritual successor, during The Game Awards 2020.

Back 4 Blood has a planned June 21, 2021 release date on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Turtle Rock also announced a Back 4 Blood closed alpha test for December 17.

Back 4 Blood features the same zombie-slaying co op DNA as its spiritual forebears, as a band of humans called The Cleaners fight to rid the world of the Devil Worm. Worm zombies of all shapes and sizes crowd post-apocalyptic streets, hungering for blood and spewing all manner of nasty fluids to entrap their human prey.

It's a staple setup fans expect, which is exactly what Turtle Rock wants out of Back 4 Blood.

Chris Ashton, Turtle Rock's Design Director, said:

Our fans have been waiting a long time for us to return to our roots and it’s amazing to finally show the world what we’ve been working on.

We are making this game with our community in mind and are firing on all cylinders to give players a compelling zombie experience that is unlike any other.

The team also showed off world-premier Back 4 Blood gameplay during the awards show. 

Registration for the closed Back 4 Blood alpha test, which is from December 17 to December 21, is open on the official website.

Turtle Rock is also hosting an in-depth Back 4 Blood gameplay demonstration on December 17 at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST, viewable on their Twitch and YouTube channels. Stay tuned for more. 

Left 4 Dead Developer Announces New Co-Op Zombie Shooter, Back 4 Blood Thu, 14 Mar 2019 15:38:59 -0400 QuintLyn

Turtle Rock, the makers of Left 4 Dead, are back making zombie shooter games. The company today announced its new project, a co-op zombie game titled Back 4 Blood.

The new game is an original title designed from the ground up, and it is being published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Turtle Rock has moved on from its partnership with 2K Games.

Back 4 Blood will expand on Turtle Rock's zombie heritage, taking what makes the Left 4 Dead series so successful while adding new features and improving technology.

The Turtle Rock team seems excited to return to the genre that put it on the map. In fact, Chris Ashton, company co-founder and design director, issued a statement, noting what an "awesome opportunity" the new project is.

He added how happy the team was to return to the zombie shooter genre, now with 10 years of experience under their belts and plenty of new zombie ideas to go along with it.

Phil Robb, who also founded Turtle Rock with Ashton, added to Ashton's statement, saying the company has no plans to rest "on any past laurels."

Our goal is to take all we’ve learned and push forward. We know that’s a tall order. We’re growing the team considerably because we’re stepping up to the biggest challenge in this studio’s history. We know this title has to stand out and we fully intend to make that happen.

As of this writing, Turtle Rock hasn't provided any further information on the game, including images, video, or a release date. does exist, but the link currently leads to the Back 4 Blood press release on the main Turtle Rock site. 

That said, we likely won't have to wait too long to at least get a glimpse of something from the game, even if it's just a logo. 

Left 4 Dead is one of the most popular zombie game franchises of all time. Although the last game in the series, Left 4 Dead 2, released more than nine years ago, both it and the original have continued to receive support over that time, even receiving a campaign add on back in 2016. 

Last year, enhanced versions of both games were added to the Xbox One X library.