Back 4 Blood is an upcoming zombie first-person shooter video game developed by Turtle Rock Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It will feature co-operative gameplay and player versus player (PvP) combat. Back 4 Blood is spiritual successor to the very first Turtle Rock Studios game, Left 4 Dead.

It had been announced in December 2020 that Back 4 Blood is set to be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S in June 2021.

Gameplay

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. 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.

Plot

The game takes place after an outbreak where most of humanity is diseased or infected and turned into the “Ridden”. Leaving players in a post apocalyptic world a group of veterans called the “Cleaners” come together to fight off the zombies.

Characters

Back 4 Blood will feature 8 cleaners. There were introduced 4 characters—3 male and 1 female—in the reveal trailer for Back 4 Blood. Their names are Walker (man in the hat), Holly (girl with the red hair), Evangelo (man with the fluffy hair), and Hoffman (man with glasses). There also 4 more cleaners team including another female characters but they are not revealed yet.

Setting

You are at the center of a war against the Ridden. These once-human hosts of a deadly parasite have turned into terrifying creatures bent on devouring what remains of civilization. With humanity’s extinction on the line, it’s up to you and your friends to take the fight to the enemy, eradicate the Ridden, and reclaim the world.

Development

The game was officially announced in March 2019 by Turtle Rock Studios, who were the creators of the first Left 4 Dead game. The game was officially unveiled during The Game Awards 2020, with the closed alpha releasing December 17, 2020. According to the development team, the game features a more expanded story than the Left 4 Dead games, 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. 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.

General Questions

Q: What kind of game is Back 4 Blood?
A: Back 4 Blood is a cooperative first-person shooter, zombie horror game with a heavy emphasis on multiplayer and replayability.

Q: Who is developing Back 4 Blood?
A: Turtle Rock Studios is developing Back 4 Blood.

Q: Who is publishing Back 4 Blood?
A: Warner Bros. Games is publishing Back 4 Blood.

Q: When does Back 4 Blood release?
A: Back 4 Blood will release on June 22, 2021.

Q: What platforms will Back 4 Blood be on?
A: Back 4 Blood will be available for PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One consoles, and PC.

Q: Which PC platform(s) will Back 4 Blood be available on?
A: Back 4 Blood will be available on Steam and the Epic Games Store.

Q: How much will Back 4 Blood cost?
A: The price will depend on the territory where the game is sold. In the US, Back 4 Blood will be available in Standard Edition ($59.99), Deluxe Edition ($89.99) and Ultimate Edition ($99.99).

Q: What kind of multiplayer modes will Back 4 Blood have?
A: Back 4 Blood will support up to 4 players in online co-op and 8 players in PvP.

Q: Can I play Back 4 Blood solo?
A: Yes, the Back 4 Blood campaign can be played solo with 3 AI teammates, and includes online drop in and drop out co-op with up to 3 friends.

Q: What is the story in Back 4 Blood?
A: The Back 4 Blood story takes place after a catastrophic outbreak where most of humanity has either been killed or infected. Hardened by the unspeakable events and emboldened to fight for humanity, a group of veterans of the apocalypse called the Cleaners have rallied together to take on the parasite infected horrors known as the Ridden to take back what is left in the world.

Closed Alpha Test Questions

Q: Is there an age requirement to play the Back 4 Blood Closed Alpha Test?
A: Yes, participants must be at least 18 years old to consent to our Alpha Test Agreement and participate.

Q: What countries can participate in the Back 4 Blood Closed Alpha Test?
A: The Back 4 Blood Closed Alpha Test is available for US, Canada, UK, Germany and France.

Q: What are the minimum spec requirements my PC needs in order to play the Back 4 Blood Closed Alpha Test?
A: Specs for the Closed Alpha Test can be found below. These specs are not indicative of the final version of the game.

  • CPU
    • Intel® Core ™ i5-8500 CPU @ 3.00 GHhz (6 CPUs)
    • 8GB RAM
  • Video Cards: GeForce GTX 770 or Radeon RX 480 or higher
  • OS: Windows 10

Q: Can I use a game controller to play the Back 4 Blood Closed Alpha Test?
A: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation®5, and PlayStation®4 console controllers are currently supported.

Q: I signed up for the Back 4 Blood Closed Alpha Test, when will I be able to play?
A: The Back 4 Blood Closed Alpha Test begins Dec. 17th and ends on Dec. 21st. Unfortunately, not every signee is guaranteed to play in the Closed Alpha Test as access is granted on a first come, first served basis.

Q: Will there be more opportunities to play Back 4 Blood before launch?
A: Those who are unable to participate during this Closed Alpha Test should stay tuned for more opportunities to play the game in the future.

Q: Will Back 4 Blood be playable on console before launch?
A: While the Back 4 Blood Closed Alpha Test is available for PC only, stay tuned for other upcoming opportunities to get your hands on the game in the future.

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