Back 4 Blood has recently found its way across multiple stages from E3 to Summerfest press and fan events. This should come as little surprise: the game is a spiritual successor to the wildly popular Left 4 Dead series. The newest entry in the franchise is only a few months away, arriving on October 12th, 2021. The game’s developer Turtle Rock Studios took advantage of this opportunity and shared more info in a dedicated showcase. Let’s breakdown what Back 4 Blood is all about and what new exciting features are coming this fall.
What is Back 4 Blood All About?
For the uninitiated to the series, it is all about surviving a zombie-like apocalypse. The forces you are battling aren’t necessarily undead but infected with a mysterious alien parasite.
You fight back against the treated in a group of survivors, or “cleaners” against the ridden (infected) horde. The FPS experience ratchets up the immersion putting you in the shoes of a battle hardened cleaner. The game is a cooperative multiplayer experience at its core allowing for up to 4 players to combine forces online. PvP modes brings the player tally up to 8 players in the new and exciting Swarm Mode.
New PvP Experience: Swarm Mode
This new mode pits cleaners against player controlled ridden in resource limited rounds of play. This new mode looks to mix up the Back 4 Blood formula, finally letting players join the ranks of the ridden.
For the first time ever, you’ll get to choose from different enemy classes and play as “the bad guys.” There are quite a few choices, you can play as a reeker, retch, exploder, stinger, hocker, stalker, tallboy, crusher, and bruiser. Each comes with different offensive advantages like being able to explode on impact, use powerful melee attacks or overwhelm with super-human speed. You can also power up and enhance all of these abilities as you progress in each round.
No matter which side you choose, teamwork is key against the variety of opponents that will pile in. Each round is timed and dependant on a strong performance as upgrades are awarded based on kills. Once a round ends the sides switch, you will get to play as both human cleaners and the infected ridden in a match.
The action in the gameplay trailer looks chaotic, frantic and fun!
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Back 4 Blood explodes onto the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC on October 12th, 2021. If you are an Xbox Game Pass subscriber, it will be accessible day one from the catalog on launch day. Keep an eye out for more details as an open beta starts on August 5.
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