Of course, the thirst for a new Left 4 Dead game is just months away from being quenched. More than a decade of waiting and original developer Turtle Rock Studios revealed Back 4 Blood: a modern successor which merges all the beloved attributes of the original Valve series and brings the experience to a new standard. Recently, some players are already sampling part of the game with early access to the coming open beta.
Of course, the playtest is out for those that pre-ordered the game or managed to get hands on a code for the open beta. For the general public, players are to expected the floodgates to open wide coming this Thursday, August 12. Additionally, those on Xbox Game Pass are in for a treat as Back 4 Blood will be launching day one for the service at no additional cost to its monthly price tag.
However, hopes that Back 4 Blood being a direct descendant of Left 4 Dead will be disappointed. One of the differing attributes that defines Back 4 Blood from Left 4 Dead is that the game will not feature a versus campaign mode, says Turtle Rock Studios’ Design Director Chris Ashton.
“We do not have plans to have a campaign versus mode at this time,” the team wrote on its Discord FAQ for Back 4 Blood. Additionally, Ashton explained that the game offers different opportunities in its own right which qualified for the mode not to be included despite the amount of popularity that cultivated around Versus campaign.
“We have a lot of defensive equipment and our specials are good at ambushing. Defending worked far better for our game than running from A-B.” Perhaps the choice to not include the mode might prove to be beneficial to the game rather than relying on nostalgia to fuel a spiritual successor. All in all, the team will show how effective the decision will be coming release later this fall.
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Back 4 Blood arrives on October 12, 2021 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC.