Turtle Rock Studios announced today that Back 4 Blood has been delayed from June 22 to October 12, 2021. This has become the second game to have its launch day moved by Warner Bros in the last week, following Gotham Knights‘ rescheduled launch window of 2022. The news came to light via Twitter, alongside the following statement.
— Back 4 Blood (@back4blood) March 25, 2021
There will, however, be an open beta running this summer. Whilst there are currently no details on this, the developer will likely share further information soon to bounce back from the disappointing delay.
Despite being a brand-new IP, the new zombie shooter has already established an active fanbase. This is due to its likeliness to the classic PC/Xbox 360 series – Left 4 Dead – which Turtle Rock also developed. This game is unabashedly a spiritual successor, featuring a strikingly similar aesthetic and gameplay loop, both of which were shown off at The Game Awards last year.
There are some notable differences, though. For instance, there is a deck-building system in which the player uses different cards to tailor each playthrough. However, during the game, the AI will use corruption cards in an attempt to hinder progress. There will also be an eight-player PvP mode, which despite being absent from December’s alpha test, may appear in the upcoming beta.
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