Eh, Fall’s a better time for fighting zombies anyway.
During The Game Awards back in December, Turtle Rock Studio announced Back 4 Blood, a four-player action co-op shooter pitting four human survivors against a never-ending horde of the undead. If that sounds an awful lot like Left 4 Dead, that’s not coincidence; multiple members of Turtle Rock are Valve alumni who put work in on both Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, and after cutting their teeth on human-versus-monster game Evolve, they wanted to get back in touch with their roots. The game was originally slated for release in June, but it seems we’re gonna have to wait for the spooky season.
Turtle Rock announced on the official Back 4 Blood Twitter yesterday that the have formally delayed the release of the game from its original June release to October 12, 2021. “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,” their rather succinct message read.
— Back 4 Blood (@back4blood) March 25, 2021
However, while the main game is being delayed, Turtle Rock isn’t planning on leaving us hanging for the summer. In their same message, they announced that an open beta test of Back 4 Blood will be available to the public some time in the Summer months, possibly around its original release date. No word yet on what this beta test will entail or what, if any, prerequisites there will be to join in on it.
Back 4 Blood is slated for release on all current major platforms, including Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam. Pre-orders are already open on Steam and on retailer websites.