Back 4 Blood from Left 4 Dead developer Turtle Rock Studios has been delayed. The studio took to social media to announce the delay, which will see Back 4 Blood releasing on Oct. 12, 2021 instead of its original June 22 date. Turtle Rock says that the team understandably wants its action co-op zombie shooter to arrive in top form, which is what led to the decision to push back its release.
— Back 4 Blood (@back4blood) March 25, 2021
Back 4 Blood was revealed as a sort of spiritual successor to the original Left 4 Dead series during the Game Awards 2020. It’s clear from what we’ve seen so far that the game heavily plays into the co-op interactions of the zombie game that came before, but Back 4 Blood boasts its own unique enemies, characters, and a few more features that set it apart as its own experience. One major mechanic is the game’s roguelike card system, which can make surviving a lot more difficult or much easier.
The Escapist’s Mark Delaney got to go hands-on with Back 4 Blood’s alpha test last year and came away impressed. He found that the gameplay wrinkles that change up the experience are intriguing so far, adding that Turtle Rock may be able to keep its spot on the co-op shooter gameplay throne.