While we should have been playing Back 4 Blood already, the game, like many others over the last year, has been hit with a delay but the good news is that it is not a hefty one.


"Give us Left 4 Dead 3," has been cried for years - the last game in the series, Left 4 Dead 2, was just as strong as the first, and it released all the way back in 2009.

While Left 4 Dead 3 almost certainly never going to happen, we do have the next big thing in Back 4 Blood, a game that has been described as the "spiritual successor" to Left 4 Dead and is made by Turtle Rock Studios who were behind the original game. This should give us the fix we have been craving for the last 12 years.

Here is all we know about the fun zombie-filled Back 4 Blood so far.

When is the Back 4 Blood release date?

We're trying not to think too much about the fact we were supposed to be playing the game in the summer, with Back 4 Blood originally set to be released on 22nd June. A pesky delay came along though and it was pushed back, but we do now know that it will be with us on 12th October, 2021.

But that doesn't mean you can't play it sooner as the early access open beta is set to run from 5th August to 8th August and all you need to do is sign up and hope you get sent a code. After that there is another chance with the fully open beta running from 12th August to 16th August.

What platforms can I get Back 4 Blood on?

Back 4 Blood is set to be released on PC and Xbox - with an Xbox Series X release confirmed - as well as PS4 and PS5. Sorry, Nintendo Switch gamers! Hopefully, it will be ported across to it at some point down the line.

There is also some really great news for Xbox players as the game has been confirmed to be an addition to Game Pass on the day it comes out.

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Back 4 Blood gameplay

back 4 blood gameplay

Get ready for all the Left 4 Dead feels with this as, as expected and hoped, there are lots of similarities between the two.

Four-player cooperative games are the way to play on this one, with four different characters you and your friends can choose to play as - each having their own skills and personality. We also get an eight-player PVP mode and the game is made to be one that is endlessly replayable. Consider us sold already.

Something that was not in Left 4 Dead though is cards and they will play a big part in Back 4 Blood. Whenever you start a level, you will add cards to your deck and what ones you will pick will influence the game in different ways. For example, you can have a card that will give you a health boost or give you extra stamina.

Cards will also be used against you and the AI Director will be able to dish out Corruption cards that do things like adding extra zombies to an attack or creating fog to hinder your vision.

Can I pre-order Back 4 Blood?

You certainly can. GAME and Amazon are just two of the places you can head to in order to make sure you get a copy of the game on release day.

Back 4 Blood trailer

Here is the Back 4 Blood trailer. Get ready for a new one, and a lot of gameplay, to be shown off at E3 2021 where WB Games have a whole showcase planned for the game.

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