Back 4 Blood, the spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead from Turtle Rock Studios, is delayed by nearly four months, to October 12th.
The news comes via a statement that the developer posted on the game’s official Twitter account. The reasoning behind the delay is to ensure that the game releases in the best state possible.
In that same statement, the developer also teased that a beta test for the game will come out sometime this summer.
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. Therefore, we will release Back 4 Blood on October 12, 2021. We thank our community for their continued support and are excited to share that there will be an open beta this summer.Turtle Rock Studios
No other information regarding the delay or beta was given at this time. The game was initially supposed to come out on June 22nd.
Back 4 Blood was announced at The Game Awards last year, via a world debut trailer. The trailer featured gameplay that fans of Left 4 Dead should be familiar with mainly four-person, zombie shooting co-op.
Turtle Rock Studios is comprised of former Valve developers who worked on the original Left 4 Dead, making them the perfect people to make the spiritual successor to the original series.
In back 4 Blood, players will have to shoot their way through zombie-infested levels in order to get from one safe house to another.
The big difference between this and Left 4 Dead is the card system. At the beginning of every mission, each player chooses cards from a deck that changes different elements of that current mission including health, weapons, and the number of enemies. Conversely, the AI will have its own cards that it will use against the player.
Back 4 Blood is not the first game to be delayed this year. Not even a week ago it was announced that Gotham Knights is delayed to next year. More delays are expected to affect nearly all of the game industry due to the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.