The developers of fan favorite Left 4 Dead announced the creation of its spiritual successor. Turtle Rock Studios have announced Back 4 Blood!
A Lost Legacy
Left 4 Dead was one of the most popular zombie shooting games of its era, and nearly ten years have passed since we’ve seen a new one. Essentially, you and up to four friends would complete a series of maps where there were a few tasks to be completed. However, this was all meant to be done while fighting off hordes of the undead. What made Left 4 Dead stand out was the special zombies. They all had different abilities to make your journey all the more terrifying.
Sadly, we never saw a third entry. Valve, one of the developers, decided to focus on their distribution service Steam. However, Turtle Rock Studios has left Valve and set out as an independent developer once again. They have announced that they are partnering with Warner Bros. to create a new game called Back 4 Blood.
The undead are Back 4 Blood
Back 4 Blood is being called the spiritual successor of Left 4 Dead. Chris Ashton, from Turtle Rock Studios, stated:
It’s hard to overstate what an awesome opportunity this is. We get to return to a genre that was born in our studio with over ten years of additional experience and zombie ideas racked up in our brains.
David Haddad, president of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, had this to say of the partnership:
This is a great opportunity to work with [Turtle Rock] to create a new gaming universe built specifically with the large co-op zombie shooter community in mind.
Dead on details
Unfortunately, the details about the game are pretty slim. We know that it will be released for PC, XBOX One and PlayStation 4. We also know that while it will be similar to Left 4 Dead, but it won’t be connected to it at all. TS Studios have stated on their FAQ:
No. Back 4 Blood is our own brand new, original IP. You’ll be able to shoot up a lot of zombies like in Left 4 Dead, but there’s a whole lot of new stuff in Back 4 Blood which makes it unique.
Along as to why they’re revealing the game without any details:
Back 4 Blood is a hugely ambitious project and we need the best of the best to come join us. As an independent studio, we have to announce early to let our industry know we’re up to something big. If you are in the video game business and you are looking to make real contributions to a brand new AAA IP developed in Southern California, check us out. We also want to hear from you all about what you think about the games we’ve made in the past and what you are looking forward to in the future. We love getting to know and interact with our community and the sooner we can do that, the better!
For now, looks like we’ll just have to wait and see what shape Back 4 Blood will take. As time goes on hopefully the developers will have more to share. Until then, there’s always Left 4 Dead Mods!