Back 4 Blood release date, crossplay, beta and characters

Back 4 Blood is a cooperative first-person shooter from the creators of the critically-acclaimed Left 4 Dead franchise. The game will see you fending off hordes of undead with up to three friends or AI-controlled teammates, and will be available on both PS5 and Xbox Series X, as well as last-gen consoles and PC.

The game was supposed to launch on June 22, 2021, but has been pushed back until October. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming shooter from Turtle Rock Studios.

Back 4 Blood: cut to the chase

What is it? A cooperative first-person shooter by Turtle Rock StudiosWhen’s it out? October 12, 2021What can I play it on? PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC

Back 4 Blood release date and price

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Back 4 Blood will be released on October 12, 2021. The game will be available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One consoles and PC. 

Back 4 Blood will cost $59.99 / £59.99 / AU$79.99 for the standard edition of the game, $89.99 / £79.99 for the Deluxe Edition and $99.99 / £89.99 for the Ultimate Edition. Pricing will vary depending on your territory.

Back 4 Blood trailers

Back 4 Blood

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Want to watch all the Back 4 Blood trailers in one place? We’ve rounded up all the videos of the game in action for your viewing pleasure below.

Back 4 Blood – Extended gameplay Demo
Turtle Rock Studios shared an extended gameplay demo of Back 4 Blood. We see Cleaners Walker, Hoffman, Holly and Evangelo fight their way through a massive Ridden attack. 

Back 4 Blood – Meet the Cleaners trailer
Want to know who you’ll be playing as in Back 4 Blood? Check out the Cleaners trailer below which introduces the eight characters in the game. 

Back 4 Blood – Card System Trailer
Deal, slay, earn and replay: Back 4 Blood has an innovative new card system that players can look forward to. Check out the trailer below which explains the game’s card system in detail, and how it affects each playthrough.

Back 4 Blood Gameplay Showcase
Turtle Rock Studios gameplay was first shown on December 17, 2020. In the trailer below, you can watch the livestream which includes developer commentary and how the game plays.

Back 4 Blood – Reveal trailer
Everyone loves a good cinematic teaser trailer. Check out Back 4 Blood’s which was shown on December 11, 2020.

Back 4 Blood – Gameplay demo
This short gameplay demo of Back 4 Blood gives you a glimpse of the type of zombie-filled mayhem that awaits players when the game releases in October. 

Back 4 Blood gameplay and story

Back 4 Blood

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Back 4 Blood puts you in the shoes of one of eight customizable ‘Cleaners’, a group of grizzled veterans who have banded together to fight against the catastrophic outbreak that has either killed off or infected most of humanity. 

You’ll need to fight against parasite-infected freaks known as the Ridden, who come in various shapes and sizes that will require different strategies to overcome. The game can be played solo or with up to three friends online or with AI-controlled teammates, and includes a co-op story campaign. 

Back 4 Blood also features a 4v4 PvP mode where you can play as a Cleaner or Ridden. Both sides come with unique weapons and abilities, which should make for some interesting gameplay encounters.

Developer Turtle Rock Studios also claim that Back 4 Blood features “extreme replayability”, as no playthrough is the same due to the changing environments, hazards and enemy type placements. The game’s dynamic ‘Game Director’ ensures that there will be lots of variety, and tougher legions of Ridden to deal with as you play.

The game’s rogue-lite Card System will also create new experiences as you play: you can jump right in with a pre-made deck, or dive into Back 4 Blood’s vast customization options.

Back 4 Blood characters

Back 4 Blood Cleaners

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Known as Cleaners, Back 4 Blood features eight customizable characters, all of whom have their own strengths and abilities. Let’s meet the eclectic crew who are tasked with getting rid of the Ridden.

Spawn ammo with kills
– +1 offensive item slot
– Increases team ammo capacity

Howard Robert Hoffman was probably more prepared than most for the apocalypse. An enthusiastic prepper and conspiracy theorist, Hoffman managed to survive as the world fell into chaos, but he’s now ready to put his skills into good use.

– Precision kills increase accuracy
– Increased damage
– Increased team health

Elijah Walker is a former Army Ranger and a highly-skilled combatant as a result. Though he’s a man of few words, Walker’s commitment to the fight means he commands respect among his fellow Cleaners. 

Heals low health teammates even without items
– Increased healing efficiency
– Increased team trauma resistance

Known simply as ‘Doc’, this Cleaner sacrificed her social life for a career in medicine. It means she’s a hell of a doctor, even if her bedside manner leaves a little to be desired. What’s more, she’s more than capable with a weapon in her hand, which makes her the ideal teammate when facing the Ridden.

– Instant revive
– +1 support inventory
– +1 team extra life

Mom has never shirked away from a challenge and took on newfound responsibility as the apocalypse hit. Outspoken and fiercely strong-willed, she’s out for revenge after losing her son. 

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– Recover stamina with kills
– Increased damage resistance
– Increased team stamina

Holly Forrester is extremely resilient and great at boosting the team’s morale. She’s known as the glue that keeps the Cleaners together, and seen as a bright light in the darkness of the apocalypse.

– Can break out of grabs
– Stamina regen
– Increased team movement speed

Evangelo is the youngest member of the Cleaners, but that doesn’t mean he can’t hold his own in a fight. While his nerves might show from being overly chatty, he’s eager to prove he’s got what it takes to be part of the team.

– Can sense hazards –
+1 quick inventory –
+1 team use speed

Karlee’s allegiance hasn’t always been clear, but the rise of the Ridden has helped her pick a side. Karlee is determined to help the remaining survivors, but is unlikely to be best friends with anyone any time soon.

– Precision kills increase damage
– +1 aim down sight speed
– Increased team weak spot damage

A seasoned hunter, Jim also has a military background. It means he’s well-equipped to deal with the Ridden and hunt out any infestations. A trusted Cleaner, Jim is exactly the type of person you’d want on your side during the outbreak.

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Back 4 Blood enemies

Back 4 Blood

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There will be eight types of Ridden to survive against in Back 4 Blood, each of which poses a unique threat to you and your squad. Here’s a roundup of the disfigured nasties you’ll need to dispose of in Back 4 Blood.

The Snitcher will let out a deafening screech when aggravated, which will cause a fresh horde of Ridden to appear. Shut it up before it screams, or you might regret it.

An intimidating sight, the Tallboy stalks its victims but can quickly close the gap by dashing forward at speed. If the Tallboy gets near enough, watch out for its massive club-like arm as it will try to pulverize you and your team. Aim at its weak spot, the shoulder, before it can take a swing.

You’ll probably smell this stinker before you see it. The Reeker is a large but slow-moving enemy that explodes on death. Just make sure you keep your distance before it blows up, as the Reeker will blow players back and cover you in sticky pus.

You’ll need to keep your wits about you when a Stinger appears. This Ridden can traverse many surfaces and tends to stick to the shadows. If it manages to pin you with its phlegm (gross), you’ll need to get a teammate to break you out or use a breakout card.

We’ll update this section as more Ridden are announced. 

Back 4 Blood news

Back 4 Blood PVP showcase

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Summer Game Fest
We’re going to get more Back 4 Blood news at this year’s Summer Game Fest show, which focuses on the game’s PvP mode. 

The showcase takes place on June 13 at 2pm PT / 10pm BST / 7am AEST and should give us another look at the survival game in action.

Will Back 4 Blood have cross-play?

Turtle Rock hasn’t confirmed whether cross-play will be included in Back 4 Blood, but the developer has reportedly confirmed cross-platform support on its official Discord (via GameWatcher).

Cross-play support would be a great addition to Back 4 Blood, as the player base wouldn’t be needlessly segregated by platforms and it would ensure that the game would always have a healthy amount of players.

When is the Back 4 Blood beta?

Turtle Rock has revealed that an open beta is on the way sometime this summer (between June and September), but hasn’t provided a date just yet. The game has previously undergone a closed alpha which ran from December 17 to December 21, 2020.

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