Turtle Rock Studios and WB Games have confirmed that the co-op first person shooter Back 4 Blood has been delayed to October 12th. The game was due to be released on June 22nd for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Instead, Turtle Rock has stated that the delay is necessary as more time is needed for development.
In a statement, Turtle Rock Studios wrote:
“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 its continued support and are excited to share there will be an open beta this summer.”
At the moment, Turtle Rock Studios has not shared when in summer the open beta is going to take place, nor the content that will feature in the beta either. It is likely that the beta will be playable on all systems that Back 4 Blood is set to be released upon. Back 4 Blood was announced back in March 2019, with Turtle Rock very keen to make it clear that this is not Left 4 Dead 3, but rather its own thing, but you might not believe them considering some of the very archetypal zombies shown in the trailers.
In our preview for Back 4 Blood, Stefan wrote:
There’s obviously a way for this game to go from closed alpha to its full release in June 2021, and Turtle Rock will be rebalancing all of these elements over time, but Back 4 Blood immediately feels like a natural and modernised successor to the greatness of Left 4 Dead.
The Tank is dead, long live the Ogre!
You can read the full preview in the article Back 4 Blood Preview – Is this the Left 4 Dead sequel we’ve been waiting for?