Back 4 Blood could be launching into Xbox Game Pass on day one, as the detail was let slip in the description for the upcoming PvP reveal stream. Back 4 Blood is coming out on 12th October for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Update: A new trailer for Back 4 Blood has now been released, confirming that the game will be on Xbox Game Pass on day one.
The description on the video reads, “Back 4 Blood will be coming to Xbox Game Pass at launch vis Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One, as well as Windows 10 PC.”
The YouTube Premiere page has since been made private, but not before this news was snapped by the eagle-eyed fans on Reddit – maybe take this with a pinch of salt. If it hasn’t been fabricated, the fact that it’s in the blurb at all would suggest that the announcement will happen beforehand, which makes sense when the Back 4 Blood PvP stream is scheduled to take place a few hours after tomorrow’s Xbox & Bethesda Showcase.
The game will have full cross-play across all platforms, which will be the subject of two beta tests this summer, as announced at the Summer Game Fest stream on Thursday. The betas will run from 5-9th August and 12-16th August.
If you’re wondering how such a brazen riff on Left 4 Dead isn’t getting derided the world over, it’s because it’s developed by Turtle Rock. This was the team that originally created the co-op shooter sensation Left 4 Dead while they were a part of Valve. Despite this, when Back 4 Blood was announced back in March 2019, Turtle Rock were very keen to make it clear that this is not Left 4 Dead 3, but rather its own thing. The number 4 in the middle of the game name was purely coincidental and this new game is completely distinct (for legal reasons).
In our preview for Back 4 Blood from the game’s alpha test, I 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?
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