The team behind the original Left 4 Dead is back with a spiritual successor to their zombie titan of a game, with their newly announced project now in production, Back 4 Blood. WB Games and Turtle Rock are partnering on the game, promising to deliver a new take on the shambling hag that is the zombie FPS genre.
And with lackluster titles like Overkill’s The Walking Dead and the oft-delayed World War Z game filling the space, it will be very intriguing to see how Back 4 Blood competes for the lion’s share of gamer’s free time. And since Back 4 Blood is a brand new IP, I’m expecting good things out of this latest zombie shooter.
The developer is obviously excited about the new project, with Co-founder and Design Director Chris Ashton saying:
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.’ Other co-founder and Creative Director Phil Robb added: ‘We are not resting on any past laurels. Our goal is to take all we’ve learned and push forward.’ calling the game ‘the biggest challenge in this studio’s history.
In terms of actual content, Turtle Rock is still very early in the planning phase, so things are a bit up in the air at the moment. There will be a campaign and PvP modes, but no battle royale. Turtle Rocks is billing the game as a AAA title, so the more cynical among our readers might be able to suss out what that means. I would expect a $60 price tag with post-launch DLC sold in Season Passes, and possibly loot boxes or cosmetic microtransactions if Warner Bros didn’t learn their lesson from the disaster that was MTXs in Shadow of War. I really hope they did though and don’t shoehorn that garbage into this title.
There’s no firm release date yet, although we do know that the game will hope to target the PC, Xbox One and PS4 as release platforms. The developers are also working on post-launch content, but there’s no plan set in stone right now.
Source: Turtle Rock