Meet the eight playable characters who make up the Ridden slaying group, The Cleaners, in this new trailer for the upcoming first-person co-op zombie shooter, Back 4 Blood.
Get to know Holly, Walker, Doc, Karlee, Jim, Hoffman, Evangelo, and Mom, and learn more about the characters’ abilities and backgrounds. Additionally, get a peek at the range of Ridden variants you’ll fight against including Breakers, Ogres, Snitchers, Hags, and more.
The game has been considered to be the spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead, as it is being developed by the creators of the original game, and features largely identical gameplay. The game was announced at The Game Awards 2020, and came nearly a decade after Turtle Rock Studios split from Valve (who published both Left 4 Dead titles and still owns the rights to the franchise) and re-established itself as an independent studio.
The gameplay of Back 4 Blood is largely similar to Left 4 Dead, both are 4 player cooperative games and 8 players in a PvP mode with a focus on multiplayer and replayability. A new feature of Back 4 Blood is cards. At the start of each level, players need to build their deck with cards that adjust various elements of gameplay, such as modifying the player’s health, damage, and stamina. Along with player cards, the AI Director will also use Corruption cards against the player to hinder their progress. The AI can spawn extra enemies, activate a fog effect, and increase the size of the horde.
The game takes place after an outbreakcaused by a newly discovered parasite (which is heavily implied to be of alien origin). Most of humanity has been infected and turned into the “Ridden,” leaving players in a post apocalyptic world. In this world, a group of veterans called the “Cleaners” comes together to fight off the zombies. The cleaners’ names are Sonya (unknown last name), Jack Cutter, Mike (nickname “Mikey”) Walker, Holly, Hoffman, and Evangelo.
Back 4 Blood launches on October 12, 2021, for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC.