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Left 4 Dead creators announce Back 4 Blood, a new zombie shooter

Published: 20:00, 14 March 2019
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Turtle Rock Studios, the developers behind Left 4 Dead series have decided to create their own spiritual successor to the popular co-op zombie shooter which will be named Back 4 Blood and will be published by Warner Bros. Interactive.

Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 were both officially developed and published by Valve but it was Turtle Rock Studios who came up with the project and created the first game. The branding is a result of Valve buying the developer studio before the original game's release.

They split later on, in 2009, but Turtle Rock were allowed to retain their name while Valve got the rights to Left 4 Dead franchise. Given the amazing phobia of number three that is stuck with Gabe Newell, fans gave up on hopes to have a third instalment of the popular zombie shooter, but Turtle Rock are apparently ready to offer them a spiritual successor instead.

Back 4 Blood will be published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and will apparently take notes from Left 4 Dead but also add more features as Turtle Rock are not content on "resting on past laurels" and will be looking to push the limits of their expanded team.

The announcement was followed by an FAQ that confirmed Back 4 Blood will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There is no official Nintendo Switch announcement, but the FAQ did note that "more possibilities aren't out of the question".

Turtle Rock and Warner Bros. have apparently not decided on the pricing yet, but they did state that Back 4 Blood will be a premium AAA title. Post-launch microtransactions are not off-the-table but the team is apparently focused on game development now, not recurring revenue.

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Back 4 Blood will feature both a campaign that will be playable as co-op mode and PvP which should ensure the game's longevity. Other than these few highlights, there was precious little Turtle Rock revealed about the game but the reason for announcing it so early was apparently to also draw in new talent as the FAQ also contains a link where developers can apply to Turtle Rock's job listings.

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