Turtle Rock's Back 4 Blood Isn't Left 4 Dead 3, but It Sure Sounds Similar

Turtle Rock's Back 4 Blood Isn't Left 4 Dead 3, but It Sure Sounds Similar

Co-op zombie-killing is staggering back into the fray.

Warner Bros. Interactive and Turtle Rock Studios have announced Back 4 Blood, a co-op zombie-killing adventure. The project is in the hands of the former development team behind Valve's (currently dormant) Left 4 Dead series, so if you've been waiting for its Second Coming, savor this news.

Turtle Rock announced Back 4 Blood today on its official blog. The game is planned for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, though "more possibilities aren't out of the question." A release date hasn't been set in place yet.

"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,” Turtle Rock co-founder Chris Ashton states in the Back 4 Blood announcement. Ashton also worked on the Left 4 Dead games. "We also have some of the best teammates in the business at WBIE who understand our development process and are equally committed to our player-first mentality. We love being able to announce, so we can start working with the community right away."

Turtle Rock already published a Back 4 Blood FAQ, but it's a little sparse. Seems the game is still quite a ways off, and the studio is actually recruiting developers to help work on the project. Turtle Rock is also interested in hearing from members of the community. "We love getting to know and interact with our community and the sooner we can do that, the better!"

Turtle Rock is prepared to tell you this much, though: Back 4 Blood won't have a Battle Royale mode. You're safe, Fortnite. You too, Apex Legends.

It's been a decade since Left 4 Dead 2 was released, and much like the undead, fans are ravenous for new content. Looks like you'll need to be patient before Back 4 Blood lands. In the meantime, you can whet your appetite with the Xbox One X-enhanced ports of Left 4 Dead 1 and 2.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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