Back 4 Blood is a zombie first-person horde shooter video game developed by Turtle Rock Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It features co-operative gameplay and player versus player (PvP) combat. Back 4 Blood is the self-titled spiritual successor to the very first Turtle Rock Studios game, Left 4 Dead.
Back 4 Blood is playable on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. It was released on October 12th, 2021. Players who purchased the Deluxe or Ultimate edition could play the game a couple days early, on October 7th, 2021.
Main article: Cleaners
Back 4 Blood features 8 survivors, known as Cleaners. The first four cleaners were introduced in the reveal trailer: Walker (man in the hat), Holly (woman with the red hair), Evangelo (man with the fluffy hair), and Hoffman (man with glasses). The remaining 4 cleaners are Doc (woman physican), Jim (man in hunting outfit), Karlee (punk woman), and Mom (middle-aged woman). Any four of the eight Cleaners can be selected in a game. Each Cleaner has different abilities and perks.
The annual pass (which is included in the Deluxe and Ultimate editions of the game) will include new playable characters, both Cleaners and playable Mutation Ridden for PvP.
You are at the center of a war against the Ridden. These once-human hosts of a deadly parasite have turned into terrifying creatures bent on devouring what remains of civilization. With humanity's extinction on the line, it's up to you and your friends to take the fight to the enemy, eradicate the Ridden, and reclaim the world.
There are currently three modes: Coop Campaign played through several Acts, Swarm which is a Player versus Player (PvP) mode, and Training which is Coop Campaign but solo with bots. Cleaners upgrade their characters with Cards in both all modes. In Swarm when playing as the Ridden team, the Zombie Mutation System is used to upgrade the Common ridden as well as to power up the playable Ridden classes.
Back 4 Blood is available in three different editions: Standard, Deluxe and Ultimate.
Below we will explain the differences between the editions.
The Standard edition contains only the base game, which is necessary to play Back 4 Blood.
In terms of content, it is the same as the version that can be played through the Xbox (PC) Gamepass.
Owners of the Standard Edition of Back 4 Blood have the option to purchase the Annual Pass separately.
In addition to the base game, the Deluxe edition also includes the so-called Annual Pass, which provides access to three exclusive expansions. These can include new story content, playable characters, new Mutations, and much more.
The first expansion owners of the Annual Pass can look forward to is the Tunnels of Terror expansion which will become available on April 12th, 2022.
The Ultimate edition, as the name suggests, offers the ultimate Back-4-Blood experience.
It includes all the content you get in the Deluxe Edition, plus four Battle Hardened skins that unlock exclusive skins for Evangelo, Holly, Mom, and Walker. With Patch 1.07, Doc, Hoffman, Jim, and Karlee received their Battle Hardened skins. Additionally, Ultimate Edition owners will receive an exclusive Ultimate banner, Ultimate emblem, Battle Hardened title, and Ultimate spray.
The following table presents the minimum, recommended, Ultra and Ultra 4K system requirements.
|System Part||Minimum PC Specs||Recommended PC Specs||Ultra Specs||Ultra 4K Specs|
|OS||64-bit Windows 10||64-bit Windows 10||64-bit Windows 10||64-bit Windows 10|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-6600 (3.3 GHz) OR AMD Ryzen 5 2600 (3.4 GHz)||Intel Core i5-8400 (2.8 GHz) OR AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (3.6 GHz)||Intel Core i7-8700K (3.70 GHz) OR AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (3.70 GHz)||Intel Core i7-8700K (3.70 GHz) OR AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (3.70 GHz)|
|RAM||8 GB||12 GB||16 GB||16 GB|
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 570||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon RX 590||Intel Core i7-8700K (3.70 GHz) OR AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (3.70 GHz)||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti OR AMD Radeon RX 6800|
|DirectX Version||DirectX 12||DirectX 12||DirectX 12||DirectX 12|
|Storage||40 GB HDD||40 GB SSD||40 GB SSD||40 GB SSD|
|Notes||1080p / 60fps / Low Quality Settings||1080p / 60fps / High Quality Settings||1440p / 60fps / Epic Quality Settings / DLSS - Quality / FSR - Ultra Quality||2160p / 60fps / Epic Quality Settings / DLSS - Quality / FSR - Quality|
Content Road Map
On November 8th, 2021 Turtle Rock Studios released a content roadmap featuring free updates and an announcement about the first expansion called Tunnels of Terror that comes with the Annual Pass.
The following content will be provided via the free content updates:
• Quality of Life improvements
• Major Bug Fixes
• Solo Offline Mode with Campaign Progression
• New Supply Lines
• Ridden Practice Area
• Holiday Seasonal Event
• New Difficulty
• New Co-op Mode
• New Card Type
• New Player & Corruption Cards
• Melee Updates
Tunnels of Terror will feature a new activity type, story content, playable Cleaners and Ridden, weapons, cards, and exclusive skins.