Back 4 Blood, which has only launched its beta ahead of a full release in October, managed to attract almost 100,000 players this weekend.
Back 4 Blood, a hotly-anticipated co-op zombie shooter in the classic style from Turtle Rock Studios, is off to a pretty thunderous start. The game managed to attract a whopping peak of 98,024 players over this weekend, and that's just on Steam.
The game, currently available as an early access beta test, became incredibly popular very quickly when it launched its early access, became one of Steam’s most actively played games in just a few hours – and its popularity continued throughout the weekend, per SteamDB.
That means, this weekend, more people played Back 4 Blood on Steam than Destiny 2 or Final Fantasy 14 Online. It's likely a similar situation on consoles, too.
This beta will be available until Monday, August 9 and another is scheduled to take place later in the week, commencing on August 12 and running through until August 16. Expect bigger numbers here; this time, the game will be completely open (not limited to pre-order promotions, Twitch drops, or giveaways).
If you didn't get a chance to play this weekend, don't worry; content is the same across both beta sessions, and includes two full PvE missions, five of the eight survivors, all weapons, as well as PvP open for players.
Sherif has investigated Back 4 Blood’s deck-building system, and found it to be one of the game’s greatest qualities – the article is worth a read for anyone wondering what sets this game apart from its co-op shooter peers.
Back 4 Blood is out October 12 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.