A new trailer along with new gameplay details for the open beta were revealed.
Warner Bros. Games and Turtle Rock Studios released details on the upcoming beta for Back 4 Blood, which will feature a new PvP mode and more campaign content as it launches starting August 5. They also launched the latest trailer for the game.
The newest aspect of Back 4 Blood’s open beta is the PvP mode, dubbed “Swarm”, which will pit two squads of four facing off in a best-of-three series swapping between the infected Ridden and the human Cleaners. The beta will feature two maps for this mode and showcase six different Ridden variants: the Bruiser, Retch, Hocker, Exploder, Crusher, and Stinger.
Though the Swarm mode is the centerpiece of new content featured in the open beta, it will also show off new campaign content, a new Cleaner to play as, two co-op maps, and the Fort Hope communal hub. It looks like the beta will touch on almost every aspect of the final game to some degree.
Back 4 Blood is a homecoming of sorts for Turtle Rock Studios, as it’s a return to the game type that put them on the map with Left 4 Dead. The squad-based competitive campaigns represent some of the best multiplayer experiences when the games were released, so seeing them attempt a spiritual successor has people understandably excited.
The open beta will be available for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and PC on August 5 for people who preordered the game and will last until August 9. For those who didn’t, there’s still a chance to get into the open beta via the Back 4 Blood website when it continues from August 12 until August 16. The beta supports cross-play and cross-gen. The full game is out October 12 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and PC.
For those who want to check out the different editions of the game, we’ve got you covered.
For those with Game Pass, the game will be appearing on the service day one. And a reminder that this is an online multiplayer experience, so you won’t be able to play the game offline.