Turtle Rock Studios, the developer of Back 4 Blood, has recognized the community’s frustration at the game’s lack of progression in solo mode and is looking for ways to make it more rewarding.
As spotted by Eurogamer, the developer thanked fans on Twitter for their feedback on Solo Mode before explaining that various options are being investigated to address community concerns.
“We heard your frustration with the solo progression and are discussing ways to address the problem,” said Turtle Rock Studios. “Thank you for your patience and feedback at this time – we will have more news as we strategize about possible ways to do this.”
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We heard your frustration with the solo progression and are discussing ways to address the problem. Thank you for your patience and feedback at this time. We’ll have more news as we strategize on possible ways to implement it.
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Complaints about Back 4 Blood’s solo mode were illustrated in a thread on the game’s Reddit page. Those unhappy with the mode have given their reactions to a message that will appear on the screen if they choose to play the Back 4 Blood solo campaign. The message that can be seen in the following post is:
“Uses solo decks created in the Fort Hope deck menu. Maps and goals are adjusted. Matchmaking and player invitations are disabled. The collection of supply points is deactivated. Statistics tracking is disabled.
In Back 4 Blood, a player’s character can be tailored to different play styles. This element of the game uses a card-based system that allows you to tweak your character’s base stats and abilities in each act of the game. In between, players can purchase additional cards to add to their deck with Supply Points (in-game currency that rewards players for completing in-game missions).
However, in Solo mode, players cannot earn Supply Points and instead use Solo Decks. This means that during the solo campaign, players can start with access to all cards in the game and build a deck without having to spend supply points.
Since players don’t need Resupply Points for the Solo Campaign, it might be a reasonable assumption that they don’t need to earn any either. However, many fans believe that it is not and that disabling supply points completely detracts from the core element of progress in the gameplay of Back 4 Blood.
“I was REALLY looking forward to playing this solo,” said Reddit user xslimz. “But the lack of progress is really killing it. I understand it can be weird unlocking MP stuff when playing SP with bots, but they could at least reduce it to 25% of the rewards or something.”
“I understand they want you to play multiplayer as it is a team-based game,” added another user in a separate post. “But no rewards or achievements? It’s really disappointing to be forced to play with others if you want to progress at all.”
For the community, part of that frustration is a belief that the decision to disable Resupply Points in the Solo Campaign was made not in the best interests of the game’s core fan base, but rather to limit those who could take advantage of the Solo Campaign of the game by collecting points which you can then spend in other game modes. “We wouldn’t want anyone to offer the SP for supply points right now, or” one user said on the thread while another added, “People are going to cheat one way or another. It just makes more people angry.”
For more information on Back 4 Blood, check out these articles that cover the different player characters in the game, as well as the origins and design of the game’s new Swarm mode. Alternatively, if you’re just getting into Back 4 Blood, be sure to check out our beginner’s guide to the game.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN who spent his weekend accidentally breaking through the alarmed doors of Back 4 Blood. You can follow him Twitter.