- Go behind the scenes with lead writer Simon Mackenzie and discover how the Back 4 blood Campaign narration.
- Learn how Turtle Rock Studios created a game about a hypothetical pandemic while a real pandemic is on.
- Back 4 blood is now available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, Windows PC and with Xbox Game Pass.
So in December 2018, I sat down with the Turtle Rock Studios team and suggested a game story about the unthinkable. A global pandemic – how would people react? Who would they be? We had seen a thousand stories of humanity turning on itself, but we wanted to tell one of how they came together. We wanted to tell a story of camaraderie. Where people met the darkness with friendship and jokes on their lips. In fact, our mythical breakdown has brought our development team together like never before and worked together to build something new from the past.
Fast forward to March 2020 – the world is suddenly facing an uncertain future and everyone is facing challenges that they would never have expected outside of a film. And suddenly we were all working from home alone.
Game development is a highly collaborative endeavor and is full of challenges that require coordinated teamwork across all levels of an organization. Video conferencing became second nature. It is an honor for the team and the personalities of the Turtle Rock Studios that the ship not only remained stable, but also advanced at full steam!
I don’t look back this year as a fight, and as with all things, there have been fights. But like our cleaners, I look back and see our triumphs and what we have overcome Back 4 blood in the hands of the players. There is no better feeling than giving birth to something that other people enjoy, and after the last few years we could use the friendship and support our cleaners give one another.
Speaking of the cast, the highlight of 2020 for me was the voice guidance of our great actors. These sessions enabled me to connect with some of the most incredibly talented people I have ever worked with on a daily basis. I like to think that in this strange new world of videoconferencing and remote recording, our characters’ voices were speaking to us more clearly than ever.
Now I am writing this to celebrate the release of Back 4 blood, but we should celebrate all who got through the last year with new meaning and hope. These people who worked in incredibly difficult circumstances; Every street has stories of valor and tragedy that we will never know. Thank you to the creators who brought us joy, the caregivers who cared for us and our loved ones, and all of the frontline staff who put themselves in danger day in and day out. Let us carry the message of hope and friendship from our cleaners and we will overcome whatever is presented to us.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can claim the Battle Hardened Bundle through Perks! The bundle contains 4 character and weapon skins, a banner, an emblem, a spray and a title. Visit the Perks Gallery on the Xbox console, the Xbox app on PC, or the Xbox Game Pass mobile app for iOS / Android.
Microsoft Rewards members in the US can enter the Back 4 Blood Xbox Series X Sweepstakes to win a custom Xbox Series X and game-inspired controller, a digital copy of Back 4 Blood, and more! Entry details here.
Back 4 Blood: Standard Edition
Warner Bros. Games
Back 4 Blood is an exciting cooperative first-person shooter from the creators of the critically acclaimed Left 4 Dead franchise. You are at the center of a war against the Ridden. These once human hosts of a deadly parasite have turned into horrific creatures eager to devour the remains of civilization. With the extermination of mankind at stake, it is up to you and your friends to fight the enemy, exterminate the ridden and take back the world. Cooperative Campaign Fight your way through a dynamic, dangerous world in a 4-player co-op story campaign where you have to work together to complete increasingly challenging missions. Play online with up to 3 of your friends or go solo and lead your team into battle. Choose from 8 customizable cleaners, one of the immune survivors, and a range of deadly weapons and items. Develop a strategy against an ever-evolving enemy intent on your total destruction. Competitive multiplayer games with or against friends in PVP. Switch between playing as a cleaner with special perks and the terrible Ridden. Both sides have unique weapons, skills, and specialties. Extreme Replayability A new “Rogue-Lite” card system creates different experiences each time, giving you control over custom decks, different builds and more challenging battles. The Game Director constantly adapts to the actions of the players and ensures exciting fights, extreme gameplay variety and tougher legions of Ridden – including mutated boss types with a size of up to 6 meters.