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Back 4 Blood gets Ridden of a June release.

Back 4 Blood, the Left 4 Dead spiritual successor, has been landed with a hefty delay. The co-op zombie shooter from Turtle Rock Studios will now launch on October 12, 2021.

Turtle Rock Studios, the studio behind the original Left 4 Dead and Evolve, announced the delay through the game’s Twitter account, spotlighting the pandemic as the root cause:

“This is a decision that we were hoping we wouldn’t have to make, but the COVID-19 pandemic had a huge impact. It definitely slowed things down for us.”

The first-person shooter hosts a wide variety of zombie types – labelled here as Ridden. You and up to three other survivors can take on the endless hordes in what promises to be fast-paced, gory fun.

Initially revealed at Gamescom in 2020, Back 4 Blood was originally aiming for a summer release. However, fans should still be able to spill some zombie blood. Turtle Rock has announced that an open beta will land in the summer instead. PC players were lucky enough to try out the game last December during an alpha which was well-reviewed.

Back 4 Blood is the latest in a steadily increasing list of games suffering delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, after waiting for years for a Left 4 Dead sequel, it’s shaping up to be exactly that and will hopefully be worth the wait.

Back 4 Blood will be released on PlayStation and Xbox consoles, as well as PC, on October 12.

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