Back 4 Blood looks a lot like Left 4 Dead, but among the twists it introduces is characters with their own particular capabilities. A brand-new trailer presents the cast below, in addition to the menagerie of beast types you and your co-op buddies will be blasting.
There’s lots I like about what I’ve seen from Back 4 Blood. For one, Left 4 Dead and its sequel did get samey quite rapidly throughout numerous playthroughs. The Witch and the Tank, for instance, are panic-inducing the first time you meet them, but pretty quickly you’re rushing into battles with them with confidence.
Unique character abilities, and the card system that remixes levels and beasts, appear like they’ll keep things fresh for a lot longer.
It’s just a shame those characters aren’t being composed by Valve anymore. Back 4 Blood is being made by Turtle Rock Studios, the initial development studio that developed Left 4 Dead. Valve bought them mid-development, they interacted on both Left 4 Dead games, and then a few of the group left Valve to re-form the studio. But what Valve appeared to present to L4D was their experience from crafting character and story from the Half-Life series.
Exists a single line of dialogue in the above B4B trailer that’s as fascinating or characterful as the lines in Left 4 Dead 2? The B4B trailer starts with a record scratch, which’s bad even if it’s ironic, and there’s a great deal of clichés in the writing that follows. Compare it to the character and worldbuilding of Left 4 Dead 2’s intro video. It’s not an exact like-for-like comparison, however even accounting for various purposes between a trailer and an introduction cinematic, they’re a world apart.
And yet, I’m still eagerly anticipating a brand-new opportunity for some co-op zombie slaying. Back 4 Blood is going for release on October 12th.
Back 4 Blood is being made by Turtle Rock Studios, the initial advancement studio that produced Left 4 Dead. Valve purchased them mid-development, they worked together on both Left 4 Dead games, and then some of the group left Valve to re-form the studio. Is there a single line of discussion in the above B4B trailer that’s as fascinating or characterful as the lines in Left 4 Dead 2?