Turtle Rock Studios has revealed that Back 4 Blood, the spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead, has been effectively shelved at the studio. This news comes just one month after the delivery of River of Blood, which was the final expansion for the high-octane, zombie-slaying, cooperative title.
Back 4 Blood launched in October 2021, dropping to a relatively positive reception and being appreciated and lapped by fans mourning the absence of the Left 4 Dead franchise. Now, Turtle Rock prepares to move on from Back 4 Blood, targeting pastures new and leaving the game behind.
Back 4 Blood Is Done 4 Good
It’s not all doom and gloom for Back 4 Blood fans, though. In the statement published on February 2nd, Turtle Rock explained that servers will remain online and Back 4 Blood will continue to be offered on the PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium tiers and on Xbox Game Pass.
Turtle Rock Studios is actually pretty small for a studio making AAA games. We don’t have quite enough folks to continue working on Back 4 Blood content while we spin up another game – yes, another game! Given this, it’s time for us to put our heads down, get back in the lab, and get to work on the next big thing.
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There were mentions of a short-term ramping down for the studio, which was acquired by Tencent just two months after Back 4 Blood launched in 2021. There are no signs as to what comes next for Turtle Rock Studios, but given time, they’ll reveal what the ‘next big thing’ actually is.