Turtle Rock's co-op zombie shooter Back 4 Blood turned out to be really good—"A triumphant return to the genre it created," we said in our 88% review—and so it's probably not a great surprise to learn that the studio has big plans for it well beyond its initial release.
A post-launch roadmap revealed today laid out a timeline for both short-term improvements, including bug fixes and quality of life tweaks, and longer-term commitments for December:
- New features—new supply lines, Ridden practice area, holiday seasonal event
- Solo offline mode with campaign progression
- New card type
- All-new cards
And into 2022:
- New difficulty
- New player cards
- New corruption cards
- New co-op mode
- Melee updates
- Quality of life improvements
Cleaners, the future is lookin' bright! Here's a roadmap of what's to come for Fort Hope. #Back4Blood pic.twitter.com/IHCvGqZXO0November 8, 2021
All of the above will be available to everyone through free game updates.
The roadmap also gives us a look at the first of three story expansions included in the Back 4 Blood annual pass, which sells for $40/£35/€40. Entitled Tunnels of Terror, it will bring us new Cleaners and Ridden (that's B4B-speak for "characters and zombies"), a new activity type, new cards, exclusive cards, and of course more weapons. It, and the other two as-yet-unnamed expansions are all slated to be out sometime in 2022. It's not the most detailed layout of future plans I've ever seen, but it's definitely ambitious.
If you're just getting started on Back 4 Blood (or plan to jump it at some point in the future), we can help set you off on the right foot with guides to the best settings, the best builds, how the card system works, and how to play the PvP Versus mode.