The Back 4 Blood open beta is out now, so assemble your old Left 4 Dead crew


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Does back 4 blood have split screen?

Even though split-screen won't be available when Back 4 Blood releases, players still have many different features to enjoy. One of the best features is, of course, cross-platform play. SportskeedaWill Back 4 Blood have a split-screen option?

Check out the slideshow below to get a proper introduction to each of the eight playable cleaners in Back 4 Blood.

That's all we have on the playable cast of Back 4 Blood, but it certainly isn't the end of our month long coverage of Back 4 Blood. Stay tuned for more IGN First coverage of Turtle Rock's latest, and if you missed it, make sure to also check out our preview of the open beta which opens its doors once again later today at noon PT and runs until August 16.

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Back 4 Blood sound effect that resembles a racial slur was a randomization accident

PC Gamer 13 August, 2021 - 02:10am

Posted on Thursday, August 12th, 2021 by Jeremy Mathai

The Marvel Cinematic Universe will soon be expanding even more … and for once, we don’t mean in terms of shared universe potential. Ever since the first appearance of Ms. Marvel (aka Kamala Khan) in Marvel comics in 2013, fans have clamored for the Pakistani-American’s official live-action reinterpretation in the MCU. Those fans are getting their wish, with the previous announcement that newcomer Iman Vellani has been cast in the highly sought-after role for the Disney+ series Ms. Marvel. She’s now speaking up about Kamala Khan joining the MCU.

Vellani, who is Pakistani and raised by Muslim parents, may only be 19 with no other professional credits to her name, but she’s already being featured in Variety’s “Power of Young Hollywood” issue that spotlights influential figures who are 25 and younger. Included are her brief quotes on the responsibility she feels in portraying such an important character and her impressively mature approach to handling that pressure.

“The fact that the show is being made and they’re including this character in the MCU is [what’s important]. I don’t really have to go out of my way and talk about being a Muslim and being Pakistani — it all comes out in the show. People seeing a person like me involved in a project as big as this is, I think, inspiring enough.”

This could easily be perceived as some generic PR-speak that the rookie actor has been coached to respond with, but that would belie a certain weight and nuance present within these words. Something tells me that Vellani is going to handle going from virtual anonymity to becoming the next big MCU hero with a fair amount of grace.

As much as diversity and inclusiveness has been prioritized in media throughout recent years, talking to actual people of color and other marginalized communities reveals that many individuals really don’t like to make that aspect a central part of their identity. It’s present and accounted for, no doubt, but the real achievement comes from the work we’re put in a position to accomplish. Getting our foot in the door, so to speak, counts just as much as simply being who we’ve always been.

That’s the main takeaway I get from Iman Vellani’s quotes here, emphasizing that the true importance of her casting is the fact that the show has been greenlit, funded, and (ideally) written with all the care and attention to detail that the character’s comics have been. It’s a subtle distinction, perhaps, but it’s certainly encouraging that Vellani already seems to recognize and understand how inspiring her appearance will be for countless fans who get to see such a young person with her specific background suit up in all her costumed glory.

Excitingly, Vellani will appear in both Ms. Marvel, which is set for a release on Disney+ sometime in 2022, as well as The Marvels with Captain Marvel star Brie Larson on November 11, 2022.

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Back 4 Blood Beta Matchmaking Issues Acknowledge by Devs, Game Goes Gold

MP1st 13 August, 2021 - 02:10am

If you’re in the Back 4 Blood open beta and having issues matching with players, don’t fret, as Turtle Rock is aware of the Back 4 Blood matchmaking issues! The studio has posted an announcement over on Twitter acknowledging the problems.

Attention! We’re aware that some players are experiencing matchmaking issues. Looking into it now and will update you here as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

— Turtle Rock Studios is Hiring (@TurtleRock) August 12, 2021

Attention! We’re aware that some players are experiencing matchmaking issues. Looking into it now and will update you here as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

The studio has also touched on issues with party and how players will sometimes not be able to join as well.

— Turtle Rock Studios is Hiring (@TurtleRock) August 12, 2021

In addition to that, the devs have announce that the game has gone gold — a term used in the games industry when a game is essentially finished, and ready to be reprinted/reproduced and delivered to retailers! In short: the game is not getting delayed now.

We're not seeing red right now, today it's all gold! Amazing work to the team for getting #Back4Blood through the hordes. Full steam to October!

— Back 4 Blood (@back4blood) August 11, 2021

Mind, betas are usually conducted for situations like these. Let’s hope that at launch, this won’t be an issue at all.

If you haven’t tried the beta yet, you can do so now. You can download the beta client on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC! You can also read up on our impressions right here.

Back 4 Blood is set for release this October 12 on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

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It's Time, The Free Back 4 Blood Open Beta Has Begun On Xbox

Pure Xbox 13 August, 2021 - 02:10am

But it's been having some matchmaking issues

If you've been waiting to try out Back 4 Blood on Xbox ahead of its Game Pass release on October 12, now is the time, as the game's free open beta is accessible to everyone on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

In case you didn't know, Back 4 Blood is essentially a Left 4 Dead spiritual successor, created by the developers of the original game, and actually had a closed beta last week which we enjoyed during our hands-on time with it.

In the beta, you'll get a chance to try a couple of PvE campaign maps and a couple of PvP Swarm Mode maps, and it also includes cross-gen and cross-play support, so you can match up with your friends on other platforms.

Unfortunately, due to the beta being hammered with demand right now, the game is having matchmaking issues which are affecting some players. If you can't find a match (or join your friends), this is likely the reason why.

Hopefully any technical issues can be sorted out quickly — we think the beta will be very popular this weekend!!

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Do you have to download the BETA separately or is it the "pre-load" icon that you could install before?

@AFCC It's a separate application. You can just search Back 4 Blood in the store and it should pop up.

Going to give this a try this weekend, hopefully I can find some fun on this, does it also have any kind of pvp?

Yeah there's a PVP mode, it's like Versus Survival in L4D. Separate bespoke maps. It is kinda fun but not as good as old Campaign Versus. Here's hoping they can find a way to implement that. I managed to get on long enough to play some campaign too, overall I really liked what I played so far, and will be trying to get on as mich as I can over the weekend!

I managed to play a couple campaign runs with bots and honestly, it seems really great. Definitely looking forward to the full release. The zombies heads don't explode like bananas when I shoot them though. So that's gonna drop the score by at least 9 points. 1/10. Needs more splodey head fruit physics.

I deleted the Beta because I thought the Campaign part was excluded since I was unable to get into a Campaign, but PvP was certain alive and kicking (and I hated it).

I really just liked the PvE/Campaign PvP from L4D. I am not a fan of the PvP mode of the Beta at all.

I will reinstall knowing that the issues with Campaign matchmaking are just issues. I really want to experience that!

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Back 4 Blood Supply Lines, cards, and decks explained

Rock Paper Shotgun 12 August, 2021 - 12:00pm

The Back 4 Blood open beta has finally arrived and with it the unique new card system. Cards are one of the biggest elements that set Back 4 Blood apart from its spiritual predecessor, Left 4 Dead. However, the beta provides a pretty limited explanation of how cards and Supply Lines work. If you’re looking to learn the system and build the best deck to take on Nightmare mode, look no further than our guide to Back 4 Blood Supply Lines and cards.

You start the Back 4 Blood open beta with a preset deck containing some basic cards. To unlock more cards, you will need to progress your Supply Lines. Supply Lines are sort of like a Battle Pass; you earn progress through a set track of rewards through gameplay. Right now, there are really no secrets to this. You earn Supply Points for finishing campaign levels, so get out there and play the game to progress. Then, interact with one of the two NPCs marked on your HUD in Fort Hope to spend your Supply Points.

At the start, every player will work through a single Supply Line that includes some cosmetics and a few basic cards. After that, you are presented with three different Supply Lines you can progress individually. Starting a new Supply Line doesn’t commit you to it, either. You can unlock the first two cards in Paul’s Alley, go out and earn more Supply Points, then spend those on the first card in The Crow’s Nest, for example.

The Card system starts in the Fort Hope lobby area with deck building. You can access the deck builder through the same two NPCs mentioned above. You start with a preset deck and can build new ones with the cards you unlock via Supply Lines.

Each deck contains a maximum of 15 cards. No duplicates are allowed either, so you can’t stack a card like Cross Trainers to become incredibly fast. Some cards have independently powerful bonuses, like Breakout, which allows you to break free from grabs on a cooldown. Others work synergistically. For example, you can combine Energy Bar, which increases stamina regeneration, with Run and Gun, which lets you shoot while sprinting, to enable a more, well, run and gun playstyle. Play around with different combinations to find a deck that fits you.

One more tip: the top card on your deck will automatically be active for the entire campaign. Make sure to put a powerful card at the top to maximize your efficiency.

Back 4 Blood features two kinds of cards that work in opposition to modify your campaign experience. At the start of each campaign level, the AI Director draws two Corruption Cards. After that, players will draw and select cards from their decks.

Corruption cards are random modifiers that unpredictably alter your campaign. These include challenges that reward players with bonuses on completion. For example, the Speedrun card challenges players to complete a level within a time limit and rewards extra Copper for the next safehouse if they succeed.

In addition to the challenges, Corruption Cards include dangerous modifiers that unpredictably alter the difficulty of the campaign. Modifiers range from simple weather changes, like the Mist card, to specific bonuses for Ridden, like the Armored Bruisers card. You need to pay close attention to the Corruption Cards active on each level so that you aren’t caught off guard.

After Corruption Cards are drawn, each player will draw five cards from their deck. You must choose one out of the five to activate for the rest of the campaign. The rest are shuffled back into your deck.

Because your cards remain active for the duration of the campaign, you have a lot of opportunities to build synergies as you go. Back 4 Blood’s campaign grows ever more difficult as you progress, so boosting your power as you push forward is key. If you can’t beat the much more difficult second half of the campaign on your first go don’t fret. You can spend those Supply Points, unlock new cards, and build a better deck for the next run. It’s a neat little roguelike-inspired system that shakes up the gameplay a lot.

Now you know all there is to know about using Supply Lines and building decks in Back 4 Blood. The Open Beta runs from August 12 to August 16, so you’ve got a full weekend to build your collection and try different decks. If you need the right character to go with your card and take on Nightmare difficulty, check out our guide to the best characters in Back 4 Blood.

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