Turtle Rock Studios reveals concept art for upcoming Left 4 Dead spiritual successor

Luke Hardwick

1 year, 10 months ago

Back 4 Blood Concept Art

In commemoration of July 4th, Turtle Rock Studios - the developer perhaps best known for inventing the Left 4 Dead franchise for Valve - has released exactly one concept art for its upcoming spiritual follow-up, Back 4 Blood.

This marks the first time the studio has shown off anything related to the project, so naturally I've spent far too much time combing over the image in search of any clues that might reveal details about the game. Although this is concept art and not necessarily indicative of what players will see in the final product, it does give us an idea of the direction Turtle Rock might be going in.

It's difficult to identity whether the structure, which looks to be a survivor compound of some sort, has been make-shifted from a prison or an old military fort. In any case, the picture is certainly reminiscent of The Walking Dead series - particularly the prison setting from the Woodbury/Governor story arch. That is to say, I'm into it.

I don't want to speculate too much - lest I inadvertently disappoint myself - but I am left with so many questions after over-analyzing the hell out of this thing. Could Back 4 Blood, which was previously believed to more akin to its spiritual predecessor in terms of gameplay, feature base-building mechanics? Does the seemingly expansive landscape suggest that it's less linear and more open-world?

Since it was announced back in March of 2019, developer Turtle Rock has been exceedingly tight-lipped about what fans can expect from Back 4 Blood. At this point, all we know for certain is that it will be a zombie-killing AAA title featuring both PVP and a co-op campaign.

Back 4 Blood

Release Date
Oct. 11, 2021
Turtle Rock Studios
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment