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What is Back 4 Blood? New Co-Op Zombie game from Left 4 Dead devs

Published: 19/Mar/2019 16:39 Updated: 19/Mar/2019 23:27

by David Purcell

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The last time Left 4 Dead fans were given a taste of some new tales from the game’s epic zombie storyline was 2009, but the developing studio of the original game has finally revealed what sounds like a brand new sequel project for the franchise – Back 4 Blood. 

Back 4 Blood, which is currently being developed by Turtle Rock Studios and is set to be published by Warner Bros. Interactive, might not have a release date right now, but that hasn’t stopped people from asking about its contents.

So, let’s take a look at everything we know about the new zombie game so far…

ValveDeveloping studio has confirmed that their new project is not Left 4 Dead 3.

What is Back 4 Blood? 

The game is definitely not Left 4 Dead 3, that we can tell you. In fact, comments posted on an official Turtle Rock Studios FAQ make that very clear. 

“Back 4 Blood is our own brand new, original IP,” Community Manager Alissa ‘MissMurder’ Barry-Toth posted. “You’ll be able to shoot up a lot of zombies like in Left 4 Dead, but there’s a whole lot of new stuff in Back 4 Blood which makes it unique.”

What to expect from Back 4 Blood’s Gameplay

It will potentially play in a very similar way to that of the Left 4 Dead games, based on its description – a co-op zombie first-person shooter – and comments from the developer seem to back that up. 

“You’ll be able to shoot up a lot of zombies like in Left 4 Dead,” MissMurder has revealed. “But there’s a whole lot of new stuff in Back 4 Blood which makes it unique.” 

Release date, platforms and other information

The game is still early in its development and therefore has no release date as of this time. However, the developer has revealed that it’s working on making the game available primarily for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC platforms. 

When asked about the reasons behind revealing the project at such an early stage, the game’s Community Manager said: “Back 4 Blood is a hugely ambitious project and we need the best of the best to come join us. As an independent studio, we have to announce early to let our industry know we’re up to something big.”

ValveTurtle Rock Studios didn’t work on Left 4 Dead 2, but they’re ‘going back to their roots’ with this next project.

Takeaways

From what we can see so far, this game is so early in the development stage that it’s unlikely to appear in the next year or two, meaning that fans will almost certainly have waited over a decade for the next Left 4 Dead-inspired title. 

Turtle Rock Studios insist that this project will take them back to their roots and allow them to innovate on them, but with some big shoes to fill, it remains to be seen if they can go one better. 

It’s good for fans to know that something is indeed coming, though. So, we’ll keep you updated with any new information that’s revealed by the developer in the future. 

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Twitch bot finds PS5s and Xbox Series Xs in-stock so you don’t have to

Published: 26/Nov/2020 18:10

by Michael Gwilliam

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A popular new Twitch bot is doing all the legwork to help gamers find out what stores have PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles in stock.

Gamers have been hard-pressed to find a next-gen console for themselves or loved ones as the Christmas season approaches. It seems like almost everywhere is sold out, leaving only scalpers who have been selling units for insane markups.

Now, a new Twitch bot has entered the fray and is helping anyone who can’t keep up with the constant refreshing know when they can get their hands on Sony or Microsoft’s new console.

Viewers can simply go to the Twitch channel and watch live as the bot searches through various sites to find inventory. The bot will actively check through Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, and more and state whether they’re out of stock or have consoles in.

As a nice little bonus, the channel even says when the last “drop” was. At the time of publishing, the last store to get both consoles in stock was Walmart at 9:30 PM EST on November 25.

Users can also use the !local command to check any store stock near them.

According to Polygon, the channel is run by Cam Ritz and uses a program called streetmerchant that does the monitoring.

The program’s features page state that it “scrapes multiple websites for patterns of being stocked via API and Chromium.”

Ritz claims that so far, the bot has helped viewers actually find consoles – with a few nabbing Series Xs from GameStop and Sam’s Club.

Unfortunately, for most viewers, watching the stream will result in a near-endless red wave of OUT OF STOCK notifications, further cementing just how difficult it is to find a console this year.

As the days continue and the Christmas season approaches, keeping this channel open may be a great tool if you’re actively still looking for a PS5 or Xbox Series X. Or for those who have managed to already snag a console, it can serve as a reminder of just how difficult it can be.