Left 4 Dead is one of the most beloved co-op games ever released. Valve's four-player squad-based first-person shooter was a huge hit among fans when it was first released back in 2008.
A sequel was released just a year later in 2009 and both have remained many gamer's go-to titles whenever they want to go and destress by killing some zombies. However, while both Left 4 Dead games remain just as playable today, one can't deny that they're starting to show their age a bit.
Thankfully, the original developers of Left 4 Dead, Turtle Rock Studios, decided to give fans an updated version.
While Back 4 Blood isn't a true sequel to Left 4 Dead, it is a spiritual successor made by the same people, and at Warner Bros.' E3 2021 conference, fans were treated to a closer look at the PVP-focused mode, Swarm Mode, where the cleaners (humans) and the ridden (infected) face off.
Humans and the Ridden Go Head-to-Head in Back 4 Blood's Swarm Mode
In Swarm Mode, players can choose to play as either the ridden or the cleaners. To survive, the cleaners will have to stick together. Communication is key as each downed player adds to the total tally of the ridden on the map. The more cleaners that die, the more ridden there will be to encounter until the cleaners find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer number of the infected.
The basic premise is that each group will have a limited time per round to kill the opposing side as fast as possible. Every round, the sides will switch and the clock starts again.
What makes the Swarm Mode particularly unique is that the ridden classes are just as varied as that of the humans. Among the numerous playable ridden classes include the likes of the reeker, retch, exploder, stinger, stalker, crusher, bruiser, tallboy, and the hocker. This makes playing as the ridden so much cooler than playing as the monsters in Turtle Rock's previous outings.
If you're curious to see what it's like, we recommend that you check out the trailer below. Be warned, it can get pretty gory.
Back 4 Blood is part of a long list of video games intended to release much earlier this 2021 but were postponed to a later today. Luckily, Back 4 Blood's delay wasn't for too long. Instead, Back 4 Blood will launch on October 12 for the Xbox Series S/X, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5, as well the PC.
Microsoft also seems to have worked its magic once again. Back 4 Blood will be part of Xbox Game Pass on launch day with an open beta period for interested players starting on August 5.