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Back 4 Blood is an upcoming multiplayer first-person shooter currently in its Beta. Made by Turtle Rock Studios and published by Warner Bros, Back 4 Blood is a spiritual successor to the famous Left 4 Dead franchise, considering its made by the same people! With the four-player co-op against hoards of undead and Special zombies, except with an added feature in cards!
Cards and Deck-Building
The main distinguishing feature of Back 4 Blood lies within its card and deck building system. This system allows you to build a card deck in the lobby. Something that provides your character with buffs and improvements as you play through the course of a campaign or a PvP session. Each of these cards grants you buffs and perks that gives the game all the more replayability. Players can collect these cards through the course of the game.
Each of the cards will vary in rarity and strength. With some cards being extremely powerful whilst having a weakness attached to them. Adding an element of caution to each game, while some players might be decked out as a tank or full offence, someone else might have the best cards but also be the frailest in a situation.
Players can unlock new cards as they collect Supply Points based on performance during a campaign level. Once you have enough points, players can then spend your Supply Points on unlocking new cosmetics and cards.
If you want to see what cards are the ones to be on the lookout for, check out our Back 4 Blood Card and Deck-building guide!
What is Back 4 Blood Classic Mode?
There are many playstyles to choose from, including Versus, Survival and Cooperative. But one of them is also Classic. But here’s a little detail to clarify what Back 4 Blood Classic mode entails.
Classic mode is designed for players who aren’t too invested in the card-system. It seems mainly aimed towards players who want a more Left 4 Dead style of playthrough. With Turtle Rock Studio’s own founder, Chris Ashton telling:
“One of the things we wanted to do with the game was making it very approachable and easy to play: If you just want to have fun with your friends, that’s super easy to do in Classic Mode,” Ashton said. “But if you really like to dig into the game, and you want to experience tougher enemies, then you can get into the card system. We want to reward people for putting in hundreds and hundreds of hours. The game is changing over time as you play it. You unlock new cards, the director may play different cards, you go into higher difficulties, you face different enemies or enemies that have higher status than you faced before. Hopefully, the game is very accessible, but it has a lot of depth to it.”
Ashton essentially says that Classic Mode won’t be devoid of cards but they’ll be limited and very basic. But he also hopes to encourage players to give the cards a try, as they’ll change the overall gameplay and style of Back 4 Blood.
But if you’re’ the kind of gamer who doesn’t like the look of the card system and wants a more Left 4 Dead playthrough, then Classic Mode will be your go-to!
Back 4 Blood Overview
Back 4 Blood will release on October 12, 2021