The Back 4 Blood Beta is the first chance to get access to the much-awaited upcoming zombie action game, made by the original developers of Left 4 Dead. The full release of the game is scheduled for October 2021, but getting hold of a Back 4 Blood beta key will enable you to play the game from the 5th August 2021. Below are all the different ways you can get access to the Beta.
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What And When Are The Back 4 Blood Beta Weekends?
There are two different beta weekends for Back 4 Blood (though technically these last longer than weekends):
The first is the Back 4 Blood Early Access Beta. This starts at 12:00 PST (15:00 EST, 20:00 BST, 21:00 CEST) on August 5th, and ends at 12:00 PST on August 9th. This is accessible for people with Early Access Beta keys.
The second is the Back 4 Blood Open Beta. This starts at 12:00 PST (15:00 EST, 20:00 BST, 21:00 CEST) on August 12th, and ends at 12:00 PST on August 16th.
Both beta weekends will give players a first look at different gameplay features launching in the full game. You will be able to play as the human classes, known as ‘Cleaners’, and also the zombie classes, known as ‘The Ridden’.
Will the Beta of Back 4 Blood Have Cross Play Support?
Cross-play will be available in Back 4 Blood, and its Beta, between PC, Xbox, and PlayStation gamers (including cross-generational support between older and newer PlayStation and Xbox consoles). Thankfully, you won’t require a PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live account in order to enjoy this.
Is the Back 4 Blood beta on console?
Yes, the Back 4 Blood beta is running on PC, Xbox S, Xbox X, and PlayStation consoles.
How To Get Into The Back 4 Blood Beta
To be able to join the Back 4 Blood Early Access Beta the guaranteed method is to preorder the game through your chosen platform: Steam or the Epic Game Store for PC, the Microsoft Store for Xbox, the Playstation Store for, you guessed it, PlayStation. Other retailers may also let you pre-order the game.
The second option, which is based on how lucky you feel, is to register on the Back 4 Blood’s website and sign up for a chance of winning one for free! You will get the option to pick your chosen platform during your sign-up.
A third, sneaky option, is available for Xbox players – who can preorder the game via the Xbox Game Pass, play the Beta, and then refund the game within the next week (of them first preordering the game) – so they won’t have to pay a thing.
Free Back 4 Blood Steam Beta Keys
A couple of companies are offering the chance for PC gamers to get hold of Back 4 Blood keys for Steam for free:
Alienware is doing a promotion where they have a limited supply of Beta keys which you just have to go to their website and click to collect – but move fast!
Free Back 4 Blood Steam Beta Keys Through Twitch Drops
Twitch Drops are another method of getting hold of these elusive Beta keys:
Firstly, you need to have a Twitch account. These are relatively straightforward to create.
Secondly, you must set up an account with Warner Brothers Games. You must then link this to your Twitch account, which you can do within your Warner Brothers Games Account Settings.
Finally, you need to watch the stream of any Twitch streamer that has the ‘!drops enabled’ status tag on their home page, who is streaming Back 4 Blood. You must watch 60 minutes of ‘eligible’ Back 4 Blood streams, and then should receive a notification allowing you to claim your Back 4 Blood Twitch drop. Click the notification and follow the instructions and the key is yours!
Can I Run Back For Blood On My PC?
Of course all the above is relatively useless if you’re a PC gamer and your computer won’t actually be able to play the game (or at least at a decent enough FPS to make it worthwhile).
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