Left 4 Dead-like Back 4 Blood, made by the team that created Left 4 Dead, is very good – our best co-op game of 2021, no less. And that’s not all: developer Turtle Rock Studios announced today that the first expansion, Tunnels of Terror, will be released on April 12th.
Turtle Rock also reported that Back 4 Blood is a legitimate hit that has attracted over 10 million players since its release in October 2021 and became the best-selling new game of 2021.
“Achieving such a milestone in the short time since the launch of Back 4 Blood is historic for our studio and this franchise,” said Turtle Rock Studios President and General Manager Steve Goldstein. “Looking ahead, we’re excited to keep the momentum going with our upcoming Tunnels of Terror expansion, which will offer fans more co-op content to continue cleaning up the world of Ridden.”
It would be fair to say that just about everything related to Back 4 Blood is “historical” because it’s the only Back 4 Blood game – talk of turning it into a “franchise” didn’t surface until December 2021. when Turtle Rock was acquired by Chinese gaming conglomerate Tencent. However, there’s no denying the significance of the numbers, which could see new spikes in April with the launch of the Tunnels of Terror expansion.
The Tunnels of Terror will arrive at Fort Hope on April 12, 2022. Here’s a little overview of what to expect! pic.twitter.com/AOrigv2UuKMarch 1, 2022
Tunnels of Terror will feature two new characters – Sharis, an ax-wielding firefighter, and Heng, a tough-as-nails, no-nonsense restaurateur – as well as a new co-op called Ridden Hives, set in seven different dungeons under the city. Evansburg is filled with a new type of enemy called the Warped. (“Ridden” is the name of zombies in Back 4 Blood.) The expansion will also feature eight new character skins, seven legendary weapons and 12 new weapon skins, new maps, and more.
The release of Tunnels of Terror will also bring a free update for all players that will add a new difficulty setting called No Hope – no details were provided on the setting, but you can probably get the gist of it based on the name alone.
Turtle Rock noted in the launch date announcement that all players participating in the Back 4 Blood Party will have access to content in Tunnels of Terror as long as at least one person has purchased it. The studio also promised that “there will be no microtransactions of any kind, cosmetic or otherwise, added to the game as part of this expansion or any future content update.”