Back 4 Blood is always online even in Solo, but DLC is shared between friends

Written by Neil Soutter on Thu, Jun 17, 2021 12:53 PM
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Developers Turtle Rock Studios are gracing us with the spiritual successor to the Left 4 Dead franchise this year, but with a few significant changes. Since its announcement many players have had questions regarding its upcoming launch, and the devs have given us some interesting answers.

First of all, even though you can play Back 4 Blood solo with AI bot companions, you will need an internet connection to play at launch. The key part of that is ‘at launch’ though, as Turtle Rock Studios are looking into supporting offline play sometime in the future:

We're looking into ways we could support offline for the future but you will need an internet connection to play at launch,” they said in response to a fan question. That may be a little disappointing for fans of offline play, but thankfully it may not be that long until we get an offline option.

On the upside, there’s some really good news for those who want to play with friends and possibly purchase any post-launch content for the game. As it turns out, only party leaders need to own any DLC for the rest of the party to be able to play it:

In PvE, if your party leader owns a paid content drop, you will be able to play that content with them - including maps, gameplay and campaign,” they said in a recent blog post. “No separation. No exclusion.  No split.

On the PvP side of things, that means all players will “have access to the same cards at the start of each match, regardless of whether those players purchased content drops or not.” Additionally, players who don’t purchase any DLC can still earn new characters and Ridden in PvP, “for free, through progression.

Although it’s a little bit early for the developers to already start talking about DLC for B4B, Turtle Rock wanted to let players know now ahead of time so that they “feel good” about the upcoming launch and its future. For now though, players can look forward to an Open Beta beginning on August 5th.

What do you think? Are you excited for Back 4 Blood? Will you be participating in the Open Beta? And would you prefer to play solo or co-op in B4B? Let us know!

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20:07 Jun-19-2021

L4D was also the most pirated game franchise as it comes pre-installed on netcafe rental PC's, a 12Gb game compressed in 1GB.

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08:48 Jun-20-2021



Didn't know that

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18:23 Jun-18-2021

Just like outriders which though fun was a TERRIBLE decision that ruined many players gaming experience for consistent online for single player. So many people lost hundreds of hours of gameplay and progress due to the devs inability to host the game properly even in single players with consistent online. This is another poor attempt to create a type of DRM which will take longer to crack the game or just give the devs direct access to what players are doing. Getting sick it.

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01:18 Jun-18-2021

The stupidity level of this decision is OVER 9000!!!

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22:38 Jun-18-2021

Till people stop buying into that system, nothing will change.

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16:20 Jun-17-2021

Did they learn any thing?? from Evolve debacle.


Always online in a Solo game, that's just unacceptable.

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21:19 Jun-17-2021

People rarely learn, much less change.

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16:17 Jun-17-2021

Yee, fu*k that. Always online is a bloody disgrace for any game that has the ability to play solo.

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21:19 Jun-17-2021

Agree 1000000000000000000%

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13:11 Jun-17-2021

In PvE, if your party leader owns a paid content drop, you will be able to play that content with them


This is the best feature also seen in Payday 2. If the host owns the maps from the DLCs, then you can play on them as well.

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