Back 4 Blood has been left for dead at Turtle Rock

Back 4 Blood
(Image credit: Turtle Rock)

Back 4 Blood studio Turtle Rock is already moving onto its next game.

In a release published to its official website, Turtle Rock reveals that it's working on a brand new game and explains that it simply doesn't have the manpower to work on Back 4 Blood simultaneously.

"Turtle Rock Studios is actually pretty small for a studio making AAA games. We don’t have quite enough folks to continue working on Back 4 Blood content while we spin up another game – yes, another game! Given this, it’s time for us to put our heads down, get back in the lab, and get to work on the next big thing."

What this means is that Back 4 Blood won't be getting any more new content, but its servers will remain online for the foreseeable future, so you can still play what's there until Turtle Rock announces otherwise.

Back 4 Blood launched in October 2021 and would go on to receive three expansion packs: Tunnels of Terror, Children of the Worm, and River of Blood. And while there's plenty of stuff to dig into nowadays, as a fan it's disappointing to see Back 4 Blood getting sunsetted only a little more than a year on from launch. Despite its lukewarm reception, especially around launch, I thought Turtle Rock did an admirable job taking the mantle from Valve proper and making a worthy spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead.

Turtle Rock says to expect news on its next game after a short quiet period, at which point it'll return "bigger, bolder and better than ever."

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Jordan Gerblick

After scoring a degree in English from ASU, I worked as a copy editor while freelancing for places like SFX Magazine, Screen Rant, Game Revolution, and MMORPG on the side. Now, as GamesRadar's west coast Staff Writer, I'm responsible for managing the site's western regional executive branch, AKA my apartment, and writing about whatever horror game I'm too afraid to finish.