What just happened? It looks like Back 4 Blood will prove as popular as the legendary Left 4 Dead 2 when it arrives this October. The early access beta of the game drew nearly 100,000 active players Saturday night, and that only counts Steam, it’s also available on the PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
Turtle Rock Studios’ upcoming four-player co-op zombie FPS began its closed access beta on August 5th. The only people who have been able to participate have been those who pre-ordered the game and everyone who managed to get an advance code.
According to the tracking site SteamDB, Back 4 Blood reached a concurrent player count of over 98,000 on Saturday. PCGamesN notes that that figure made it the eighth most popular game on Steam, putting it ahead of Warframe, TF2, Ark: Survival Evolved and Rainbow Six: Siege.
The achievement came despite some server issues leaving people unable to join and what sounded like a zombie yelling a racial slur. WB Games later confirmed that the latter was due to the simultaneous playback of two audio clips, and is working to fix the issue.
Back 4 Blood’s closed-access beta ends today at noon PST, but the four-day open beta begins on Thursday, August 12. Expect to see even higher levels of participation during this period as it is available to all players. Includes two complete PvE missions, five of the eight survivors, all weapons, and PvP.
Back 4 Blood arrives on October 12 for PC. It will also come to the latest generation and current generation consoles.