Valve may have given up on developing a sequel to Left 4 Dead 2, but that isn’t going to stop the franchise’s original creators from giving us a modern installment of the critically acclaimed co-op zombie-blasting franchise. During today’s Game Awards show, Warner Bros. Games and Turtle Rock Studios officially unveiled Back 4 Blood, a spiritual successor that aims to recreate the magic of the originals through its cooperative story campaign and competitive multiplayer modes.
“Back 4 Blood is a thrilling cooperative first-person shooter from the creators of the critically acclaimed Left 4 Dead franchise,” a blurb on the official site reads. “You are at the center of a war against the Ridden. These once-human hosts of a deadly parasite have turned into terrifying creatures bent on devouring what remains of civilization. With humanity’s extinction on the line, it’s up to you and your friends to take the fight to the enemy, eradicate the Ridden, and reclaim the world.”
Left for Dead fans can sign up for the game’s closed alpha, which begins on December 17 and is available exclusively for the PC platform. “Registration does not guarantee a spot in the playtest as codes are available in a limited capacity in participating regions (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany),” the developer noted.