Turtle Rock Studios have confirmed that Back 4 Blood, their zombie-slaughtering shooter, will require an internet connection to play.
That might not seem like much of a revelation given that multiplayer is the focus of the title but that the online rule also applies to playing Back 4 Blood in singleplayer. Like Left 4 Dead 1 and 2, the games it’s a spiritual sequel to, Back 4 Blood’s solo mode will let you play alongside bots instead of human players. We spent a fair amount of time doing just that in Left 4 Dead and had a rotting, undead whale of a time doing it.
However, Back 4 Blood will require that you connect to its online component even if you are playing online. It’s not that there won’t be a solo mode, Turtle Rock has already confirmed there will be, but to use that mode you’ll have to be online. It’s not clear if you’ll be kicked off if your online connection drops, but unless there’s something we’re missing here, we can’t see a reason why you’d have to be online when playing with computer-controlled teammates or bots.
We will be diving into Back 4 Blood since it’s free on Xbox Game Pass the day of launch. But this news has given us second thoughts about purchasing it on other platforms. Turtle Rock had said they are “looking into ways we could support offline for the future” but for now you’re stuck with connecting to Back 4 Blood’s servers any time you want to play solo.