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Back 4 Blood Open Beta: Dates, times, content, how to get Early Access and more

Everything you need to know about the Back 4 Blood Open Beta, from the exact dates and times to a way to get Early Access, the content and more.
Fans of the Left 4 Dead franchise are likely foaming at the mouths for Back 4 Blood, from the acclaimed Turtle Rock Studios. Starting in August 2021, players will be able to jump into the boots of Cleaners to rid the world of zombies (sorry, Ridden) via the Back 4 Blood Open Beta ahead of the game's highly anticipated release on 12th October 2021. If you can't wait for the full release, then we've got you covered. Here's everything you need to know about the Back 4 Blood Open Beta, from the exact dates and times, to how you can gain early access, and the content which will be on display.

Back 4 Blood Open Beta: Release dates & times

Players won't have to wait long for the first-person co-op zombie-slaying action to commence. There are, however, actually two dates for the Open Beta of Back 4 Blood. The first is Early Access (more on this later) and the other is where anyone can simply jump in.

  • Back 4 Blood Early Access Open Beta dates: 5th to 9th August 2021
  • Back 4 Blood Open Beta dates: 12th to 16th August 2021

If you not only want to mark your calendar but also set your alarm, then the Open Beta begins and ends at 20:00 BST via the dates above. Check out the times for the Back 4 Blood Open Beta in your region.

Back 4 Blood open beta dates times content how to get early access
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If you simply can't wait for 12th August to get into Back 4 Blood, then we've got you covered in the next section.

How to get Early Access to Back 4 Blood's Open Beta

If you pre-order the digital version of Back 4 Blood on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S, you will gain access to the Early Access Open Beta.

No matter which version you purchase, you will also receive the Fort Hope elite weapon skins bundle. This bundle includes skins for the M4 Carbine, UZI SMG, S70 Shotgun and RPK LMG.

Back 4 Blood open beta dates times content how to get early access
(Picture: Turtle Rock Studios)

If you don't want to fork out any cash and still want Early Access to Back 4 Blood's Open Beta, well, then you can head on over to this link and register for a chance at Early Access.

Further, you can link Twitch to your Warner Bros. Games account and watch selected streamers play the game for one hour to gain Early Access. 

Back 4 Blood open beta dates times content how to get early access
(Picture: Turtle Rock Studios)

Full instructions can be found by heading to the Twitch drops link. Lastly, it is important to note that Back 4 Blood is coming to Xbox Game Pass on Day 1.

This means if you are a subscriber, you should probably try to gain Early Access to the Open Back via Twitch drops instead of purchasing a game you will be able to play on launch anyway.

Back 4 Blood Open Beta content

As you have probably guessed, you won't have the full Back 4 Blood experience in the Open Beta. Instead, there will be limited content for players to test out. 

Back 4 Blood open beta dates times content how to get early access
(Picture: Turtle Rock Studios)

The content players can experience in Back 4 Blood's Open Beta is:

  • Two maps for the “Swarm” PvP mode 
  • Two co-op maps to fight off Ridden with your friends  
  • Play as Mom for the first time, as well as other Cleaners: Evangelo, Holly, Walker and Hoffman 
  • Play as six different Ridden variants in “Swarm,” including the Bruiser, Retch, Hocker, Exploder, Crusher and Stinger 
  • Various weapons to check out, cards to build decks and Ridden to slay 
  • Explore the Fort Hope communal hub 
    Cross-play and cross-gen support 

Check out the Back 4 Blood Open Beta trailer below to get excited about some zombie-slaying action. Sorry, Ridden-slaying...

So there you have it, all the important Back 4 Blood Open Beta details, from the dates and times to the content and more. Soon, we will all be able to slay the Ridden and enjoy Turtle Rock's co-op zombie experience.

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