Back 4 Blood early access codes have been distributed, and the new testing period is about to start.
The good news for anyone who has missed out is that the early access will be quickly followed by a full-blown Back 4 Blood open beta, complete with cross-play and cross-gen support.
Things will be kicking off across several different platforms, including Steam devices, PlayStation consoles and Xbox consoles.
Developers Turtle Rock Studios has confirmed that there are three ways to unlock Back 4 Blood early access; signing up for a chance via the official site, pre-ordering the game, or via Twitch Drops.
Here’s how you can earn a Back 4 Blood Early Access Open Beta code through Twitch Drops:
“Create or sign in with a free WB Games Account. Connect your Twitch account to your WB Games Account. To do this, go to your WB Games Account settings.
“Once your accounts are linked, watch a Twitch streamer playing Back 4 Blood content with Twitch Drops enabled for at least 60 minutes to earn an Early Access Open Beta code.
“To check your progress, visit the Back 4 Blood Twitch Drops homepage. Once you’ve completed the task, go to the Back 4 Blood Twitch Drops homepage to claim your drop. If your active in the channel at the moment the minutes watched requirement is completed, you’ll receive a message on top of the chat with the claim button.
“You can claim your Early Access Open Beta code for the platform of your choice in your WB Games Account.”
WHAT IS THE BACK 4 BLOOD EARLY ACCESS START TIME?
The Back 4 Blood Early Access start time has been scheduled for 8pm BST on Thursday, August 5, 2021.
For gamers in North America, this means that the early access beta kicks off at 12pm PDT, and will run until the same time on August 9.
A message from the Back 4 Blood team adds: “Pre-ordering is the only way to guarantee entry into the Early Access portion of the Open Beta.
“If you pre-order Back 4 Blood at a participating retailer, you will receive a code from that retailer, either on your receipt or via an email, to redeem.
“Players must have or create a WB Games Account in order to redeem their Open Beta code.
If you don’t pre-order, you can register for a chance to get into the Early Access portion. However, please note, registering does not guarantee Early Access entry as codes are limited.”
WHEN DOES THE BACK 4 BLOOD OPEN BETA START?
The Back 4 Blood Open Beta will be available for everyone to download on August 12, 2021.
There will be no need to secure a beta code and things are expected to kick off at 8pm BST.
It’s unclear if there will be new content added during this period, or if anything fresh will be added before it ends on August 16.