Back 4 Blood is the unofficial next installment in the Left 4 Dead series, and in my opinion, it was worth the wait. The next-gen graphics combined with the art style used by Turtle Rock Studios delivers an atmospheric masterpiece worthy of being the successor to the Left 4 Dead franchise.
I played the game on Linux (Pop!_OS) and almost didn’t bother when I saw the game was installing Easy Anti Cheat after clicking the launch game for the first time. To my surprise, the game started loading after EAC finished installing. Then my thoughts turned too, the game may load, but I won’t be able to play online, again surprised. I played Back 4 Blood for several hours without issue.
I also played the game using Glorious Eggrolls custom proton, with his workarounds, that enable resizable bar and AMD’s FSR. If you have hardware compatible with resizable bar and FSR, you can try the workarounds yourself by adding the commands below to the Steam launch options of the game you would like to try them in. First, however, you will need to install the latest version of the Glorious Eggroll custom proton.
GE custom Proton: https://github.com/GloriousEggroll/proton-ge-custom/releases/tag/6.14-GE-2
Add to launch options: VKD3D_CONFIG=upload_hvv WINE_FULLSCREEN_FSR=1 %command%
Linux Version: Pop!_OS 21.04
Left 4 Dead 2 has native Linux support, and hopefully Back 4 Blood does as well once it leaves beta. Even if it’s only unofficially supported but works well with Proton, I think this game is a day one buy for me. I had a lot of fun trying out the beta, and it’s been a while since I could say that and really mean it.
RELEASE DATE: 12 Oct, 2021
DEVELOPER: Turtle Rock Studios
PUBLISHER: Warner Bros. Games
Back 4 Blood is a thrilling cooperative first-person shooter from the creators of the critically acclaimed Left 4 Dead franchise. 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.–Turtle Rock Studios