A fast perusal of Steam-tracking websites signifies that gamers returned to Left 4 Useless 2 in droves following the October 12 launch of religious successor Again 4 Blood, a lot in order that the older recreation is now extra widespread than the newer one.
Helmed by authentic Left 4 Useless builders Turtle Rock Studios, the equally named Again 4 Blood is taken into account by many to be a straight-up continuation to the corporate’s earlier co-op shooter. Again 4 Blood follows the successful Left 4 Useless components, tasking a crew of 4 gamers with touring from Level A to Level B in lengthy, concerned ranges stuffed to the brim with procedurally generated zombie hordes each mundane and particular. The brand new recreation is okay, if perhaps too difficult and stat-heavy by half.
Left 4 Useless 2, however, is so good that it continues to take pleasure in a sturdy neighborhood practically 12 years after its authentic launch. In line with SteamDB, the playerbase dropped off a bit of bit after Again 4 Blood hit the scene however has since come roaring again, surpassing the newer recreation earlier this week. I’m no statistician, however taking a look at this chart, it’s virtually as if Again 4 Blood’s launch straight led to a resurgence for Left 4 Useless 2, with the previous’s numbers dropping dramatically because the latter’s picked up pace.
As of this writing, 23,816 people are enjoying Left 4 Useless 2 versus the 17,474 logged into Again 4 Blood.
Whereas a particular Halloween sale dropping Left 4 Useless 2’s worth down to simply $1.99 for the weekend might have one thing to do with its current rise in gamers, the final 12 months as a complete has been fairly good for the sport. GitHyp reviews that Left 4 Useless 2’s playerbase has been extra energetic all through 2021 than any time within the final six years, although it ought to be famous that this weekend’s 80% off sale wasn’t the primary it’s loved this 12 months.
In fact, this under no circumstances accounts for consoles, the place solely Again 4 Blood is free for tens of thousands and thousands of Xbox Sport Go subscribers.
Again 4 Blood was all the time going to reside within the shadow of Left 4 Useless 2, a legacy that Turtle Rock was apparently snug leaning into when it got here to naming its new undertaking. That mentioned, there’s no ignoring that one thing is simply basically off with Again 4 Blood. What might have been a beautiful continuation of Left 4 Useless’s legacy is as an alternative saddled with a bunch of superfluous junk—like evaluating stats between weapons and deck-building—that too usually brings the motion to a grinding halt.
Throughout my temporary time with Again 4 Blood, I usually discovered myself questioning why I wasn’t simply enjoying Left 4 Useless 2 as an alternative. I suppose I wasn’t alone.