The developer of Back 4 Blood, Turtle Rock Studios, has confirmed the game will not have a campaign versus mode.
In an FAQ thread in the studio's official Discord server, it stated: "We do not have plans to have a campaign versus mode at this time".
Back 4 Blood does have a versus mode, allowing two teams to take it in turns to fight each other as the Cleaners and the Ridden. But there is no campaign level akin to Left 4 Dead, where players would have to fight through player-controlled zombies to get to the safe house.
When asked by a fan why this was "cut", Chris Ashton, co-founder and design director at Turtle Rock Studios, responded saying, "We have a lot of defensive equipment and our specials are good at ambushing. Defending worked far better for our game than running from A-B".
Veteran Left 4 Dead fans haven't taken too kindly to the announcement, particularly those in the Back 4 Blood subreddit.
Despite the contested view of Back 4 Blood within the community, it appears to have drawn considerable interest from the wider gaming community, reaching almost 100,000 concurrent players on Steam during its beta over the weekend.