Back 4 Blood, the spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead, is officially releasing on Xbox Game Pass on October 12, and ahead of its release, executive producer Matt O'Driscoll has been talking about launching into the service on day one.

In an interview with GamesRadar, O'Driscoll enthused that the ability to access millions of players instantly at launch via Game Pass is "kind of mind blowing", and will mean that the game always benefits from a healthy player base.

"Yeah… day one, launching on Game Pass. That's going to be kind of crazy, right? We need a player pool, so that we've got matches going all the time. I think we've got that player pool from day one. I forget what the numbers are for Game Pass, but I think it's 20 million-plus users, right? They will have access to our game from day one, which is kind of mind blowing. I've never launched a game that's had that kind of accessibility from day one."

O'Driscoll also went on to praise Xbox for remaining hands-off during the creative process following the Game Pass reveal, explaining that Microsoft "wanted the game we were making", and didn't try to make any requests or demands.

We're still two months away from the launch, but Back 4 Blood is having a busy couple of weeks at the moment, with the Early Access beta having started yesterday for pre-order customers, and a totally open beta starting on August 12.

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