Monday, June 1st 2009

Valve Announces Left 4 Dead 2

Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Half-Life and Counter-Strike) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced Left 4 Dead 2 (L4D2), the sequel to the best-selling and critically-acclaimed co-operative multiplayer thriller.

Coming exclusively to Xbox 360 and PC, L4D2 promises to set a new benchmark for co-operative action games and become one of 2009's marquee titles.

"A large part of how Left 4 Dead became 2008's top-selling new IP on Xbox 360 and the PC was the custom-tailored gameplay made possible by the AI Director," said Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve. "With the knowledge gained from creating the original, new technology, and a passionate team, L4D2 will set a new benchmark for cooperative action games."

Set for release on November 17, the title adds melee combat to enable deeper co-operative gameplay, with items such as a chainsaw, frying pan, axe, baseball bat, and more.

Introducing the AI Director 2.0, L4D's dynamic gameplay is taken to the next level by giving the Director the ability to procedurally change weather effects, world objects, and pathways in addition to tailoring the enemy population, effects, and sounds to match the players' performance. The result is a unique game session custom fitted to provide a satisfying and uniquely challenging experience each time the game is played.

Featuring new Survivors, boss zombies, weapons, and items, Left 4 Dead 2 offers a much larger game than the original with more co-operative campaigns, more Versus campaigns, and maps for Survival mode available at launch.

Supported by a $10+ million marketing campaign, Left 4 Dead has sold over 2.5 million retail copies since it was released in November of 2008. Left 4 Dead 2 is targeted for release on Xbox 360 and the PC on November 17, 2009, and will be launched worldwide with a multi-million dollar marketing campaign across TV, Outdoor, and Online.

"Left 4 Dead was backed by our most aggressive advertising campaign to date, and resulted in a top 5 showing on two platforms during holiday 2008," said Doug Lombardi, VP of marketing at Valve. "Left 4 Dead 2 is a larger game and will be supported with even more consumer and retail advertising programs than the original."

Left 4 Dead 2 will be featured as the cover story on PC Gamer and Official Xbox Magazines this month. For more information, please visit l4d.com
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89 Comments on Valve Announces Left 4 Dead 2

#1
TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: EastCoasthandle
Lets think bigger, 16vs16 or 32vs32. Now that's something too look forward too IMO.




I've edited my post to mention the specifics.
Everything you just asked for it has. I don't understand.
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#2
scope54
im thinking this could either be a really good think or another way to get people's money...

It might either be like a $10 DLC/and packaged with newer copies of L4D or it could be what everyone suspects it to be a $39 mod to the game.

and the creators of counter-strike joined valve software, turtle rock also joined valve i believe and made CS:CZ along with their AI.
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#3
iStink
by: scope54
im thinking this could either be a really good think or another way to get people's money...
Everything a company does is a way to get people's money lol. Even if this was free, it would be an incentive for people to buy the first one.

You all have to admit, L4D is addictive as hell and the zombie physics are nuts. I was under some pipes the other day and noticed the zombies don't glitch when they have to crouch, they actually crawl at you. It's pretty creepy.

Anyways, with as many hours as I've already put into that game, I have no problem paying for a second version. What I DO want though is for it to just be a standalone upgrade to what you have, allowing you to open one copy of the game to get everything from the second as well as the first.

Oh and does anyone else notice the massive performance improvement when you disable multicore rendering and set the exe's affinity to 1?
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#4
ShadowFold
Oh I'm for sure getting it! I just hope it's not full price. If it is, I'll pay it anyway, L4D is my favorite co-op game :D
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#5
scope54
well what i meant when i said that was they could just exploit the franchise to just get another $50 out of people, even though the game itself is just new textures (as we know right now).
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#6
ShadowFold
by: scope54
well what i meant when i said that was they could just exploit the franchise to just get another $50 out of people, even though the game itself is just new textures (as we know right now).
New weapons, zombies, boss zombies and maps aren't just new textures. I'd gladly pay 50$ for something with 100% more content!
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#7
erocker
by: ShadowFold
New weapons, zombies, boss zombies and maps aren't just new textures. I'd gladly pay 50$ for something with 100% more content!
I'd rather see a discount for L4D1 owners. It's been only a year afterall....
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#8
D4S4
HEY F U VALVE!!! Where's Half Life: Episode 3 and Half life 3 i'm still waiting for??? :shadedshu

Am i the only person who wants to see those games?

(just for the record - Half Life 2 is (still) the only game that isn't waste of money to buy in my books)
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#9
erocker
by: D4S4
HEY F U VALVE!!! Where's Half Life: Episode 3 and Half life 3 i'm still waiting for??? :shadedshu

Am i the only person who wants to see those games?

(just for the record - Half Life 2 is (still) the only game that isn't waste of money to buy in my books)
Lol, lose the anger and go be a perfectionist game designer. You cannot rush the greatest game of all time.
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#10
alexp999
Staff
by: D4S4
HEY F U VALVE!!! Where's Half Life: Episode 3 and Half life 3 i'm still waiting for??? :shadedshu

Am i the only person who wants to see those games?

(just for the record - Half Life 2 is (still) the only game that isn't waste of money to buy in my books)
I can understand what your saying, the original Half life was released about 5 years ago, and its been about 2 years since EP2, yet they manage to release L4D and announce L4D2 in the space of about 12 months.

I dont want them to rush it, but come one! :D
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#11
DaveK
Left 4 Dead was a waste of my money, so I won't be buying this one.
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#12
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
ah hell, i just got the 1st one
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#13
ShadowFold
by: DaveK
Left 4 Dead was a waste of my money, so I won't be buying this one.
Hardly, I have 145 hours clocked on it :rockout:
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#15
CrAsHnBuRnXp
I have yet to even play the first one. Anyone wanna buy it and gift it to me? :D
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#16
Assimilator
by: leonard_222003
... half-life wouldn't even be remebered today if it wasn't for counter-strike.
Let me guess
... where the hell is HL2 EP3!!
Yeah, it's been almost two whole f**king years since Episode 2 and still nothing. I understand that good game development takes time, but this is the second Left 4 Dead game they're releasing within a year.

Episode 3 had better be the equivalent of the Second Coming or a lot of gamers - myself included - are going to be (a) very disappointed and (b) very pissed off.
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#17
ShadowFold
Left 4 Dead and Half-Life and made by two separate teams. L4D is mainly comprised of the CSS dudes and Turtle Rock for the most part.
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#18
t77snapshot
by: leonard_222003
half-life wouldn't even be remebered today if it wasn't for counter-strike.
I totally disagree with this statement :shadedshu
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#19
ShRoOmAlIsTiC
but where is counter strike 2, counter strike source is just cs ported to the source engine. screw the rest. Has anyone even heard anything about it yet?
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#20
t77snapshot
by: CrAsHnBuRnXp
I have yet to even play the first one. Anyone wanna buy it and gift it to me? :D
I loved the first one because it was really long! I don't see games today that had that many hours of gameplay. Not to mention an awesome storyline with plenty of action, suspense and puzzles.:cool:

I will gift it only if you promise to play the whole game and LOVE IT!:D
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#21
Nick89
L4D was kinda a waste of my money. After I played through all the levels 5 times it got VERY boring and repetitive, I havent played since last year. I just got Killing Floor and that game is AWESOME!

Killing Floor is what would happen if they mixed Counter Strike and L4D together with Resident Evil!
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#22
t77snapshot
by: Nick89
L4D was kinda a waste of my money. After I played through all the levels 5 times it got VERY boring and repetitive, I havent played since last year. I just got Killing Floor and that game is AWESOME!
I think the L4D was never meant to be a single player shooter, but more for multi-player co-op games. If this was true then I don't think it was worth $50. The good news is it's cheaper now.:)
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#23
Shadin
I wouldn't be surprised if Valve released the sequel at a heavy discount for people who already own L4D on Steam. Xbox users will get appropriately raped, though, I would guess.
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#24
ChromeDome
well just to reiterate some of what has already been said.....i do wish this was more DLC for the original game rather then an all new game we have to pay for. i mean L4D 2 sounds good maybe after two or three years for an online game like this....but 1 year after release of the original w/o almost any new DLC for it seems like a money grab

which is fine....i just don't want to pay more for a game i already have, basically. so it better be as big as they are making it sound. and it better be GOOD

and yes, if it is i will most likely have it on pre-order :banghead:
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#25
CrAsHnBuRnXp
by: t77snapshot
I loved the first one because it was really long! I don't see games today that had that many hours of gameplay. Not to mention an awesome storyline with plenty of action, suspense and puzzles.:cool:

I will gift it only if you promise to play the whole game and LOVE IT!:D
Deal. :D
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