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
Nick89
by: t77snapshot
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.:)
I never played L4D in single player, always with freinds.:wtf:
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#4
oli_ramsay
looks like l4d with different skins... I hope they at least improve the graphics a bit in this one.
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#5
EviLZeD
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!

Killing Floor is what would happen if they mixed Counter Strike and L4D together with Resident Evil!
I gotta agree with killing floor although i like l4d ive been playing KF much more its pretty addictive and does remind me a bit of css it also has loads of things that can be changed such as mods, custom maps and 50+ slot servers
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#6
ShadowFold
by: oli_ramsay
looks like l4d with different skins... I hope they at least improve the graphics a bit in this one.
Uh did you even watch the videos or read about it at all
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#7
somestranger26
by: erocker
I'd rather see a discount for L4D1 owners. It's been only a year afterall....
Totally agree, I'm a bit pissed off that after they FINALLY update the game to what it should've been at launch they announce a new game to milk their customers, yet they continue to update TF2 which is two years old...
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#8
oli_ramsay
by: ShadowFold
Uh did you even watch the videos or read about it at all
saw videos, didnt read about it
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#9
ShadowFold
You didn't see that the graphics look almost twice as good in the gameplay videos?
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#10
iStink
graphics look the same. It seems like this is just an expansion. They should just call it the southern expansion pack for 10 bucks or something.
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#11

Ep 3??????????????

So where is HL:Episode III ??????? It was supose to be released last year. Stupid Valve. I almost forgot the story and action from previews episodes, and I'm not in the mood to play them again....:mad:
#12
ShadowFold
by: 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.
by: TAViX
So where is HL:Episode III ??????? It was supose to be released last year. Stupid Valve. I almost forgot the story and action from previews episodes, and I'm not in the mood to play them again....:mad:
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#13
BumbleBee
it was supposed to be released in 2010.
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#15
EastCoasthandle
I just visited steam forums (L4D) and folk are really ticked off about this.
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#16
ShadowFold
by: EastCoasthandle
I just visited steam forums (L4D) and folk are really ticked off about this.
The whaaambulance are gonna be busy these coming months.

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#17
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Man I'm afraid to say anything. I just got another infraction!
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#18
AsRock
TPU addict
by: alexp999
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
BUT look how short L4D is... To me it's not even a 3rd of a game. I played though some of it in the 24hours they let you.. And tell ya the truth i got bored. I'd play Crysis 1st..


L4D is just for a quick buck were as HL is the thing that really keeps them alive and what is much more important to them..
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#19
Mussels
Moderprator
Anyone else thinking that win7, L4D2 and HL2 EP3 coming out at the same time is a coincidence?

Methinks they might come out as a package (the beige box? lol), possibly in a new shiny DX11 compatible engine.
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#20

by: Mussels
Anyone else thinking that win7, L4D2 and HL2 EP3 coming out at the same time is a coincidence?

Methinks they might come out as a package (the beige box? lol), possibly in a new shiny DX11 compatible engine.
There is a good posibility. If not, I've got a feeling that they will relase a patch for DX11 sometimes later...
#21
012013014
OH NO!!!! HL2 EP3 Should come out first!!! wait for whole years already but now they come out L4D2?!!? BTW i like L4D As Well......But HL2 Should come first!!!
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#22
caleb
L4D1 seemd like 40% of a title and you get bored after two weeks from it.

I think this is just a "mass title" with a lot of oofs and ahhs about it while there isnt much to it except the fact valve made it hence everybody was interested.

lmao at diffrent characters in 2 :))) Thats something every player waits for new skins !
They will add melee combat fear style and tada L4D 2 !

Maybe we can use SDK to make those skins and maps like in movies and release it before valve does :)
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#23
Bo$$
Lab Extraordinaire
is it just me or does this have more gore than the first one????

coz i don't remember their arms flying off
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#24
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Bo$$
is it just me or does this have more gore than the first one????

coz i don't remember their arms flying off
it seems they've added dismemberment, and detachable zombie bits.

The zombies could gib and have limbs come off in L4D - but it was very minor. limb would come off, bloody stump remained.

In that clip i saw gaping holes in a chest - holes you could see through, not just a blood splat.
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#25
Bo$$
Lab Extraordinaire
by: Mussels
it seems they've added dismemberment, and detachable zombie bits.

The zombies could gib and have limbs come off in L4D - but it was very minor. limb would come off, bloody stump remained.

In that clip i saw gaping holes in a chest - holes you could see through, not just a blood splat.
thats what i thought too, i hope there isnt in the game as the dismemberment will definatly put my bro off this game, no bro no go lol
:banghead:
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