Valve Announces New L4D campaign

Written by Harry Butler

August 5, 2009 // 1:15 p.m.

Tags: #crash-course #dlc #l4d #l4d2 #ld #ld2 #left-4-dead #new-campaign #valve #zombies

Amid the grumbles of dissent following the announcement of Left 4 Dead 2 were cries for continued support and content for the original. This isn't surprising, given Valve’s reputation for continued support for its multi-player titles. Valve has decided to answer those anguished cries demanding more zombie splatterfication carnage by announcing a brand new full length campaign for Left 4 Dead, expected to hit both PC and Xbox 360 in September.

The new campaign, dubbed Crash Course, looks to reintroduce the feeling of continuity between the end of the No Mercy campaign and the beginning of Death Toll; the bridge between this gap was dropped in the original game’s development. The new campaign will also
further refine gameplay.

Unlike the four original campaigns, the focus of the new DLC seems to be very much on the game’s versus experience, with Valve looking to “deliver a complete Versus mode experience in just 30 minutes, resulting in a streamlined version of the game’s existing Versus campaigns.” Whether this will mean shorter individual levels or simply a tweak to the games pacing remains to be seen, but Valve has confirmed that dynamic item spawns and a recharge timer for infected team mates will both be involved.

Unlike the previous survival mode expansion though, Valve will this time be charging Xbox Live users the sum of 560 Microsoft Points for the pleasure of downloading Crash Course when it’s released in September. PC users can rest easy though, as the new content will be available free of charge through a standard Steam update.

While the news of a new L4D campaign is undoubtedly great news for fans of the game, do you feel it’s a case of too little too late? Will this effect you’re decision to buy L4D2? Or are you just eager to get your teeth into more zombalyptic action? Whatever your thoughts, let us know in the forums.

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