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Left 4 Dead Announced

Valve and Turtle Rock Studios announce development of Left 4 Dead, a cooperative multiplayer action game using the Source engine that's slated for release next year:

November 20, 2006 - Turtle Rock Studios and Valve today announce Left 4 Dead, a co-operative multiplayer action game from the makers of Counter-Strike.

"By leveraging its industry-leading AI technology and years of Counter-Strike development experience, Turtle Rock is building upon the elements that make Counter-Strike successful and applying them to Left 4 Dead," said Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve. "What Counter-Strike did for multiplayer action games, Left 4 Dead will do for co-op games."

Left 4 Dead is built atop the most advanced version of the Source Engine and introduces version 2 of Turtle Rock's artificial intelligence (A.I.) technology.

Left 4 Dead will debut on the PC in 2007.

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22. Re: Which technology is that? Nov 21, 2006, 03:37 Ging
 
The most recent UK PC Gamer had a three page article on this - the zombies are modern 'fast' zombies, think 28 days later (they're even called "The Infected").

Four players work together to escape the city, but there are large 'boss' infected. There's the 'Boomer', who's a huge bloated zombie that explodes when killed. The 'Tank' a juggernaught style creature. The 'Smoker' can steal people from the group with it's tongue (sounds like a Licker to a degree) and finally the 'Hunter' who uses speed and agility to make hit and run hits against the humans.

There's a couple of nice ideas touches described in the magazine, like being able to drag a player out of a mass of zombies if he's been knocked down.

It shows promise, but I'll believe the 2007 release date when I actually see it in shops.

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