Valve announces the L4D Survival Pack, downloadable content to be released
this spring for the PC and Xbox 360 editions of Left 4 Dead
. They also
announce a "Critic's Choice Edition" of the game that will be available at
retail around that time that will include the new DLC, and also say they will
release the SDK for PC owners around that time as well. Here's word on the plan,
which outlines the new game mode called Survival and two new campaigns for
February 5, 2008 - Valve, creators of best-selling game
franchises (such as Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress, and Counter-Strike) and
leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced a series of
content and development releases for its latest title, 2008's best-selling new
game property for the PC and Xbox 360, Left 4 Dead (L4D).
The first L4D DLC - dubbed the L4D Survival Pack -- is due for release this
spring and introduces a new multiplayer game mode entitled, Survival, plus two
complete campaigns for Versus Mode . A Critic's Choice Edition of the game is
also heading to retail stores this spring, and will include access to all the
content introduced in the L4D: Survival Pack.
In addition, for PC gamers and aspiring developers, the first Left 4 Dead
release for the Source Software Development Kit (Source SDK) will allow the
creation of custom Left 4 Dead campaigns that will be discoverable via L4D's
matchmaking system. The SDK update is also due for release this spring, and is
free of charge to all owners of L4D on the PC.
"Since Half-Life launched in 1998, Valve has made continuous efforts to expand
the offering of its products beyond what's included on the day of launch," said
Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve. "With Half-Life and
Counter-Strike, and more recently Team Fortress 2, we've learned that we're no
longer making stand-alone games but creating entertainment services. With Left 4
Dead we're extending that tradition by creating additional gameplay and
releasing our internal tools to aspiring developers so they may also create and
distribute new Left 4 Dead experiences."
Left 4 Dead is a survival action game from Valve that blends the social
entertainment experience of multiplayer games such as Counter-Strike and Team
Fortress with the dramatic, narrative experience made popular in single player
action game classics such as the Half-Life series of games. Released in November
of 2008, L4D has earned over 25 industry awards from outlets around the world.
For more information, please visit www.l4d.com