Valve announces “The Passing” L4D2 DLC for Spring

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
the first game add-on for its co-operative zombie thriller, Left 4 Dead 2 (L4D2), is in development and targeted for release in early 2010.

Dubbed "The Passing," the first game add-on for L4D2 brings the original Left 4 Dead
(L4D1) Survivors down south for a meeting with the L4D2 cast, while
delivering new single-player, multiplayer and co-operative gameplay for
the PC and Xbox 360.

Targeted for release in early spring, "The Passing" takes place just
after the Dead Center campaign of L4D2. Set in a small town in rural
Georgia, players assume the role of the L4D2 Survivors as they meet
with the L4D1 characters.

In addition to the new co-operative campaign and associated narrative,
"The Passing" will include new arenas for Survival, Versus and Scavenge
mode and introduce a new co-operative challenge mode of play. The
Passing will also include a new "uncommon common" zombie class, melee
weapon, and firearm.

"The Passing will become the most important campaign in the Left 4 Dead
story, as all the Survivors are being called together in one campaign,"
said Doug Lombardi, VP of marketing at Valve. "It will also be a huge
offering of new gameplay content, with something new for every game
mode plus a new uncommon common and weaponry."

Exclusively available for the Xbox 360 and PC, L4D2 sets a new
benchmark for co-operative action games. The title adds melee combat to
enable deeper co-operative gameplay, with items such as a chainsaws,
frying pans, axes, baseball bats, and more.

With 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.

Finally, with new Survivors, boss zombies, weapons, and items,
Left 4 Dead 2 offers a much larger game than the original, featuring
more co-operative campaigns, more Versus campaigns, new Survival maps,
and the new competitive game mode, Scavenge.

Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing is targeted for release in early
spring for the PC and Xbox 360. Pricing will be announced closer to
launch.

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