Left 4 Dead 2 Game Add-on Announced

"The Passing" Brings L4D1 Survivors Down South

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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