New Left 4 Dead 2 Mutation, Versus Poll, and a Plushy Boomer?

By Brian Leahy, May 03, 2010 4:20pm PDT The new weekly mutations for Left 4 Dead 2 are changing up the game in some creative ways. Through this framework, Valve can push live weekly gametypes that do not require additional assets to play, but change up the game in significant ways.

This week, players can try out "Bleed Out":

New Mutation

Bleed Out

Your health is a ticking away!

With constant mobs chasing you, there's no time for standing around. You have no permanent health, only temporary health that is continuously ticking away. You won't find any health packs to restore your health, only pills and adrenaline. This mutation is for Campaign mode.

Additionally, polls are now being conducted in-game. The first poll asked users who their favorite L4D2 character was and the results varied by platform. On the Xbox 360, players preferred Ellis, while PC gamers were split between Ellis and Nick.

This week's poll asks if Realism Versus, last week's mutation, should be made a permanant gameplay mode. Voting on the Xbox 360 requires "The Passing" DLC.

Finally, and most importantly, this Boomer plushy (seen above) is now available from the Valve Store and will run you $49.99.

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  • Mutations, for now, is a great way to mix the gameplay up from week to week to keep things fresh. And it also serves as a great way for Valve to “public test” ideas on the community which in turn could get some things released faster, judging how the community and Valve both responded to Realism Versus, that could be a good thing.

    As far as bleed out, I played it and it was ‘meh’ for me. Some other friends really enjoy though. But different strokes for different folks. There are some other really interesting mutations in the cue.

    If Valve also adds mutations to the original L4D when they release the Passing DLC for the original, it would be a homerun by Valve in my books. Even though I am ever annoyed by the ease of shiva stacking in panic events by survivors. That is the major thing that keeps me from enjoying L4D.