Left 4 Dead

PC, XB360, MAC / Action / Release: Nov 18, 2008 / ESRB: M

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Left 4 Dead beta Francis model released for L4D2

Left 4 Dead beta Francis model released for L4D2

Remember how Left 4 Dead's characters looked long ago, before Valve snapped up creator Turtle Rock Studios? A rummage in Valve's archive has dug up the old models, and you can now play the early burly bearded incarnation of loveable biker Francis in Left 4 Dead 2. The other beta survivors may follow later too.

Read more: Uncovered while trying to help modders »

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Cabin in the Woods DLC for Left 4 Dead 2 once planned

Cabin in the Woods DLC for Left 4 Dead 2 once planned

Attentive horror fans may have spotted the bilious Boomer and other Left 4 Dead monsters snuck into Joss Whedon's delightful scare 'em up movie The Cabin in the Woods, but L4D's involvement was once supposed to be far greater. Director Drew Goddard has revealed that a CitW expansion was planned for Left 4 Dead 2, but sadly got scrapped. Plainly, this post contains spoilers for the film, which you really should see if you haven't.

Read more: "Porting Cabin into Left For Dead felt like the right fit" »

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Left 4 Dead 2 Cold Stream DLC coming July 24

Left 4 Dead 2 Cold Stream DLC coming July 24

After over a year of public testing, Valve will officially launch Left 4 Dead 2's 'Cold Stream' DLC later this month. It packs versions of original Left 4 Dead campaigns Blood Harvest, Crash Course, Dead Air and Death Toll, as well as the community-made Cold Stream. On top of that, a patch launching alongside will make all of the game-altering mutations available at all times.

Read more: Arriving July 24 »

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Payday: No Mercy explains 'how the Left 4 Dead series began'

Payday: No Mercy explains 'how the Left 4 Dead series began'

Update: Valve comments on the DLC.

Overkill Software promised it was working on a Left 4 Dead thing. Well, here it is.

The developer has released a new video, showcasing Payday: The Heist - No Mercy. There's no word on what it is exactly, but it appears to be a DLC expansion of SOE's online shooter.

Watch: Go back to Mercy Hospital »

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Payday dev collaborating with Valve on Left 4 Dead-y thing

Payday dev collaborating with Valve on Left 4 Dead-y thing

It's all go at Payday: The Heist developer Overkill Software these days. As well as working on a sequel and DLC for its coop crime caper FPS, and being acquired by Starbreeze Studios, the Swedes have revealed they're working with Valve on something Left 4 Dead-y.

Read more: But what are they working on? »

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Left 4 Dead dev using CryEngine for new FPS

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Left 4 Dead dev using CryEngine for new FPS

Turtle Rock Studios is reportedly using Crytek's CryEngine to build its next game. The Left 4 Dead co-developer has revealed that they've currently got a new multiplayer FPS in the works. Cryptically dubbed "Secret Project #1," the game will be published by THQ.

Read more: Turtle Rock hiring for new game »

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Left 4 Dead partially inspired by bird-flu scare

Left 4 Dead partially inspired by bird-flu scare

When Left 4 Dead first introduced its new brand of co-operative zombie-slaying, it didn't take long for a rabid fan-base to develop. In a recent interview, several Left 4 Dead luminaries, including writer Chet Faliszek and then-Turtle Rock CEO Mike Booth, reminisced about how the Left 4 Dead series came to be.

Read more: Making Left 4 Dead »

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Left 4 Dead 2 'Dead Air' will unlock early

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Left 4 Dead 2 'Dead Air' will unlock early

Last week, Valve promised to release the Left 4 Dead 2 version of classic Left 4 Dead episode 'Dead Air' if players helped beta test new community-made map Cold Stream, setting a target for 20,000 playthroughs. Good news! "You started playing at 10am on Wednesday morning. Four and half hours later you surpassed the 20,000 target," Valve revealed in a blog post. "By 5pm you passed 30,000. By this morning at 10am – a mere 24 hours later you hit 60,774!"

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Left 4 Dead 2 DLC Announced, Packing L4D Campaigns and New Community Campaign

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A new Left 4 Dead 2 downloadable content pack is in the works, developer Valve has announced, featuring the three remaining Left 4 Dead campaigns that have yet to be ported over to the sequel as well as a new community-made campaign.

The new community campaign dubbed 'Cold Stream' is being made by Matthew Lourdelet, maker of '2 Evil Eyes,' which was Valve's first L4D2 featured campaign. Read more »

"Left4Dead sucks. Bought it for $5 on-sale and I don't think I even got the five bucks out of ..."
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Interview: Beyond Black Mesa Director, Brian Curtin

If you're a Half-Life (or Left 4 Dead) fan, and you haven't yet seen the recently released fan-made short film, Beyond Black Mesa, do yourself a favor.

We reached out to get some more information about how the project came together from Brian Curtin, who directed, produced, wrote, edited, acted, and art-directed the film, among other things. Making a high-quality fan-film on a shoestring budget (while working full-time) isn't an easy task, but Curtin and his cabal of film and Half-Life enthusiasts persevered to pull off one of the better bits of cinematic fan-fiction based on video games that we've seen to date. Read more »

"It`s really nice for an amateur thing but why does everything gotta have zombies nowadays?"
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Left 4 Dead Released for Mac, On Sale Again

The Mac version of Left 4 Dead is now available, fulfilling Valve's promise to launch the Mac version before Halloween. It supports Steam Play, which means that owners of the PC version will snag a shiny Mac copy if they are equipped with an Apple machine.

It also means that Mac players will be able to play on the same servers as the PC players. To celebrate the launch, gamers can pick-up Left 4 Dead for $9.99 (50% off) or bundled with Left 4 Dead 2 for the low, low price of $14.99--though not as low as the previous sale. Read more »

"Glad to see this one make it to the Mac today, here's looking forward to more in the near future."
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New StarCraft 2 Custom Maps on Show at BlizzCon, Referencing Left 4 Dead and DotA

Four new Blizzard-made StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty custom maps are on show at BlizzCon 2010. The new maps drop references to video game and pop culture icons including Valve's Left 4 Dead, PopCap's Bejeweled, television show 'Iron Chef' and the ever-popular, oft-imitated Warcraft III custom map Defense of the Ancients. Read more »

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Shack PSA: Both Left 4 Deads Bundled for $10.19 on Steam as 'The Sacrifice' DLC Arrives

Left 4 Dead's new DLC, 'The Sacrifice,' launched today, and in a move that's as much awesome as it is likely to cause some Xbox RAGE, Valve is selling both titles on Steam for a deep discount. The Mac version of Left 4 Dead 2 went live today as well, for the same ultra-low price.

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"I really enjoyed The Sacrifice... not bad for free! It is a top quality campaign, and among my ..."
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Left 4 Dead Mac Launch Due by Halloween

Valve is hoping to release the original Left 4 Dead on Mac "in time to celebrate Halloween," the developer revealed yesterday.

There's also a formal announcement that Left 4 Dead 2's Mac launch will coincide with the arrival of the L4D and L4D2 DLC 'The Sacrifice' on October 5--as has been known for a while. Read more »

"I'm curious as to what it takes to get L4D ported to Mac, since they've already ported HL2 ..."
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Your First, Harrowing Glimpse at Left 4 Dead's Upcoming DLC "The Sacrifice"

The latest downloadable content for Left 4 Dead 2 (and presumably last for the original) is set to launch next week. "The Sacrifice" DLC follows the original Left 4 Dead cast as they journey South, losing one of their own team members along the way. While there is one real conclusion to the story, as evidenced in the previous DLC "The Passing," players will have the opportunity to re-write history and select which team member will fall in "The Sacrifice." It won't change the franchise's canon, but it'll make you look totally badass. Read more »

"I love how Bill lights the molly with his cigarette... (looks like it)"
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