Left 4 Dead Survival Pack DLC and custom campaign details emerge

Thursday, 5th February 2009 19:22 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Zombie thriller Left 4 Dead will see its first bit of DLC this spring in the form of the L4D: Survival Pack, according to an announcement from Valve today.

Included will be a new multiplayer mode called Survival, plus two new Versus campaign modes.

Also of note: a Critic’s Choice Edition of the game is also heading to retail this spring, which will include the DLC.

Valve is also to release the PC SDK, which will allow the creation of custom Left 4 Dead campaigns through the matchmaking system. It’ll be free to all owners of L4D on PC.

Full press release through the jump.


Valve’s Zombie Thriller Expanding In 2009

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.
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  1. Chris Evans

    They make no mention of it, so I assume that the DLC won’t be paid for, wait and see on that though eh?

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Madeira

    We probably don’t know this yet, but the question of the day: Is this going to have 2 entirely new versus campaigns, or does ‘two complete campaigns for Versus Mode’ mean that they are making the 2 currently campaign-only campaigns available to be played in versus?

    It’s stated so ambiguously, I’m leaning towards the latter.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Yoshi

    “It’ll be free to all owners of L4D on PC” they said about it ther.
    But on 360 you will most likely hav to pay, just like microsoft made valve make ppl pay for the tf2 patch with new stuff.

    Im abit let down with the DLC becos the campaigns for versus is Dead Air and Death Toll, which yes it will be good doin versus on them but i thought they were going to be bringin a totally new campaign aswel, and about this survival mode that will probz jus be co-op but instead of if u die u respawn, u wont, which we already have with versus.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Chris Evans

    Yoshi – that is in relation to the SDK, not the DLC itself. What makes me wonder is that they are releasing a new retail version as well

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Yoshi

    Ohh :S well i always thought the SDK would obviously be free as its basicly part of the game.
    So this could mean the DLC might have a price :S well if valve is stupid enough to do that then alot of people are guna be complainin, because updates have always been free on pc since half-life.
    I bet the update for 360 will cost, just like i said above microsoft made valve make people pay for the tf2 update, so they most likely will tell valve to make people pay again.

    #5 6 years ago

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