Valve announces Left 4 Dead: Crash Course DLC

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 4 August 2009 18:27 GMT

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Valve has announced new DLC coming to Left 4 Dead titled Crash Course, due in September.

The storyline for it takes place between the end of the No Mercy campaign and the beginning of Death Toll.

It’s a new Campaign and new Survival maps, essentially.

As well as new locations and new dialogue from the original cast, a recharge timer for infected teammates has also been added, and item spawn behavior has changed for more balanced gameplay, according to Valve.

A sneak peek of it will debut on GameTrailers TV next week.

It’s going to be free on PC and 560MSP on 360.

Full press release is below.

August 4, 2009- 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 next major downloadable content (DLC) update for its co-operative zombie thriller, /Left 4 Dead /(L4D)/, /the #1 new game title on Xbox 360 and PC in 2008

Entitled “Crash Course,” the latest DLC delivers new single-player, multiplayer and co-operative gameplay to both platforms. Targeted for release in September, “Crash Course” bridges the gap between the end of the “No Mercy” campaign and the beginning of “Death Toll” in the original game, expanding the game universe with new locations, new dialogue from the original cast, and an explosive finale.

While containing both Survival maps and a Co-operative Campaign, the primary goal of “Crash” is to deliver a complete Versus mode experience in just 30 minutes, resulting in a streamlined version of the game’s
existing Versus campaigns. A recharge timer for infected teammates has also been added, and item spawn behavior has changed for more balanced gameplay.

“Since the release of /Left 4 Dead/ last November, the design team has been excited about creating new experiences for this world and allowing players to do the same, by releasing much of our internal toolset, like the Survival Pack and Authoring Tools,” said Gabe Newell. “We’re working with the fans toward the ongoing entertainment value of the product.”

/Left 4 Dead/ is an action horror 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 50 industry awards from outlets around the world and sold almost 3 million copies worldwide.

Left 4 Dead: Crash Course is targeted for release in September and will be available free of charge on the PC and for 560 Gamer points on Xbox Live.

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