Valve has laid out pre-order and general release timings for the Left 4 Dead 2 demo.

They're soon, but not as soon as the Eurogamer Expo, where you'll be able to play L4D2 co-operatively within touching difference of your friends. Leeds and London are the locations. The cost: just six quid. The EG Expo mini-site has the scoop. But buy quick; ticket sales are accelerating.

PC owners win, as the pre-order (Steam, participating retailers) demo goes live on 27th October, with open access following on 3rd November.

Xbox 360 picks up the baton from there, as Xbox Live Gold members can play from 3rd November, and Silver members from 10th November.

The Left 4 Dead 2 demo offers gameplay from The Parish campaign. Up to four people can play, with two-player split-screen an option on Xbox 360. All of the new boss Infected and melee weapons are present in the demo.

Left 4 Dead 2 launches on Steam on 17th November and in shops on 20th November.

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