It's a busy time for Valve, and it's a busy time for Chet Faliszek. Fresh from his work on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (more on its absence from the EU PlayStation Store later), he's now hard at work making Left 4 Dead, the ground-breaking co-op zombie thriller, better. But he still found the time to pop along to Eurogamer Expo last week to deliver a developer session (twice) on how to get a job in the game industry.
The long-awaited Left 4 Dead 2 Cold Stream DLC has launched on PC and Mac, but it has been delayed on Xbox 360 to next week.
Co-op zombie kill-em-up Left 4 Dead 2 will enjoy new downloadable content, Valve has announced – but there's a twist.
Cold Stream is an in the works community campaign created by modder Matthew Lourdelet. Valve is so impressed, it wants it finished and chucked into DLC. But it wants the L4D community's help.
"The very first step in creating a new DLC is deciding on the larger goals and constraints for the DLC," wrote Valve on the Left 4 Dead blog.
Valve has announced a new three-map campaign for cooperative zombie shooters Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2.
Valve has released the first weekly "mutation" for Left 4 Dead 2's The Passing DLC, adding a new time-limited gameplay mode to the game.
Two Tanks at once! Two of them! I understand that a word like "overkill" could never have a place in a horror game that's always taken pleasure from pitting players against harrowing odds, but still. I'm surprised Valve didn't go the whole hog and layer both Tanks' signature horn music over one another, very slightly out of sync, to create a horrible, unlistenable cacophony.
So, Left 4 Dead 2 add-on The Passing boasts at least one exciting new way for you and your team to get massacred. More appealingly perhaps, it also features a new gun, a new uncommon infected, a new Mutations menu option which offers a different game mode every week, and a brand new campaign with cameos from three of the survivors of the original Left 4 Dead. In case you hadn't heard (brace yourself), the upcoming downloadable content for L4D1 requires a player to sacrifice himself or herself for the group, and The Passing reveals the canonical version of who dies.
All this makes The Passing a nice surprise for the PC gamers who this morning received the content for free, but the question remains of whether it's worth the £5 (well, 560 Microsoft Points or £4.76) it will cost Xbox 360 owners. Let's take a look.
Valve has announced that Left 4 Dead 2 downloadable add-on The Passing will be released for PC and Xbox 360 this Thursday, 22nd April.
Microsoft's Inside Xbox team has revealed that Left 4 Dead 2 add-on The Passing will cost 560 Microsoft Points (£4.76 / €6.72) when it comes out.
Valve has said to expect "new game modes" in The Passing DLC for Left 4 Dead 2, which is now listed as "spring" rather than March.
Valve has revealed the tagline for Left 4 Dead 2 downloadable add-on The Passing, and with it some big news about the original Left 4 Dead survivors.
Valve has sent Eurogamer a teaser image for something to do with Left 4 Dead.
Check it out below. It was accompanied by a note that said: "In anticipation of an upcoming announcement from Valve."
The Apple-esque stamp in the top right, complete with "I hate different" tagline, suggests we may be seeing something Mac or iPhone-related.
Valve has said that Left 4 Dead 2 add-on The Passing is due out in March.
Valve has announced that the first downloadable add-on for Left 4 Dead 2 will be called The Passing and is due out in spring 2010 for PC and Xbox 360.
Pricing will be announced "closer to launch".
The Passing is set in rural Georgia just after L4D2's Dead Center campaign and brings the current team of survivors together with the foursome from the first game.