When Turtle Rock Studios first announced its multiplayer-centric Left 4 Dead during the first few days of 2007, the studio made ambitious claims that the game would see daybreak on the PC during the first half of the year, and the Xbox 360 edition would arrive that winter. That estimation proved to be ill-founded, and by the time Valve purchased Turtle Rock nearly a year to the day after the game's announcement, Left 4 Dead's release on both platforms had been pushed to 2008.
While the game's development turned out to resemble more the lumbering living dead of lore, rather than the frenetic menace the game espouses, a date for dismemberment has finally been set. Speaking with GameTrailers, Left 4 Dead project lead Mike Booth revealed the game would shamble forth simultaneously for the Xbox 360 and PC on November 4. In addition to the Xbox 360 game's retail release, the PC version will be available for download through Valve's online digital delivery service, Steam.
Left 4 Dead is a survival horror game in which players must work cooperatively to fend off "the infected." Powered by Valve's Source engine, the game is set in a modern-day America, where the remnants of a town attempt to blast their way through an ocean of zombies lest they become infected themselves. In addition to a four-player online co-op mode, the game features competitive play, where players can voluntarily cast their lot as part of the undead horror.
For a more in-depth look at Left 4 Dead, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.