Left 4 Dead buried until November 20

New launch date for Valve and Turtle Rock Studios' PC, 360 zombie horror shooter commemorates 10th anniversary of Half-Life.

Most folks would probably say that a zombie-induced apocalypse is a thing to be stalled at all costs, up to and including the quarantine and sacrifice of entire sovereign nations. That's true, of course, unless the cataclysmic event in question is in reference to Valve and Turtle Rock Studios' frenetic survival horror shooter Left 4 Dead. Ironically, it appears the zombie infestation that people actually want to see happen has been delayed all the same.

Speaking to Dutch gaming site GameKings, Valve cofounder and managing director Gabe Newell revealed that Left 4 Dead is now scheduled to ship for the Xbox 360 and PC via Steam on November 20, two weeks after its previously announced ship date. According to Newell, the new launch date commemorates the 10th anniversary of Valve's first major hit, the PC first-person shooter Half-Life.

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 more on Left 4 Dead, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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reymachine
reymachine

no l4d isnt coming out for ps3 that sucks huh and it isnt going to be a later realsed game like bioshock so if you want to get l4d then buy a better pc or get a 360 : )

-Intellectual-
-Intellectual-

@ Kenji Valve said they are not ps3 devs and it wont be coming out on ps3. Its a console exclusive for the X360.

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

I'm pretty sure that this will be out on the PS3, but much like rockband 2, for some strange reason it's has a later release date

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

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badwoof
badwoof

this game is gonna rock but why delay it NOOOOO i want to kill some zombies now

ps3thabest
ps3thabest

i thought this was coming to ps3 as well.

ps3thabest
ps3thabest

i thought this was coming to ps3 as well.

leach112
leach112

Looks done to me, loads of journalists have played nearly complete versions on the PC. Most likely they're only delaying because XBox port is taking longer than they thought and EA are holding them to a simultaneous release.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Can't wait for L4D, but I still wouldn't mind a date on HL2 Ep3. Kind of going nuts waiting for that one.

rav44
rav44

I am thankful that this is being delayed, because now i won't have to choose between gears of war 2 and this. now i'll be more so able to get both.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

This is one of the games I'm most looking forward to.If it needs to be delayed, then so be it.There are so many games coming out between now and the holiday season that I don't think a delay would will hurt that much, especially if it helps polish the game.

MaCBruda5
MaCBruda5

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OMGGamespotRULZ
OMGGamespotRULZ

um....Koal...splitscreen 4 player is not next gen, thats nintendo 64 gen u fog

Morde10668
Morde10668

The four controller slot argument is valid, but seriously, how many games have sucked all playing on a little section of the screen, the online aspect should make 4 players much more enjoyable.

Koal_Jadian
Koal_Jadian

awesome how its NOT splitscreen 4 player thanks for ANOTHER next-gen disappointment Every single co-op game that's come out on this console has only been 2 player splitscreen at most, why the F do I have 4 controller slots and less functionality in these games than on the first x-box?

stevo_360
stevo_360

Look forward to seeing how it turns out.

funnysplay
funnysplay

Id be able to play with four on 1 console. Instead of only being able to play online. It should still be a pretty good game none the less.

TrickyDOTcom
TrickyDOTcom

Ah well i still cant wait for this game!!!!Oh well couple weeks wont hurt still get time to beat Dead Space & GOW2!

alcari
alcari

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alcari
alcari

Good. I'd rather see them wait till it's actually finished, then meet the deadline and have a flurry of patches in the first two weeks.

Morde10668
Morde10668

Back to what i originally posted, im not saying anything bad about gears of war, its a beautiful game, but what i am saying is there are a million 3ps games out there and not to mention this is a sequal, its not gonna be much diferent from the first i am sure. But then you have left 4 dead which is innovative and im pretty sure nothing like this has been done before, unless you count the resident evil outbreak games, which werent all that great.

bettemidler
bettemidler

that sucks. i pre-ordered this game like 3 months ago and now i have to wait more.

gamist
gamist

4 player co-op, I like that!

Pixiecrap
Pixiecrap

half lifes 10th anniversary sounds appropriate to me... and i agree, for a game like this i dont mind waiting a little longer... friggin school could get in the way though -_-

J05h90
J05h90

this looks pretty cool hopefully it wont be to repetitive though. i can wait a little longer for a better game

DragoonWolfs
DragoonWolfs

for people that say that valve hates sony they really dont and microsoft doesnt have anything to do with it either. the only reason that its coming to the 360 is that programing on the pc and 360 are close to the same thing so its easy for them to port it on the 360 but with the ps3 they cant just port it they would have to make the entire game again.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

Left 4 dead is gonna be awesome i am gonna own this on 360 as soon as it comes out. so many game to play on 360 while i wait for resident evil 5

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jtthegame316

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jtthegame316
jtthegame316

i can't wait to own this on my 360. l got some awesome games to play while i wait for resident evil 5. left 4 dead is gonna be awesome though.

Atarii
Atarii

This is be a great way to spend the holidays - blasting zombies with the Source engine :)

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

although i cant wait for L4D, i am waiting for the next installment of Half Life even more!

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Valve has a game kicked back!!!? Who would have thunk?

Sheegot
Sheegot

Valve postpones? My god I'm surprised.

robosushi
robosushi

The 360 dont have many this year? Man I wish that was the case, because I dont think that Im going to be able to get to some of the games I want to this fall. This sounds fun, but I already have alot of Fable 2, Gears 2, and Fallout 3 on my plate. Plust the new Bond looks good, so does Mirrors Edge, Far Cry 2, maybe even Dead Space and some others. Then you have to think about some multiplayer on those games. oh yea, and then I have to think about that I have a life too. so, I think Im ok with how many games we get

gustavo_13
gustavo_13

WTF! noooooooooooooo i wanna kill zombies in co-op now...

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

NOOO! I don't want to wait, i want to bust a cap in zombies...NOW!

uberping
uberping

@ Hokkie. I get your point but some of those games you listed are well poo

Hokkie
Hokkie

And the 360 dont have many this year, so its not a major at all wow....360 has no games coming out this year? Okay okay... Marcs 2, Infinite Undiscovery, Tales of Vesperia, Rock Band 2, SW:TFU, BIA:HH, Lego Batman, Silent Hill:HC, Legendary, Fracture, Dead Space, Fable 2, Saints Row 2, Rise of the Argonauts, Ghostbusters, End War, far Cry 2, Fallout 3, GH:World Tour, Gears of war 2, Bond:QoS, MKvsDCU, Red Alert 3, Banjo Kazooie, COD:WaW, Mirrors edge, Left 4 Dead, Sonic Unleahsed, TR:Underworld, Prince of Persia, Last Remnant. ALL those before 12/25/08. thats more than 1 game PER WEEK until then. And yeah I listed games that were appearing on both consoles, but not everyone owns a PS3. All of these are big titles this year, and I doubt anyone has the money to get them all. Valve is still a very strong company, and they put their games through the same kind of testing and such and Blizzard does with theirs. But micro fans do buy alot of 7 out of 10 games I noticed and so do PS3 owners.

red_x2004
red_x2004

So what is this going to be , Half Life 2.3 ? It's going to be great I'll tell you that, but i don't think it's a must have that's for sure.

mrkame16
mrkame16

This game sounds over hyped, like Too Human was. Hopefully when its released it will be good.

couly
couly

through and there

truenextgen
truenextgen

Its a BS hype, Like on the PS3 people only think everyone will buy RESISTANCE 2, again stupid. Heck Ill get R2 but Theirs quite a few others from sept threw nov. that I want. In fact my wallet may be a little thin threw their. But their should be no problem with a November release. And the 360 dont have many this year, so its not a major at all. I mean 2 Christmass games will sell. 5 would if they had it. The only problem would be in if the game is a average 7 out of 10 game. Then it should not sell either way. But micro fans do buy alot of 7 out of 10 games I noticed, along with the good ones? Not sure why, they just do. And as good as Valve is/was, their a 90s CPU type company. That has not took steps to become a 2010 beyond one. So their kinda falling into that 7 out of 10 realm.

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

"Releasing any shooter in Nov is a bad idea considering Gears 2 is coming out then." why do people assume that customers will only buy one game? do you only play one game the entire month? this game is going to rock. and knowing valve, they're going to have tons of updates during december.

darkride66
darkride66

I think I might skip this game and maybe pick it up on the PC if it's any good later on. There's just too many great titles coming out in the next few months and I don't see L4D as a "must have".

ParisSun
ParisSun

I'll get this before I get Gears. Anyway, I need enough room so I'll have time to play Fable 2 and Fallout 3.

Mr_Jaminson
Mr_Jaminson

Hm a shame that it has been delayed slightly, but not at the same time. So many hyped games are coming out in october, so this is probably a good thing for me to get some money back first:P

geppy71
geppy71

I wouldn't be to worried about it competing with other blockbusters, it's a safe bet that this game will have a long life if it evolves like they say. So many great games coming out...Wait a minute, I kinda sound like the MS rep at E3 talking about bungie. Nooo