Left 4 Dead DLC next week, sequel demo due Oct. 27

Valve's survival horror shooter gains Crash Course add-on Sept. 29; free sampler for sequel on 360, PC 28 days later.

Zombie hunters be advised: The next couple of months are going to be busy. In the lead-up to Left 4 Dead 2's November 17 launch on the Xbox 360 and PC, Valve said today that a demo for the survival-horror shooter will be available to Xbox 360 and PC users on October 27. Further, Valve confirmed that the original Left 4 Dead will be updated with its second batch of downloadable content, titled Crash Course, for the Xbox 360 and PC on September 29.

The clown actually isn't a zombie, but he's probably going to get it anyway.

Details on what gamers can expect from the Left 4 Dead 2 demo were sparse, with a Valve representative confirming for GameSpot that more details will be rolled out as its launch date approaches. However, the Valve rep did say that those who preorder Left 4 Dead 2 through the company's online distribution platform Steam or at participating retailers will be granted advance access to the sampler.

Left 4 Dead's Crash Course DLC is set between the No Mercy and Death Toll maps found in the original game and accommodates single-player, cooperative, and competitive action. Valve notes that the heart of the DLC is the Crash map in Versus mode, which is expected to take 30 minutes to complete.

Crash Course will be offered gratis to PC gamers, though Xbox Live owners will have to drop $7 (MSP 560) on the map pack. Notably, Valve released its first Left 4 Dead add-on, the Survival Pack, in April, giving it away to gamers on both platforms.

According to Valve, the original Left 4 Dead has sold nearly 3 million units worldwide since its release on the Xbox 360 and PC in November 2008. Check out GameSpot's review for more on the original Left 4 Dead, as well as the site's previous coverage for more on Left 4 Dead 2.

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CHAMPION6171994
CHAMPION6171994

Im just gonna wait till the next LFD comes out. Maybe Valve will persuade Microsoft to give out the DLC for free later. Other wise, im not sold.

yodathewise
yodathewise

''Versus mode has lost its fun factor to me. In the 5 matches i played yesterday, there was only 1 team that would actually try to make it to the end of the level. Every other team would just sit in the safe room and not open the door for a long time, or open the safe room door and not come out. So matches just drag on for way longer then they need to and it comes down to people not wanting to play as the humans and just waste time.'' You probably had terrible run of luck. On the 360, at least, people play it properly, and there's no reason that people would act any differently on the PC. Or is there? Anyways, can't wait to try this out :D

B1ackDr4g0n
B1ackDr4g0n

I don't see why u 360 guys get all heck up about $7, u shud be happy that most of ur games get released on time and that they don't keep getting pushed back (AC2 :( )

Old_Captaini
Old_Captaini

The DLC was released today........but guess what? It was not 560 points as previously advertised but 800 POINTS!! Zombie stomping addict that I am I downloaded it anyway and on the first playthrough the two maps appear to be larger than usual, have more pryotechnics available and more zombies per square yard. I got lost on finale map and bought the farm. It's a fun package, but it is aggravating that MS deemed it appropriate to tag us for 800 points when previously advertised at 560, especially since it appears Valve wanted it to be free. Oh well, I'll just take out my anger on the zombie horde..........

LordKevas
LordKevas

Seriously, 7$ is not much. Although free is less. But it is not much money to pay. Why are people whining that they have to pay 7$? If you really want the maps then just pay or just use the PC-version. There are solutions, so lame to complain at a forum and tell everyone that it is soo expensive, oh no...7 dollars! Gee, gotta check my bankaccount if I can afford it. Yes I know there might be the issue that PC is getting it for free. Well Steam is Valves own frickin service while XBOX Live is not their service. Maybe it was more expensive to get it on Xbox Live. Nah, whatever, why do people always have to complain about all this? You must be bored. I am bored right now writing this long comment =). Gonna enjoy the free maps ^^

Hydrolix
Hydrolix

That's total BS that PC gets it for free and XBL has to pay. What that means for gamers is that MS is going to take your money. Valve obviously wants to deliver for free and MS isn't going to let them. Unfortunately, lots of people are going to buy this and so MS will keep doing things like this over and over again. Vote with your wallets people!

puppygrinder
puppygrinder

is the demo going 2 be avaliable in australia?

Allbritt0n
Allbritt0n

I dont like VS mode neither. I'll stick to campaign.

Lostboy1224
Lostboy1224

Versus mode has lost its fun factor to me. In the 5 matches i played yesterday, there was only 1 team that would actually try to make it to the end of the level. Every other team would just sit in the safe room and not open the door for a long time, or open the safe room door and not come out. So matches just drag on for way longer then they need to and it comes down to people not wanting to play as the humans and just waste time.

Bandit24sc
Bandit24sc

I can't wait ! I still play at least 5 houra a month ! Can't for L4D2 also !

ollie2000000
ollie2000000

I dont mind paying give me a reason to go work :D

JukadoJensen
JukadoJensen

i think the point is to bridge the gap in the story between the two games, possibly these survivors bring the zombie disease with them to the south accidently?

xxxdmonsterxxx
xxxdmonsterxxx

yeah why would i pay for dlc if the beta's coming out like a week or two later? i agree with beatnuttz, not smart.

ThePedoBear
ThePedoBear

Like I have said many many times. PC > Xbox 360

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

Sweet, They are finally giving us some DLC for the original! Too bad we have to pay for it on the 360, but at least it's $7.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Friggin greedy. Why is it free for PC gamers and 360 players have to pay extra?! I call shenanigans.

beatnuttz
beatnuttz

Too late to make us pay for content, especially when L4D2 is coming out in 9 weeks or so. I have waited a year so far for a new coop campaign, so I can definitely wait a few additional weeks. Too late Valve/microsoft, especially charging for x box 360. Shame on your business pratcies

eltonwhite
eltonwhite

This is getting old as we already pay $50 a year for Live on top of our internet charge and we are paying $7 for free content. This is rediculous! Yet a ton of people will download and pay for this. I love this game and have it for the 360 and unfortunetly I will not be downloading it for this reason. I am accepting the fact that I am missing out on a portion of the game, but after upgrading and purchasing a $300 elite and then having to shell out $13 for a transfer cable and wait 7-10 days for it I have just had enough. I love my 360 and it is my system of choice, I probably spend 90% of my game time on it. Charging $7 for free content is just where I draw the line. I am sorry if this seems like venting, but I know they are a 4 profit company and they will take this as far as they can. I just hope people will start voting with there wallets so this will slow down. If it were $2.50 instead of $7 I would have bought is and been completely satisfied.

agturboninja
agturboninja

Can't wait for the DLC and the demo. If the demo of L4d2 can run on my PC, that is the first game I'm getting.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

KimCheeWarriorX i can kiss you everything you sed was just dead on ty for that

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

I wouldn't be surprised if the amount of players online, escalates dramatically (again) over the course of the next few weeks Hmm... I think I'll even get involved in a little witch bothering myself tonight

BloodMist
BloodMist

Ahh, Valve, the dev that keeps on giving, the shining example that the vast majority of devs and publishers DON'T follow.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

Me and a neighbor of mine (hardcore PS3 fanboy by far) were having a discussion regarding various properties that are free on PC and charged for on 360. Now I'm not happy with it but I'm content considering what the competition has to offer. Microsoft knows that they're the king of the hill when it comes to online community interaction with or without games involved. They also know that most people will pay for this content because they do their homework. While some complain about it, most are silently paying for this content because that's how badly they want it and Microsoft understands how demand works. Microsoft has always been getting heckled since the early days of their Windows OS, it's nothing new and it continues to this day. Everyone's an expert but no one really offers a solid solution insinuating that they can do a better job. Also, yes PSN's free but I've said it once and I'll say it again. Xbox Live is better, no sugar-coating, no cushioning, Xbox Live is a better put-together online community hands down. I use PSN from time to time on my PS3 and each time I use it, it makes me more appreciative of Xbox Live's services. No fanboy here, I just give credit where credit's due, doesn't make me a fanboy, I still play games on whatever console has the games I'm interested in at any given time.

YoungDab
YoungDab

You have to give this game shelf life baby,that means less money spent on DLC.That means you could create what fallout 3 created "DLC" Wise..CoMe On!!

YoungDab
YoungDab

Still only a few campaigns...................Even tho the campaigns were kinda long,I still felt kinda annoyed by the very few maps available to play on.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

The fact that the demo is coming out 28 Days Later just put this game on my radar. Zombie movie references FTW!!!

blasterchief
blasterchief

Will us Australians have access to the demo?

ZeroGravX
ZeroGravX

@lamprey263 - I agree. Had we seen this 4 or 5 months ago I would have been all over it. Now, I'm going to have to think real hard whether or not to get it because I'm getting L4D2 the day it comes out.

lamprey263
lamprey263

not sure if I'll get it or not, I wouldn't mind paying $7 for extra content, I'm only reluctant because I feel I wouldn't get much use out of it right before Left 4 Dead 2 comes out

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@ReysonBH Microsoft makes companies charge for stuff all the time when the developer really doesnt want to. It took work for the first L4D DLC to be free on 360.

1r3ap3r
1r3ap3r

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ReysonBH
ReysonBH

This makes me glad to have a pc, is Valve being forced to charge for the 360 content by Microsoft? This seems so unlike Gabe....

Alex_09
Alex_09

@joshboy101 Yeah? I might have to get it, I have the first two and am pretty sick of paying another 10 for another zombie level and 3 new maps. Hopefully 3 is the last one. As for Crash Course, I think I'll pass. I already like the old and survival maps, I don't need one more for 7 bucks.

venomdeo
venomdeo

I will be getting the CC DLC for L4D and Downloading the demo when it comes out.I also will be buying L4D 2 that is for dang sure.

xXmeatwad225Xx
xXmeatwad225Xx

@MetalStorm759: No you have to pay $7.00 for hours of great fun with your friends :D

Conniver
Conniver

L4D2 within a year? Where the hell is HL EP3!?!

MetalStorm759
MetalStorm759

WTF i thought they were going to make all their DLC's free. I dont hardly ever play L4D anymore and now i have to pay for 30 minutes of a new map? Forget that ill wait for L4D2.

fire2box
fire2box

I'll try the demo, it will decide if I want the game or not.

joshboy101
joshboy101

will probably download the demo....but cod 5 nazi zombies is enough for me...map pack 3 is amazing

Squall1113
Squall1113

so why should all us us 360 owners buy it? i mean the first DLC was free why not this one? plus its way to close to L4D2 to make us pay for it then go out and buy the next game sorry Valve but M$ is using you to screw us gamers over

mattg90520
mattg90520

i hate when writers use 'gratis' like theyre crazy cool or cultured. in the context, especially when i see it on here just annoys the hell out of me

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Lol...28 days later. Yeah yeah, I know, it's not technically a zombie movie.

djmillard2
djmillard2

lwl at the consolers who have to pay

CharlieFubar
CharlieFubar

on a side note... i think treyarch should just stick to making a full fledged nazi zombies game... they have done such a good job with it.

writer
writer

Just another reason why I love my PC :D Demo FTW!!!! Along with Teletubbies Mod + new map for next week = Best Week to play L4D!

TrueIori
TrueIori

no way i am dropping $65 for valve so called "sequel". i just wait for the mods i have the skins,maps, and almost everything the expansion errr sequel has. It also does not help that i already be playing MW2 by this time.

dentui
dentui

WOW. makes me want to invest a bit more money into a PC. Come on Microsoft, didn't you make enough money with ODST? I love the xbox but come on, these are difficult times and just about anything is worth money and more money. Would it kill you to set the DLC for free?