Left 4 Dead taking Crash Course DLC

Valve's survival horror zombie shooter gains new add-on pack this September; PC edition free, 360 download $7.

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Turning around sequels isn't exactly what Valve is known for, as evidenced by the gaps between the "episodic" installments in its company-defining Half-Life franchise. However, the Washington-based independent developer muddied that reputation at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, saying that a sequel to its survival horror zombie shooter Left 4 Dead would be available November 17, nearly a year to the day after the first installment shipped to a strong critical response.

Valve's first zombie shooter hasn't been Left 4 Dead yet.

With Left 4 Dead 2 just around the corner, Valve still has plans to support the original game with new downloadable content. Today, the company said that a new DLC pack titled Crash Course is expected to be available for the Xbox 360 and PC in September.

Sure to provoke the ire of Xbox Live gamers, the console edition of the pack will sell for $7 (MSP 560), while PC gamers will be able to download the pack for free. Valve released its first Left 4 Dead add-on, the Survival Pack, in April, giving it away to gamers on both platforms. The company had not responded to a request for comment on Crash Course's pricing as of press time.

Crash Course 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.

Discussion

184 comments
dipdish
dipdish

I bought L4D + Crash Course for only 14.99 $ on Steam.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

wow ppl complaneing about 7 bucks who cares thats pritty much free in my book 7 bucks is nothing 2 jobs here so let the good times roll

JOem316
JOem316

When is this releasing? They have an ad about playing this with Paramore tonite. Skip the Paramore, just give me the dlc. NEED ZOMBIES...NOW...

ollie2000000
ollie2000000

I wish they didnt give away the frying pan thing it would have been better to come across it oh well.

DarqKiller
DarqKiller

Good to see Valve is giving us a little something to hold us off 'till L4D2, I hope this'll shut the 11 year old boycottards up. Also, just to straighten this out a bit: Valve just barely got away with getting the Survival pack out for free, but Microsoft won't let them do it again (Being the money-hungry tards that they are) and their making the 360 users pay for this. Hell, MS charges what, $4 for theme packs that just make the dashboard looks nice? How are you people in any way surprised by this move? Ah well, I got the PC version, So I got nothin' to worry about.

cabbage100
cabbage100

lol good thing I have a PC copy of L4D ;P I hope Crash Course will be good. Knowing Valve though, it will be :D

0Aragorn0
0Aragorn0

Yay for PC users, but kinda crappy news for 360 players. It would be one thing if it was maybe $5, but the two dollar difference is enough to make me say I'll probably switch to PC. Thanks for making the choice that much easier M$!

feleas
feleas

Anyone know when Crash Course is coming out? It's September and I saw no mentioning of when in September it'll be up for download.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@ gearsrules my post exactly. If they're charging money, there had better be achievements, or M$(not Valve, since they're doing everything possible to keep it free) loses alot of rep in my book. But, other than that, Im siked for what this new campaign has got. Any new VS scenario is welcome, as the same 4 maps for a year straight start to get old... real old.

DiablosJester
DiablosJester

so u buy it play it for what 6 weeks and then go get the new game... meh pass

Demonic-Recon
Demonic-Recon

this is gonna be awsome , cant wait 8-) , i hate you guys for not bringing it out earlier , no fair ! lol 8-)

gearsrules
gearsrules

this better have achievements or else isn't worth the points and when exactly is the release date. September what?

hardassmofo
hardassmofo

sweet! this is an awesome game and now theres new DLC and L4D. valve have been busy 8)

Bandit24sc
Bandit24sc

Can't wait to plat it ! I have not played many other games since l4d came out .

ollie2000000
ollie2000000

Looks great but i hope they still fill in the gaps in left 4 dead like crash course which i cant wait for.

sagelund
sagelund

@FarmFreshDx The reason the survival pack was free was that VALVe wanted to release with the original game but didn't have the time. Microsoft has a policy one DLC so someone has to pay. VALVe payed microsoft money to release the survival pack for free. Now with this VALVe pretty much has to make Vbow 360 players pay, or lose a chunk of money paying for it themselfs. I really respect VALVe for paying themselfs for the survival pack. I'm sure many other companys would make you pay for it even if they had the same original intentions.

Xx_Hopless_xX
Xx_Hopless_xX

Looks great, can't wait..i'll definitely be pre-ordering this...

78thefly
78thefly

cant wait for this looks way better than the first :)

Misfit119
Misfit119

Wait... how do you STEAL something that's free? Are websites promoting illegal downloading of their own free games or is this some conspiracy that I'm just toally misunderstanding. Damn pirates ruining the PC game business by stealing free games.

Trogeton
Trogeton

YES.. getting 250 bucks by next week, PERFECT timing this content, left 4 dead 2 and more Keep it coming Love left 4 dead

Kougeru
Kougeru

nothing wrong with PCs,dexter...unless you don't know what you're doing, in which case you shouldn't do it.

dexter_safe
dexter_safe

im prolly really stupid for saying this but, u can't say pc without saying microsoft (software).........

partytimekegs
partytimekegs

Bahaha! I play on a PC and I get it for free. That is why PC stands for Perfect Console, right?

nickatcool
nickatcool

@samissleman17 Yes, this is indeed a campaign. All the other campaigns have there own poster and title, and not to mention Valve would NEVER try and rip you off, thats why i respect them!

Bardock47
Bardock47

This= about 30 minutes of new action for seven bucks. OR Fallout 3 Mothership Zeta: Most likely at least an hour and probly a few longer if you count getting everything and all acheivments for 10$ I'm not liking this deal. I can get around 2 hours of enertainment for 7bucks at a movie theater.

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

So if it's truly Microsoft's fault, why is they didn't make them charge for the Survival Pack? Something's hinkey. Valve also said they would not charge for DLC in an interview, so this is frustrating. $7 is a fair price compared to what many companies have been doing, but it's still a little suspicious.

the_monkey_god
the_monkey_god

I dont mind paying for it as long as its good. And I mean good as in not just another lighthouse map!

jessmaster13
jessmaster13

It sucks that M$ makes companies charge, although some like charging

sequekhan
sequekhan

Microsoft can have their costs on everything, PC has always been my preference.

searingSKITSO
searingSKITSO

i hear you buff daddy. as a 360 owner it realy sux to have to pay money for extra stuff that should just be a free "thanks for buying our game". on the other hand, i dont realy care beacuse i knew befor l4d even came out that i would be getting it for the pc instead of the xbox. i played both versions, just to be sure, even on my md end rig l4d looks better than on the 360. if you want the full experience of owning a valve game you need to own that game on valve's platform of choice. the pc.

xKrayZee
xKrayZee

And also, "million cry babies"? You haven't been playing games since the 90s, yes?

xKrayZee
xKrayZee

buffdaddy69, Valve is always for PC and you should blame Microsoft for charging real money on every recent map pack, theme packs and pretty pictures. Valve never intended a price tag for the Xbox 360 version since Team Fortress 2 updates, or ever.

brian_13un
brian_13un

Great because PC have lot of benefits

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

Valve has to give me a good reason to dish out 7 bucks for ONE mission. Dont get me wrong, I wasn't one of the million cry babies complaining about L4D 2 because I know the gameplay and the AI Director is going to be better then the current one. But c'mon...Free on the PC and not the 360? I call blasphemy on this one. Dont give me that "Well, poeple are gonna steal it on the PC anyway" How exactly are they going to be able to steal CONTENT THAT YOU DOWNLOAD FROM VALVE/STEAM when Steam only takes credit cards?

Fodpea
Fodpea

I'm not even going to get it anyway

fooltoast
fooltoast

The only reason its free on PC is because people will steal it anyway. That's the problem with consoles, have to pay for sh!t, even if it's worth it.

arroz
arroz

i agree with Treassader that charging for this is likely Microsoft's decision. it does seem a little fishy that Valve announced the release of this expansion after all the whining about L4D2. this is one of the most replayable games ever, so everybody who thinks Valve is ripping you off somehow is delusional.

konradak
konradak

I wonder why it's coming out so late. Weird. Hope it's good tho :D

Treassader
Treassader

I'm sure this is Microsoft's decision, not Valve's.

samissleman17
samissleman17

can someone let me know, is this an entire campaign? like 5 maps, or is it just 1? if its a whole campaign its worth it imo. But I'm getting L4D 2 and eventually this should be free so I'll wait.

Eliytres420
Eliytres420

@bonafidetk "Valve notes that the heart of the DLC is the Crash map in Versus mode, which is expected to take 30 minutes to complete." That's 1 map out of the entire campaign, making it longer than other L4D campaigns. And if I'm wrong..then Xbox gamers like myself will be charged $7 for 1 map. Unlikely, but possible.

TripSe7en
TripSe7en

Oh great, here is more cannon fodder for all the "Free-Tards" out there to complain about! No one is forcing you to pay for anything, if you do not see value in it, then don't buy it.

payne6705
payne6705

I don't understand it people b*tch when there was no content coming out for Left 4 dead 1 because "valve promised DLC and never delivered" but when Valve annouces DLC people b*tch that its too late IMO its never too late to have good DLC and I will happily buy it for 560 points which is the cheapest add-on I have seen in a long time (usually they run for 800 points)

Duke_51
Duke_51

@ dortega120 I guess that's just the lowest price Valve could squeeze out of Microsoft on DLC. How many other DLC's have you seen priced for $7? Most of them are usually 800 points. Anyways, I'll be getting on PC so... :D

dortega120
dortega120

@ Excedra FTW means For The Win. And I agree it is a little too late. In that case the new map should be included in Left 4 Dead 2. I always thought that bigger was better anyway. And $7 for DLC on 360, when I can get it free on PC. There better be a good explanation behind that quirky decision.

Excedra
Excedra

Man, Valve should have released this months after the first L4D. Why now? Why so late? Left 4 Dead 2 was announced so i guess its too late for that. plus, the 360 DLC charges $7 while the pc version is free. both systems are microsoft owned anyway . I have a question thats off topic but im really curious. What does "FTW" mean??