Meet the survivors of Left 4 Dead’s arcade game

Left 4 Dead Survivors still takes place in the United States, but features mostly Japanese survivors.

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Valve and Taito, a subsidiary of Square Enix, are currently collaborating on Left 4 Dead Survivors, a version of Left 4 Dead redesigned for Japanese arcades. We’ve seen brief glimpses of the game before, but now we know that it will not feature the groups of four from Left 4 Dead or Left 4 Dead 2, but an entirely new cast of survivors.

The game will still take place in the United States, but the characters are seemingly designed to appeal to a Japanese audience. According to Arcade Heroes, Kudo Yusuke is a Japanese university student visiting the U.S. when the outbreak starts, as is Haruka Hirose, a Japanese high school student, and Kirishima Sara, a travel guide. And then there’s Blake Jordan, the token American and hotel bartender who previously served in the Navy.

In 2006, Taito released Half-Life 2: Survivor for Japanese arcades. As you can see in this video, it added flashing arrows that point you in the right direction, points, and other elements that would complement a quicker arcade experience.

If you’re waiting on a proper Left 4 Dead sequel, there’s good reason to believe that one is on the way. According to Counter-Strike co-creator Minh Le, Left 4 Dead 3 is in development and is coming along well.

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Discussion

26 comments
mikees1
mikees1

In the old days games came out in the arcade first then ported to home devices (anyone remember operation Wolf and Thunderbolt?) After. Now I think the reverse is true. I only see games in arcades now that I played a few years ago.

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

Arcade machines are undead of gaming that is why they are still alive.

senorbusyman
senorbusyman

i wouldnt mind paying yens to play that but i know an arcade near me that has japanese style arcade games so maybe theyll get one like they did with hal life arcade

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

Some players noted the price—namely, that 300 yen (around $3), gets you 15 minutes of play. To continue, you can insert another 100 yen ($1) for another 270 seconds. lolll wow f that

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

This is something id like to play at some point {i still love going to the arcade}

Jd1680a
Jd1680a

How many quarters do you think it will take to finish this game?

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I kinda want to play this version of the game....come on I just wanna see a Japanese girl in her school uniform tear up some zombies....LOL

I wonder though if the loose narrative is the same as the standard version or if they're going all in appealing to the Japanese gamers.....

gottago42
gottago42

The Japanese version survivers will be a bunch metro-sexual purple/silver haired dudes and some women dress in school girl/sailor moon outfits

Blk_Mage_Ctype
Blk_Mage_Ctype

So basically, it's just a localized version of Left 4 Dead with Japanese survivors in place of the usual American ones, and it has waypoints to help players know where to go?

Mraou
Mraou

The Japanese will probably think it's some antisocial western game.

nero3068
nero3068

There should be zombie GODZILLA in the end!!

strangelove_1
strangelove_1

If the world had more doctors and less police and lawyers the world would be a much better place. I guess society has not yet evolved so far...

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

Of course, a highschool student.


Japan, I like what you do and stuff, but can you PLEASE refrain from constantly adding schoolgirls into zombie apocalypse media in a shoe-horned fashion?

It was bad enough with Highschool of the Dead.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

for controls I see a mouse and something that looks like the Wii Nunchuck

Henninger
Henninger

@BillyColeman Damn really that ain't worth it. I wonder if they'll port it over as dlc. or put in the next Left 4 Dead as a bonus (wishful thinking with the greed of the video game companies today).

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

@gottago42 Jeez you sounded so smart there :P i guess the NA ver was all Army guys shooting zombies right? pfff

June-GS
June-GS

@DanielL5583  Sorry, but there HAS to be a hot teenage schoolgirl (or person). No lesser occupation in the world can possibly prepare you better, either as a post-apocalypse survivor or a superhero that will eventually save the world.