L4D Crash Course

l4dccNo it’s not a training program for suckass noobs, it is recently announced DLC for Left 4 Dead coming Sept. for both PC and XBox360. The download will cost you $0 on PC and 560 points($7.50) on the 360.

The DLC is essentially a new story/multiplayer map that ties the events between NO MERCY and DEATH TOLL. Not to be mistaken for just another map, this add-on will come complete with story elements and voice work by the original cast.

Full Press Release:

August 4, 2009- Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as /Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress,/ and /Counter-Strike/) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the next major downloadable content (DLC) update for its co-operative zombie thriller, /Left 4 Dead /(L4D)/, /the #1 new game title on Xbox 360 and PC in 2008

Entitled “Crash Course,” the latest DLC delivers new single-player, multiplayer and co-operative gameplay to both platforms. Targeted for release in September, “Crash Course” bridges the gap between the end of the “No Mercy” campaign and the beginning of “Death Toll” in the original game, expanding the game universe with new locations, new dialogue from the original cast, and an explosive finale.

While containing both Survival maps and a Co-operative Campaign, the primary goal of “Crash” is to deliver a complete Versus mode experience in just 30 minutes, resulting in a streamlined version of the game’s
existing Versus campaigns. A recharge timer for infected teammates has also been added, and item spawn behavior has changed for more balanced gameplay.

“Since the release of /Left 4 Dead/ last November, the design team has been excited about creating new experiences for this world and allowing players to do the same, by releasing much of our internal toolset, like the Survival Pack and Authoring Tools,” said Gabe Newell. “We’re working with the fans toward the ongoing entertainment value of the product.”

/Left 4 Dead/ is an action horror game from Valve that blends the social entertainment experience of multiplayer games such as /Counter-Strike/ and /Team Fortress/ with the dramatic, narrative experience made popular in single player action game classics such as the /Half-Life /series of games. Released in November of 2008, L4D has earned over 50 industry awards from outlets around the world and sold almost 3 million copies worldwide.

Left 4 Dead: Crash Course is targeted for release in September and will be available free of charge on the PC and for 560 Gamer points on Xbox Live.