Valve confirms Left 4 Dead to get ‘Survival’ DLC

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Valve have finally dropped some details on the first lot of downloadable content for their co-op zombie apocolypse sim Left 4 Dead. Here’s the official word from Valve on what we can expect:

“The first Left 4 Dead downloadable content – called the Left 4 Dead Survival Pack — is due for release this spring and introduces a new multiplayer game mode entitled, Survival, plus two complete campaigns for Versus Mode,” say the developers. “A Critic’s Choice Edition of the game will be heading to retail stores this spring and will include access to all the content introduced in the L4D: Survival Pack.”

Although they don’t specify, it’s likely that the two new Versus Campaigns will be Dead Air and Death Toll which are currently unavailable to play on that mode. We can only guess at what Survival mode will entail.

It gets even better for gamers playing Left 4 Dead on PC : “The first Left 4 Dead release for the Source Software Development Kit (Source SDK) will allow the creation of custom Left 4 Dead campaigns that will be discoverable via L4D’s matchmaking system.” The SDK update is also due this spring and will be free of charge to all owners of the full PC game.

Since Half-Life launched in 1998, Valve has made continuous efforts to expand the offering of its products beyond what’s included on the day of launch,” said big boss Gabe Newell. “With Half-Life and Counter-Strike, and more recently Team Fortress 2, we’ve learned that we’re no longer making stand-alone games but creating entertainment services.

“With Left 4 Dead we’re extending that tradition by creating additional gameplay and releasing our internal tools to aspiring developers so they may also create and distribute new Left 4 Dead experiences.”

We’re still awaiting details of pricing and the exact release date, but it looks like the best game of 2008 is about to get better!