E3 09: Left 4 Dead 2

New gameplay footage and details on Left 4 Dead 2 continue to roll in as E3 presses on. Here’s everything we know so far about Valve’s sequel to last year’s multiplayer zombie murder-thon.

 Left 4 Dead 2 will move the zombie apocalypse to the southeastern states of the US. According to Valve, the game’s new campaigns will have you traveling through Savannah, Georgia and the bayou country with a climax in New Orleans’ French Quarter.

But don’t expect to see the last of the original survivors. There will be elements in the new plot that drop hints on what happened to original four: Louis, Bill, Francis and Zoey. We’ve also heard that the game’s plot will focus more on connecting the events in each of the individual campaigns this time around.

Above: Unlike the original, Left 4 Dead 2 will mostly take place during the day 

Above: Still, it’s clear that some areas will still take you through dark corridors like the original 

 The four new survivors are Nick, Ellis, Rochelle and Coach. Expect more details on all four in the August issue of PC Gamer, which should be hitting newsstands on June 23. Here’s what we know about two of the new characters so far. The woman with the baseball bat on the far right in the image below is Rochelle. She’s a cable news anchor and will be on the scene of the apocalypse, “DOING IT LIVE!” The burly man in the middle is Coach. He’s a high school PE teacher – and according to the trailer, he’s “a praying man.” But obviously, he’ll need to “pray harder.”

Above: Coach is wielding the chainsaw, while Rochelle stands ready with a baseball bat. You can find out more in the August issue of PC Gamer 

 Expect melee weapons to play a larger role in Left 4 Dead 2. So far, an axe, chainsaw, frying pan, and baseball bat have been confirmed. Check out the videos below for footage of the melee weapons shown so far and some quick gameplay footage that’ll give you an idea for the new look and feel of the sequel.

Above: Save ammo by making heads ring with the new frying pan

Above: Dismember the horde with a bloody axe

Above: Set zombies on fire with some hot ammo

Above: Find shelter in the new safehouse

Above: A deadly garden maze

Above: No smoking in the kitchen!

 Of course, not everyone’s happy about the recently announced sequel. In fact, many fans feel jilted. Should Valve have been producing more patches and updates for the first Left 4 Dead instead of working on a sequel all this time? Should they have been focusing on following up on their recently released Survival Mode DLC with even larger updates like they’ve been doing with Team Fortress 2? And where the heck is Half-Life 2: Episode 3? What do you think? Does Left 4 Dead 2 indicate that Valve’s got their priorities mixed up? Weigh in by posting your comments below.

Above: The new Left 4 Dead 2 trailer. When you saw it, were you happy like us? Or did it just make you mad?

Jun 4, 2009

E3 09: Left 4 Dead 2 announced
4 new survivors and 5 new campaigns. Get all the details in the August issue of PC Gamer

Turn Left 4 Dead into a comedy
Kill some time with these absurd mods, skins, and maps


Left 4 Dead cast to appear in music game
See the new funky faces of Francis, Bill, Zoey and Louis in MEVO & the Grooveriders

Join the Discussion
Add a comment (HTML tags are not allowed.)
Characters remaining: 5000
  • magicman_88 - June 9, 2009 7:22 p.m.

    Looks amazing. I don't think Valve have done the wrong thing at all.
  • legory - June 8, 2009 4:05 p.m.

    To everyone saying numbers in their titles for what Left 4 Dead 2 should be, it's 4 for a reason. There are four survivors. If it was like '2' it would only be two survivors. Not very fun, huh? Well, I'm totally amped for this game. I loved the original! It just sucks that my brother sold L4D
  • damunsta - June 6, 2009 3:25 a.m.

    Cant wait L4D was one of my favorite games ever and this one looks even better
  • RedOutlive10 - June 6, 2009 1:10 a.m.

    I had mixed feelings about L4D2, but then I don't think it's Valve milking their customers, they have a lot of credibility compared to most developers, and they bought the original game from turtlerock studios or something like that. I believe they'll greatly improve the game, I'll be buying this thing.
  • Dill - June 6, 2009 1:02 a.m.

    Does it say I submitted that comment 11 months and 30 days ago! What a bug! I'm on the brink of loling.
  • Dill - June 6, 2009 1:01 a.m.

    You know, I'm excited, but I'm really disappointed that they're going to have 2 games in a single series released within one year, but I'm still waiting on Episode 3 after almost two years. Nonetheless, however, I love Valve and their games.
  • Bloodstorm - June 5, 2009 11:21 p.m.

    I'm middle road on this one. I liked the first L4D, but like portal, didn't see it as the hit everyone said it was. Killing zombies is fun, but never once did i get that gut wrenching feeling you should get from a zombie game. it wasn't scary. it was a good run and gun shooter, but wasn't scary. the lack of plot also made it lackluster in my eyes. i like narrative. I also hated all the times they warn you that when you activate this the horde was going to come, instead of making it a surprise, they tell you to brace yourself. would have made it much scarier if they didn't do that. plus, the safe houses ruined the mood. you make it to a safe house and it place the little jingle, killing the feeling of helplessness you just got while trying to get there. So, if they can improve largely on the first (which from what I've seen, they haven't) then i will give it a go. if its just L4D again, then i pass. I don't play the first one enough to warrant the purchase of the second.
  • Schmegeggi - June 5, 2009 10:55 p.m.

    All of you haters should try to remember that Valve is actually one of the good guys. They make consitently outstanding content for the PC, a platform that is poorly supported by other developers and publishers. I am very happy to hear that L4D2 is coming at all. The fact that its coming soon is awesome and they will have my $50 for this and I am looking forward to anything else they produce in the future.
  • sage62 - June 5, 2009 9:05 p.m.

    Well, frankly it looks like the same game with improvements, mainly the addition of melee weapons, but looking at the new cast of characters (even though I'm glad I now share a name with Nick), I can't help but like the old group more, obviously the game hasn't come out yet and little to nothing is known about them, but at first glance I prefer Bill, Francis, Louis and Zoey. To be honest, I think they should have both games parallell one another, it's obvious some people will prefer the setting or characters to the first one over the second, so patch in melee weapons and all the other improvements so people can choose which one they want to play
  • yoreAtowel - June 5, 2009 7:50 p.m.

    they should have just taken all the new content on lfd2 and just made it patches, updates for lfd. AND WHERE IS HALF LIFE EP3???????
  • Loraxxe - June 5, 2009 6:47 p.m.

    Keep in mind, the dev teams for HL2 and L4D are completely different. Portal too, I think. Yeah, L4D2 should really just be an expansion. This seems like a way to make some quick cash since Ep.3 keeps getting delayed, but it's not going to work. As someone else said, everyone who wants to play this sort of game already has L4D1, and most aren't going to buy L4D2 until it drops to $30 or even $20. As for Ep.3, I fear they may have run into DNF-like issues: the game gets delayed enough for some reason or another that a completely new engine is deemed necessary. Personally, I think VALVe's incomparable texture artists and animators make up for the age of Source as far as immersion and realism go, but this may be a minority opinion.
  • CountZero - June 5, 2009 2:34 p.m.

    It seems like such a weird move. Why bother with a distinct sequel when they could just keep building on the original forever? If it's about money, i'm sure any L4D fan would be perfectly happy to pay for all the new stuff in DLC form, as an addon to the existing game. And i'm super disappointed that we won't be able to play Francis, Zoey, Bill and Louis in the new campaigns. I'm glad they're adding new survivors, but I was hoping we'd be able to play any of the survivors in any combination in any campaign.
  • VMPSaberwolf - June 5, 2009 11:25 a.m.

    I mentioned in another post how I felt about L4D2. To summarize, I don't feel jipped about them working on L4D2 when they could have been patching 1. Let me ask this...How many other companies work on a sequel after the first game is released?...Many. L4D was a cheap but fun game that I bought for 19.99, for that price tag, I definately got my use out of the game. Valve even added free DLC after a while, which was a nice bonus. For the price, I think the amount of content was good. Now, seperating that from only concern is that their full price tag will "jip" people. I am hoping that the content is much more than what was in L4D. Adding a few more weapons or special infected doesn't warrant a $30 increase in price in my opinion. As new/more information is released, I hope to hear that there will be MANY more maps, MANY more weapons, MANY more features, MANY more game types, etc to warrant a $30 hike. Okay, that wasn't a summary like a promised, but there you go.
  • gdd411 - June 5, 2009 5:43 a.m.

    this isnt ecactly a new game more like a fresh coat of paint for l4d im not exactly sure that i want to shell out another 60 dollars for what pretty much looks like the same game this really should just be like a maybe 20 dollar add on to the old game
  • zebonair - June 5, 2009 3:55 a.m.

    looks exciting. though it's strange seeing the zombie infestation on my beloved New Orleans landmarks.
  • game_over - June 5, 2009 2:54 a.m.

    Why does JonnyMaverick's post take up so much space?
  • JohnnyMaverik - June 5, 2009 2:31 a.m.

    Should Valve have been producing more patches and updates for the first Left 4 Dead instead of working on a sequel all this time? Yes Should they have been focusing on following up on their recently released Survival Mode DLC with even larger updates like they’ve been doing with Team Fortress 2? Yes And where the heck is Half-Life 2: Episode 3? Good question What do you think? The above and below gives you a pretty good guess. Does Left 4 Dead 2 indicate that Valve’s got their priorities mixed up? In the short term, yes. In the long term, hopefully not. I sincerly hope this is a one off move from Valve since they are a beacon of customer service and care in this industry which far too often forgets, or simply doesnt give a damn about its customers. All the minor gameplay changes, improvements to the AI director, and even additional charaters would have been best served as additions to the origional left 4 dead, therefore serving the customers and fans, and not milking them for profit. This game wont be much better than the first, and having looked at many gameplay trailers, in some ways it doesnt quite live up to the first. Valve have always given their games and the players a massive ammount of care with patches and improvements in the past and sequils have always been a while in waiting, but also always make vast and numerious improvements, Left 4 Dead 2 means l4d will not be serviced with the amount of updates as Valve PROMISED its customers, and the short time between the 2 games means that it is extremely unlikely to be a vast improvement on the first, and maybe no real improvement atall, just a bit different. All this leads me to worry about how Valve may be changing in their approach to development and customer service, and how this will effect the fans of their work in the future.
  • GrantG - June 5, 2009 1:45 a.m.

    this look awesome! the anti-spam words are "man candles" :D
  • _D-Man_ - June 5, 2009 1:27 a.m.

    I find nothing wrong with them making a number 2 and working on DLC for number 1. It has endless replay value so some buyers of number 1 might not even bu number 2.
  • boxcar44 - June 5, 2009 1:22 a.m.

    or instead of Left 4 Dead 2 Left 4 dead Pt 2 or no number...Left 4 Dead: Apocalypse i dont know i dont like the "2" in it though