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Valve rewarding Left 4 Dead 2 playtesters (and everyone else) with early-release DLC

Valve's upcoming Cold Stream DLC for Left 4 Dead 2 aims to take the company's long history of community interaction to a new level – with a campaign, first begun by modders, being subsequently built and refined out in the community. Now that the DLC's nearing completion, it's only fitting that the community be involved in the testing process – so Valve has asked PC players to jump into the new maps and rack up as many completions as possible for stress-testing and bug-hunting. And the results were so successful, some of that DLC's being released ahead of time as a reward.

Valve's challenge to players: if 20,000 people earn the Stream Crosser achievement (which conveniently entails playing the Cold Stream campaign to completion) by Sunday July 10, players get the DLC's Dead Air map – one of the last L4D maps yet to be ported to the sequel – early. That task turned out to take players four hours. At time of writing, more than 60,000 players have hit the target.

“This is a great stress test on Cold Stream,” Valve effused via its Left 4 Dead Blog, assuring players that as promised, Dead Air would be dropping July 22 “at the latest.” There's still plenty of testing to be done on Cold Stream – the campaign's rich in graphical bugs to be caught and ironed out – so Valve encourages players to keep on testing until Sunday. Cold Stream can be accessed from the UI of the PC version of Left 4 Dead 2. Have you given it a shot?

 Jul 7, 2011

12 comments

  • Jedipimp0712 - July 8, 2011 3:04 p.m.

    @hammerburst & HankVenture whenever valve releases some DLC ffor their games, on PC its 100% free. then it takes time for them to port it to the 360, which costs money, which i dont think is something on the top of their list to do when they just came out with Portal 2 (and im sure are working on more levels for that), and we absolutely positively know they are working on the next half life. i have a feeling they will show screens and videos for it when its ready. or they may wait until next gen. who knows? only valve. exactly why i am going to college, so i can work for them. ha ha also, Hank, your right. valve started on PC, so they are going to cater to their original community first.
  • HankVenture - July 8, 2011 1:20 p.m.

    @hammerburst I am pretty sure we will be seeing this DLC as well, like 99% sure, they are just letting the PC community playtest it because they love them more than us, and that's ok.
  • Austin_SJ - July 8, 2011 8:41 a.m.

    I've played Cold Stream through a few times now, and it's great to see the changes that have been put in over time. Hopefully this design process will enable Valve to see what the players really want from a level.
  • Hammerburst - July 8, 2011 6:11 a.m.

    I'm wondering if this is to be a pure PC release, or will we mere console gamers get a piece of the action also?
  • ZigzMagoo - July 8, 2011 5:05 a.m.

    Bungie, Creative Assemblies, DICE, all great developers
  • Jusin - July 8, 2011 3:07 a.m.

    Are any more DLC coming out on the 360?
  • HankVenture - July 8, 2011 2:33 a.m.

    I wish I had a computer to run L4D2 as well.. I LOVE mods and just want that ability (ps give us the best mods on consoles PLZ) ps Valve has released how many DLCs in comparison to Black Ops.. yea Valve is the best in game play and when it comes to understanding gamers
  • Defguru7777 - July 8, 2011 2:27 a.m.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm all for a game company taking as long as it needs to make a game. But when you promise episodic content, it shouldn't take this long for them to release more than two pieces of concept art for Episode 3. *mumbles quietly to itself*
  • Hobojedi - July 8, 2011 2:12 a.m.

    Cold Stream is turning out to become one of the better L4D2 maps.
  • hester2 - July 8, 2011 1:44 a.m.

    I would say Bungie falls into that category, too, Vitreosity. I don't even like Halo (not a fanboy thing, I just always preferred Battlefield and Tom Clancy over the more arcade shooters), but I'm willing to recognize that they were great to their fans. As long as they keep churning out perfection, I could care less if Valve takes their sweet time. Half-Life 3 can come out when it's ready and not a second earlier.
  • Vitreosity - July 8, 2011 1:29 a.m.

    I don't give a crap about what people say about Valve Time. Valve is the best developer is the best developer ever. They seem to be the only one that doesn't care about money, and the only ones 100% concerned with pleasing customers even after they buy their games.
  • Tymiegie - July 8, 2011 12:35 a.m.

    I wish my PC was good enough for me to have purchased Left 4 Dead 2 on it. Alas, I have to make do with my still-excellent 360 copy, but being a part of the testing process would have been cool.

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