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Valve seeking community input for next Left 4 Dead 2 DLC

More Left 4 Dead 2 DLC is on its way, this time with considerable input from Valve's community. Yesterday, the studio admitted over its blog that it was late in updating its zombie-survival franchise, but that it was now ready to move forward with a fairly meaty DLC release, the contents of which will be refined by fans.

The unnamed DLC pack will contain 3 campaigns from Left 4 Dead that have yet to be ported to the sequel. It will also include a new community campaign entitled Cold Stream created by Matthew Lourdelet, whose previous L4D2 creation, 2 Evil Eyes, was well received by both Valve and players.

Explaining how it plans to bring Lourdelet's creation to the masses, Valve wrote:

“He recently shared it with us and we love it so far but it isn’t done. We were tempted to have him quietly finish it with our help and release it as part of an upcoming DLC. Tempted… but we decided against that. Instead, we think we have a better idea. We want you the community to be part of the process of taking his unfinished campaign and releasing it as DLC on the Xbox 360, PC and Mac.”

True to its word, Valve has set up a dedicated Cold Stream thread, and has promised to make the unfinished add-on available for playtesting in the next few weeks.

As for an ETA, Valve added that the L4D2 DLC will be ready when it's damn well ready (aka Valve time), but that it won't be available until after Portal 2.

[Source: Left 4 Dead Blog]

Feb 17, 2011 

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18 comments

  • Averagegamer18 - February 19, 2011 6:35 p.m.

    I agree with JayQ and Crypto140 every time I did play multiplayer or whatever online my experience was horrible, the only time I did have fun was when I wasn't saving my team and trust me I am not amazing at this game but I am pretty good; but i decided to never play online cause I couldn't stand it; as much as I love L4D2 I just can't stand online play
  • dburns - February 19, 2011 2:51 a.m.

    can the series come to ps3 please?
  • DarthShizNit - February 18, 2011 9:36 p.m.

    Darn it i want HL Episode 3. But good on valve for loving their fans
  • shotgunalchemist - February 18, 2011 6:17 a.m.

    Here's some input for the next Left 4 Dead 2 update... PUT IT ON PS3. I've been waiting 3 years to play Left 4 Dead and unless a 360 magically appears in my living room it looks like I'll be waiting a lot longer. That makes me a sad panda.
  • FOZ - February 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.

    The Combine conquered Earth in 7 hours. Not only does L4D have nothing to do with Half-Life, there's no need at all for them to bother with all that crap because they can conquer a planet in an afternoon.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - February 17, 2011 11:18 p.m.

    I'm glad they're brining the campaigns from L4D. I love Valve, but the first game was a lot better than L4D2.
  • celticsfan645 - February 17, 2011 10:25 p.m.

    What if the zombie virus was a way of the combine weakening the human population, before the invasion. The virus is used to thin out the population of no occupied planets, and when the combine lands, they use headcrabs so that their weapon is less likley to lead to any of their deaths.
  • Crypto140 - February 17, 2011 9:09 p.m.

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh great. Fan made DLC. Becasue we all know fan made stuff is cool, like if I made the Gears Of War movie, ohhh yes, becasue that would be so great. That was sarcasim. We don't want fan made stuff into a story, because they will muck it up, and say aliens are the cause of the zombie disease. Or it was becasue of Gorden Freeman. And also, I agree with db131 and JMAN1156, I tired of rage quitters and when they kick you becasue you don't have a mic, becasue after all we will talk pure strategy the whole time, I just don't put my mic in because I don't want to put up with my team. And also they suck at it.
  • renkun67 - February 17, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    Will there be dead children?
  • FOZ - February 17, 2011 8:35 p.m.

    I really prefer L4D1. L4D2 just has these big open areas where you get swarmed by zombies and there's no finesse to it, you just spam melee and shoot at everything. The characters are meh (Nick is boring, Rochelle is nearly non-existent), and the daytime setting campaigns have none of the nice lighting effects of L4D1. Anyway, my only suggestions aren't even related to this update, by which I mean: Stop with the half-assed mutations. Oh, this time the only enemies are Hunters! That's exciting! Now you only fight Boomers, but all you have are melee weapons, also Coach is on fire the entire campaign! We absolutely do not need L4D3. FFS get on with Half-Life 3 already. Portal 2 is fine, this DoTA 2 is not
  • DontMessWithMeImRunningOutOfPlacesToHideTheBodies - February 17, 2011 8:28 p.m.

    How about DLC where the L4D2 transport to the PS3...no okay? How about the crew deals with Zombies on a ship in the middle of the ocean. Or they have to hold position in an office building that turns out to be Valve studios? Maybe even some dlc that ties this to the Half-Life universe.
  • JayQ - February 17, 2011 8:23 p.m.

    the L4D franchise is "meh" at best, A lot needs to be added to the franchise before it can be called a "great" franchise. ADS would be welcomed but not a must, but better graphics IS a must both L4D and L4D2 look like crap, more variety in weapons, also...just skip multiplayer and make a much much longer story, L4D2's multiplayer is by far the worst and most unbalanced multiplayer i have ever played.
  • infernox - February 17, 2011 8:09 p.m.

    maybe on consoles you would needs ADS, but on pc its fine the way it is. fast paced games like this and tf2 dont need sights.
  • JMAN1156 - February 17, 2011 8:06 p.m.

    @db1331 And that's why you don't play l4d2. it's full of rage quitters and 5 year olds. All the hardcore people stayed in l4d.
  • db1331 - February 17, 2011 7:51 p.m.

    What's the point of new maps when you can barely finish the first chapter of the current ones without getting kicked back to the lobby because the entire other team rage quit?
  • Longnuts - February 17, 2011 7:29 p.m.

    I love Valve
  • Dethero - February 17, 2011 7:27 p.m.

    Awesome they WOULD create DLC after i sold the game cause im bored with it... Captcha: oysica Annalen
  • RonnyLive19881 - February 17, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    I just want L4D3 already! Imo L4D is the best franchise they have made! All they need to do is add ADS and it will be the HD consoles best franchise next to Deadly Premonition!

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