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Left 4 Dead 2 DLC "Passing" To 360 And PC Early 2010

Bill!

 Pretty sure this will be part of the new campaign.
Left 4 Dead 2's first DLC pack sadly won't focus on the Midnight Riders, as I'd hoped, but it will hook you up with those fine survivors from the original game. It's called "The Passing" and it's due out in Spring of 2010. Here's the word, straight from Valve.  

Dubbed "The Passing," the first game add-on for L4D2 brings the original Left 4 Dead (L4D1) Survivors down south for a meeting with the L4D2 cast, while delivering new single-player, multiplayer and co-operative gameplay for the PC and Xbox 360. 

Targeted for release in early spring, "The Passing" takes place just after the Dead Center campaign of L4D2. Set in a small town in rural Georgia, players assume the role of the L4D2 Survivors as they meet with the L4D1 characters. 

In addition to the new co-operative campaign and associated narrative, "The Passing" will include new arenas for Survival, Versus and Scavenge mode and introduce a new co-operative challenge mode of play. The Passing will also include a new "uncommon common" zombie class, melee weapon, and firearm.

"The Passing will become the most important campaign in the Left 4 Dead story, as all the Survivors are being called together in one campaign," said Doug Lombardi, VP of marketing at Valve. "It will also be a huge offering of new gameplay content, with something new for every game mode plus a new uncommon common and weaponry."   

 
I'm a little surprised this episode is set after Dead Center, which places it near the beginning of the Left 4 Dead 2 timeline and not after it, as you might expect. So you have to imagine nothing too terrible is going to happen to our intrepid heroes like Coach and Ellis, since they'll need to go on and participate in the game's four subsequent campaigns. 
 
I would've liked to see what happens after the end of the game, but then again, I will in no way argue with a significant piece of new content for this game. How about you? Excited to see Louis and Bill again? Ready to (presumably) fork over for a new campaign? Brad Shoemaker on Google+
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Posted by Brad
 Pretty sure this will be part of the new campaign.
Left 4 Dead 2's first DLC pack sadly won't focus on the Midnight Riders, as I'd hoped, but it will hook you up with those fine survivors from the original game. It's called "The Passing" and it's due out in Spring of 2010. Here's the word, straight from Valve.  

Dubbed "The Passing," the first game add-on for L4D2 brings the original Left 4 Dead (L4D1) Survivors down south for a meeting with the L4D2 cast, while delivering new single-player, multiplayer and co-operative gameplay for the PC and Xbox 360. 

Targeted for release in early spring, "The Passing" takes place just after the Dead Center campaign of L4D2. Set in a small town in rural Georgia, players assume the role of the L4D2 Survivors as they meet with the L4D1 characters. 

In addition to the new co-operative campaign and associated narrative, "The Passing" will include new arenas for Survival, Versus and Scavenge mode and introduce a new co-operative challenge mode of play. The Passing will also include a new "uncommon common" zombie class, melee weapon, and firearm.

"The Passing will become the most important campaign in the Left 4 Dead story, as all the Survivors are being called together in one campaign," said Doug Lombardi, VP of marketing at Valve. "It will also be a huge offering of new gameplay content, with something new for every game mode plus a new uncommon common and weaponry."   

 
I'm a little surprised this episode is set after Dead Center, which places it near the beginning of the Left 4 Dead 2 timeline and not after it, as you might expect. So you have to imagine nothing too terrible is going to happen to our intrepid heroes like Coach and Ellis, since they'll need to go on and participate in the game's four subsequent campaigns. 
 
I would've liked to see what happens after the end of the game, but then again, I will in no way argue with a significant piece of new content for this game. How about you? Excited to see Louis and Bill again? Ready to (presumably) fork over for a new campaign?
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Posted by RHCPfan24

That is some tagline there, Brad. Really, bravo.

Posted by dbz1995

Interesting idea for DLC.

Posted by wolf_blitzer85

Huh what a clever way to get me to want to buy left 4 dead 2 now. I wanted it eventually, but this just makes it seem so....right.

Posted by CaptainObvious

PEEELZ HERE!

Posted by Bishop113

They better not charge for this garbage.

Posted by AjayRaz

looks pretty cool. kind of makes me want to go out and buy it right now (after playing the demo, and realizing how much i love L4D, this might make it a must buy) 

Posted by ZeroCast
@Bishop113 said:

" They better not charge for this garbage. "

Since you're already calling it garbage you might as well not get it right?
Posted by PDC_Emulator

Giggity
 
I'm assuming they wont be charging for this on the PC, since TF2 has been getting free updates since forever, and they added survival and the Crash Course DLC on L4D for the price of...
 
ON THE HOUSE!

Posted by Scooper

PEEEEEEEEEEEEELZ!!

Posted by GreggD
@ZeroCast said:
" @Bishop113 said:

" They better not charge for this garbage. "

Since you're already calling it garbage you might as well not get it right? "
And, how. This guy doesn't deserve it, if that's his attitude.
Posted by zudthespud

I'm only interested if you can play as the originals in the rest of the campaign.  
 
Also, does this suggest the new campaign will be 8 player? I doubt it considering it's left 4 dead, not left 8 dead but still one can dream.

Posted by TheMustacheHero

I wonder what will happen to the old survivors if it's set after the first campaign, obviously they didn't stick around too long...hopefully they don't die..D:

Posted by JudgeDread
@Bishop113 said:

" They better not charge for this garbage. "

@PDC_Emulator said:

" Giggity I'm assuming they wont be charging for this on the PC, since TF2 has been getting free updates since forever, and they added survival and the Crash Course DLC on L4D for the price of...  ON THE HOUSE! "

 Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing is targeted for release in early spring for the PC and Xbox 360. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

http://store.steampowered.com/news/3237/
I would not be surprised if they charged for the DLC. They seem to be leaning towards charging for content more and more. They even charged full-price for what should have been an expansion to L4D1
Posted by FuzzYLemoN

God, L4D1 really has been left for dead.
See what I did there?

Posted by TonicBH
@JudgeDread said:
Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing is targeted for release in early spring for the PC and Xbox 360. Pricing will be announced closer to launch. http://store.steampowered.com/news/3237/ I would not be surprised if they charged for the DLC. They seem to be leaning towards charging for content more and more. They even charged full-price for what should have been an expansion to L4D1 "
(facepalm)
 
I have no words. Valve always gives out content for their games for free. Unless you're a 360 owner, you won't pay a dime.
Posted by MarkWahlberg

 WILL THE IDENTITY OF CHICAGO TED BE REVEALED?!

Posted by ajamafalous
@JudgeDread said:
" They even charged full-price for what should have been an expansion to L4D1 "
ZING!
Posted by mthe1337one

wonder how this'll play out when playing VS.  does this mean 8v8 in the versus campaign? =P

Posted by Bishop113
@ZeroCast: Of course not, why would I pay to have four old characters, another half hour campaign and a couple weapons. It's hilarious that everyone saw this coming the moment they announced L4D2, if it's paid DLC then Valve can go to hell. L4D2 alone is bullshit, but yes, let us all stand by and let valve turn into Infinity ward, EA or any other money grubbing pile of snobs out there.
 
If it's free, neato.
Posted by Dan_CiTi

I can't wait to see the character interactions.

Posted by GeneralTurkle

PEELS!

Posted by Diamond
@TonicBH said:
@JudgeDread said:
Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing is targeted for release in early spring for the PC and Xbox 360. Pricing will be announced closer to launch. http://store.steampowered.com/news/3237/ I would not be surprised if they charged for the DLC. They seem to be leaning towards charging for content more and more. They even charged full-price for what should have been an expansion to L4D1 "
(facepalm)  I have no words. Valve always gives out content for their games for free. Unless you're a 360 owner, you won't pay a dime.
Personally I've been wondering if they would start charging for DLC on the PC for a while.  The key point is they used to call their free updates 'updates', not 'DLC'...  I don't think we can count on anything at this point, but I hope it's free, because I won't be paying either way.
Posted by Fearsome121

I do hope this DLC will be free on the pc. I've loved valve's business plan for the longest time and if they start becoming more and more like EA or *shudder* Activision i will be deeply saddened. Tha fact that they're taking their sweet time on episode 3 gives me hope.

Posted by cinemandrew
@Bishop113 said:
" They better not charge for this garbage. "
The good news is, if they do decide to charge for it, then you can just not buy it and never have to worry about playing this "garbage".
Posted by Death_Burnout

Dude Awesome!

Posted by Undesired

Do we see a L4D vs L4D2 here? Bill vs Ellis with alot of zombies in the middle, that would be epic

Edited by Downandout
@cinemandrew said:

" @Bishop113 said:

" They better not charge for this garbage. "
The good news is, if they do decide to charge for it, then you can just not buy it and never have to worry about playing this "garbage". "

And we won't have to suffer possibly playing with this guy! thumbs up all around me thinks.
Posted by Creamypies

So wait... does this mean 8 player co-op?

Posted by pwnasaurus

i'm very happy to hear this i love the characters from the original much more than the current ones especially francis
Posted by crusader8463
@Downandout said:
" @cinemandrew said:

" @Bishop113 said:

" They better not charge for this garbage. "
The good news is, if they do decide to charge for it, then you can just not buy it and never have to worry about playing this "garbage". "
And we won't have to suffer possibly playing with this guy! thumbs up all around me thinks. "
Here here!
Posted by GoronSurvivor

That picture almost made me shit myself.. i was laughing so hard lmao.

oh yea and this sounds really cool too.

Posted by Ubiquitous

So are the survivors going to be driving around in Mr. Gibbs Jr's stolen vehicle for the whole campaign? They should add a death match mode called turf war and have factions of zombies and teams of suvivors doing crazy things and driving around racecars. Then they can rename it to Grand Theft Zombie.

Posted by The_Philosopher

Awesome! Hope it's better then Crash Coarse.

Posted by Scratch

Yes Yes Yes! I so wanted those old characters back. This is going to be awesome.

Posted by Nock

I hope with all my heart that we get to play the L4D survivors in the other campaigns, I know it wouldn't make sense in the L4D lore but IDC, BILL charger here! Oh anyone else see the chance for 8 players to role threw the new Campaign that would be NUTS and AWESOME!  

Posted by Crono

This DLC's inclusion of the original cast almost has me ready to pay for L4D2...

Posted by BawlZINmotion

My interest will largely depend on the cost and content of said DLC, which at this point is not clear. If it's a good DLC pack, I'll pay up to $10 depending on what is included. Otherwise I'll just let it pass.

Posted by RsistncE

Hmmm I wonder if they'll pull a first and charge their PC customers for this?

Posted by TheSmilingDude

... I wonder what francis will hate...

Posted by hswbaz

People who live in a fantasy world where L4D is an expansion or not worth the full price and feel entitled to free things from Valve can shove it.  The DLC will cost money, most likely $5-10, and those who won't pay, this isn't for you anyway.  L4D isn't a series for you.  Stop being delusional that you're entitled to things because you're one of the millions who buy quality Valve games and grow up.  Even if you won't stop being delusional, all of Valve's content is more than worth what they charge, they need to start increasing prices to what they offer is worth or they may go bankrupt.  Even if this game was considered an expansion pack it was worth the full price.  I didn't think Giantbomb had people like this on their forums.

Edited by Mister_Snig
@TheSmilingDude said:

" ... I wonder what francis will hate... "

Rednecks?
High school football?
Gambling?
The news?
Short people?
Acid?
Chainsaws?
 
L4D2 provides Francis with so much to hate, and I really hope Valve takes advantage of this wonderful opportunity.
Posted by Colin
@FuzzYLemoN said:
"God, L4D1 really has been left for dead. See what I did there? "

I seen what you did thereeee and I liked it.   Shit now I have that annoying song in my head.
Posted by ozzdog12
Zoey! FTW
Posted by SomethingClever

I too am disheartened at all this "it better be free" talk.  You expect people to work on something, produce a good or service and then just give it away freely?   They may have set a precedence of doing this but that doesn't justify demanding it of them.  If when they release it they happen to say "oh, by the way, this one's on us" then that's fantastic but if they should choose to ask for a little money to help pay for the simple man hours used to create the thing or other technical aspects of it as well then who are you to cry foul on them?  Why don't you go tell your boss you don't really need to be paid for the work you do?  See how far that takes you.  
 
I for one am pleased with what L4D2 offered and was perfectly glad to pay full price for it.  Assuming it is a quality piece of work (which I fully expect it will be) I will also be fine with purchasing this DLC.  Valve has a track record of supporting their fans through great games and continued support of those games but with game houses closing down and plenty of people in the gaming industry likely wondering if/when they might be told they will no longer be receiving a paycheck I think it is understandable and justifiable for Valve to ask us to show our support for them through purchasing their games and what sounds like a fairly large content update as well.
 
Of course, money talks, and if people don't buy the DLC your vote may be heard in the matter, but you may not like the results.  If not enough people buy it yet Valve determines that they do in fact need to charge for further updates they could in time decide it isn't financially prudent for them and suddenly no more updates.  Where does that get us?  Less quality games and content to play and enjoy.  Am I saying you must buy this DLC to ensure a quality future?  No, but if you appreciate their work and want them to continue, show your support a little, get out your wallet and quit bitching.  Skip a trip or two to Burger King and I bet you can afford to get this content.  I bet you get enjoyment out of it for longer than you would that fast food.
 
/rant

Posted by GoronSurvivor
@Phunk_King:

I agree with you man, Bravo.. PC gamers need to stop thinking of themselves being "too good" to support the companies who put time and effort into these products.. making games ain't cheap, the least we could do is support the developers.
Posted by TheLawnWrangler

to the title: zing 
also this will be cool
Edited by BigLemon
@Bishop113: 
Oh, mercy. Can you imagine a company actually charging for a product? Goodness gracious, what sort of crazy, mixed up world are we living in?
 Valve is a company. They have stockholders. They are publicly traded. They need to make money, just like everyone else.
Edited by Sharpshooter
@Phunk_King:  
Superbly written. Nobody else could have put that any better I think.
Posted by Ferginator4k

Intresting to see how this goes.