A big-ish piece of content is coming to Left 4 Dead 2 and Left 4 Dead, Valve has revealed in the latest episode of GameTrailers TV. Dubbed The Sacrifice, the content will explain how a certain survivor failed to survive in the most recent Left 4 Dead 2 DLC, The Passing.
The Sacrifice will be a three-map campaign that is set to be at least a hair longer than other bits of content as a result of its roomier areas. Owners of both games will be playing as the series' original four survivors, however, Left 4 Dead 2 owners will be able to choose which one of them dies at the end of the DLC.
Oddly enough, The Sacrifice wasn't initially meant to be a Left 4 Dead 2 release. It was intended to be a nice little exclusive for original owners of Left 4 Dead, but according to Valve, it was just too cool to tie down to just one game.
“It’s a really fun campaign," Left 4 Dead producer Chet Faliszek tells PC Gamer in a post-reveal chat, "it’s got lots of high Hunter leap points and stuff. And we said ‘You know, this would be really cool in Left 4 Dead 2. Some of these locations would be cool for the Spitter and the Charger.’ So we decided we’d release The Sacrifice not just for Left 4 Dead, but for Left 4 Dead 2.”
== TEASER ==As if new DLC weren't enough, a four-part digital comic is also on its way to bolster the narrative elements The Sacrifice revolves around. They'll be companion pieces that precede the events of this latest DLC.
Left 4 Dead's No Mercy campaign is also being recreated for Left 4 Dead 2 because it's popular, and apparently, particularly challenging with the new Infected introduced in Left 4 Dead 2.
“When we first changed them over,” Faliszek tells PC Gamer, “they were brutally hard. Your strategy of holing up in corners just disappears, because the Spitter is going to wreak havoc. The Rooftop of No Mercy now, with Chargers and Tanks, is… you’d better not stand by a ledge.”
The release of The Sacrifice (and No Mercy) will coincide with the Mac release of Left 4 Dead 2 on October 5, 2010. It'll be free for both PC and Mac owners, but it won't be free for Xbox 360 owners of the game. Word is that the console version will cost around 560 Microsoft Banana Points.
UPDATE: Left 4 Dead's No Mercy campaign was not DLC, as this article previously stated. It was the first campaign in the game.