Valve has been working on a surprise. That surprise is another, currently un-named, DLC package for Left 4 Dead 2
Matthew Lourdelet will be an unfamiliar name to Xbox gamers. This is the man behind the successful L4D2
2 Evil Eyes campaign, a mod exclusively available to the PC community. He's been working on a new campaign - Cold Stream. The campaign isn't finished yet, but Valve thinks that it "looks even more promising" than 2 Evil Eyes. As a result, they will be releasing this campaign as DLC for both the Xbox 360 and PC platforms.
Unlike previous DLC outings for the game, the Cold Stream campaign will not fit into the current storylines for either http://www.trueachievements.com/Left-4-Dead-xbox-360.htm
or Left 4 Dead 2
The very first step in creating a new DLC is deciding on the larger goals and constraints for the DLC. The Sacrifice and the Passing were story heavy, so we want to see what the other end of the spectrum looks like. For this DLC we start with wanting to experiment by releasing a map pack that wasn’t about story. It would just be new campaigns for Left 4 Dead 2.
That makes the first constraint no new audio or story.
Further details on the new campaign have not been announced yet, but as a bonus, Valve has confirmed that this DLC package will also contain the remaining three campaigns from L4D1
- Dead Air, Blood Harvest and Death Toll; No Mercy was included as part of The Sacrifice for Left 4 Dead 2
Those of you who play L4D2
on the PC or Mac will be able to get a sneak peak at the new campaign, as Valve will be adding Cold Stream to the user interface for gamers to help with the beta testing. However, the Cold Stream forum
is currently up and running for all gamers (including Xbox 360 players) to add suggestions and ideas for features that they would like to see implemented in the new campaign.
The DLC does not have a release date yet (surprise!), but Valve has said that it will not be released until after Portal 2
has been released. Portal 2
, is due to be released on April 19th, 2011 in North America, and on April 22nd in Europe, so don't expect to see the DLC before those dates.