A brand new DLC for Left 4 Dead will be released this September, according to a press release by Valve. Called Crash Course, the new campaign is designed to link the ending of the No Mercy campaign to the beginning of the Death Toll campaign.
Crash Course will be set in new locations, feature new dialogue from the Left 4 Dead cast, and have what Valve calls an “explosive finale”. It will support Co-op, Survival, and Versus modes.
According to Valve, the primary goal of the new campaign is to “deliver a complete Versus mode experience in just 30 minutes, resulting in a streamlined version of the game’s existing Versus campaigns”.
This is an interesting statement, as the current Versus campaigns in Left 4 Dead (assuming that players from both teams are of equal skill) take about 90 minutes or longer to complete. Whether this means that Crash Course will be a significantly shorter campaign, or if it is structured differently from the other campaigns remains to be seen.
Additionally, some gameplay tweaks to Versus mode will be made, described by Valve like this: “A recharge timer for Infected teammates has also been added, and item spawn behavior has changed for better gameplay.”
Will this new campaign be able to appease the legion of angry Left 4 Dead 2 boycotters out there? Probably not. But at the very least, Crash Course has demonstrably proven Valve’s commitment to releasing new content for the first game despite the proximity of the sequel’s November 17 release.
Crash Course will be a completely free download to owners of the PC version of Left 4 Dead. Xbox 360 owners will be charged US$7 for the download.