The decision to charge for the Xbox 360 version of the upcoming "Crash Course" Left 4 Dead DLC was ultimately made by Microsoft, according to Valve's Chet Faliszek. "We own our platform, Steam. Microsoft owns their platform. They wanted to make sure there's an economy of value there," said Faliszek to Eurogamer. The first content release for Left 4 Dead, which included a new Survival mode and extra Versus maps, was free on both platforms.
For those who never played the excellent Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, you'll just have to take our word for it: that game ruled. But for fans of the original, you'll be happy to know that this sequel is bigger and better in almost every conceivable way.
With PAX 09 in full swing, Valve has issued new screenshots and artwork from Left 4 Dead 2, showing off more of the zombie shooter sequel's "Dark Carnival" campaign. Also provided was our first look at the new "Jockey" Boss monster, with Valve explaining that it "lets you attack lone Survivors and wrestle control of their movement away from them-into fire, off ledges, or straight into the middle of a zombie horde." Packing "20-plus new items" and five new campaigns, Left 4 Dead 2 hits PC and Xbox 360 on November 17. In keeping with recent retail trends, Valve noted that some of those new items are "being offered as a pre-sell exclusive with select retailers" and listed the "electric guitar, machete, and the American baseball bat" as examples.
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