Valve has exciting news for all of those gamers who just can’t seem to get enough of thrashing near-endless zombie hordes with the sometimes frustrating, but rewarding, cooperation of strangers on the internet. Left 4 Dead 2‘s long awaited ‘Cold Stream‘ DLC will be available later this month after being in public beta for over a year. The DLC will include the original Left 4 Dead campaigns, Blood Harvest, Crash Course, Dead Air and Death Toll, as well as the community-created Cold Stream. The patch will also bring about an interesting change to the mutations available in-game.
Besides new campaign modes, the DLC will also make rotating mutations available at all times. Since ‘The Passing’ DLC, released in February 2010, Left 4 Dead 2 has included mutations that allow campaigns to start with certain twists and gimmicks that tweak the gameplay. These mutations have ranged from giving characters special weapon modifications, like chainsaws with unlimited gas in ‘Chainsaw Massacre,’ to altering all enemies in a versus match to the hulking tank enemies in ‘Taaannnkk!’ Currently, mutations are only available one at a time, rotating to a new mutation weekly. With the implementation of ‘Cold Stream’ all of these mutations will be available to players at any given time.
Valve is notorious for giving their projects plenty of time in development and testing in order to ensure that they deliver a quality product to their countless fans. In the past this development process has been a huge boon for their games, and to the devoted gamers that play them. Hopefully, spending the extra time to deliver this expanded content will also have a huge pay-off for those of us who have come to expect superb customer awareness from Valve.
Although PC gamers will be receiving ‘Cold Stream’ gratis, 360 owners will most likely have to pay for the new content. The DLC will be released on July 24th with an accompanying patch to update the files of the game.
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