Showing posts with label Left 4 Dead. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Left 4 Dead. Show all posts

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Left 4 Dead 3 Was Going to Be an Open-World Game

Geoff Keighley reveals in Half-Life: Alyx documentary that Valve had plans for Left 4 Dead 3 to be an open-world game.

Over past few years or so, acclaimed video game developer/publisher Valve Corporation has cancelled more ongoing projects than they released so far and for any old-school fans of their games, it is extremely frustrating to realize that.

Development for awaited sequels like Half-Life 2, Left 4 Dead 2 and more were closed down mysteriously. Recently, details behind cancellation of highly-anticipated Left 4 Dead 3 are being talked about in a documentary by Geoff Keighley.

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Left 4 Dead 3 Was Going to Be an Open-World Game

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Renowned video game journalist and The Game Awards host, Keighley made a documentary on development of Valve's newest VR project Half-Life: Alyx, where he revealed vital information about now-cancelled Left 4 Dead 3 game.

Keighley says, Valve wanted to move away from co-operative zombie shooter genre for L4D3 and had big plans than people can realize. Back then, they were aiming for a grand open-world experience that no one ever has made before.

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Although Keighley didn't expand on what it meant for Left 4 Dead 3 being an open-world title, he stated that Valve originally wanted to feature hundreds of zombies on-screen, concurrently, which was an overly ambitious idea at that time.

In recent memory, Days Gone managed to assemble a huge number of zombies within its open-world sphere as well as Dead Rising 4 but they aren't nearly as witty as the ones from Left 4 Dead and Valve could've done it better than them.

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Days Gone Zombies

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One other key-detail that Geoff Keighley mentioned is that Left 4 Dead 3 was planned to set in Morocco. Even though no reason behind this unique choice was given, it actually lines up with a series of L4D3 screenshots leak from early 2019.

Biggest reason for Valve cancelling out on Left 4 Dead 3 was a painfully slow development phase of their Source 2 engine. A number of their high-profile games were abandoned due to their frustrations with the unfinished engine.

RELATED: Job Listing Suggests Left 4 Dead 3 in Development?

Keighley says in The Final Hours of Half-Life: Alyx interactive diary that Valve is working hard on a major secret project since 2018. They are reportedly considering a Half-Life game following a stellar success of HL: Alyx on VR this year.

Formerly known as Valve South, developer Turtle Rock Studios announced a spiritual successor of L4D series titled Back 4 Blood in early 2019. For many veteran players, which is the closest to Left 4 Dead 3 any of them will ever gonna get.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Zombie Army Trilogy Coming to Nintendo Switch

Rebellion Developments announces Zombie Army Trilogy to get a Nintendo Switch release on March 31, 2020.

Following success of Sniper Elite series, developer/publisher Rebellion Developments worked a third-person tactical shooter spin-off series of Nazi Zombie Army, which recently got its third sequel, Zombie Army 4: Dead War last month.

An undead revolution lead by a zombie Hitler is currently marching over to arrive on Nintendo handheld console as Zombie Army Trilogy is announced for a Nintendo Switch release by end of this month on March 31, 2020.

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Zombie Army Trilogy Coming to Nintendo Switch

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An announcement trailer from Rebellion briefly highlights on all of its contents and brand-new features.

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There are three apocalyptic campaigns covering a total of 15 intense missions to complete your Zombie Army collection. You can choose to take down Hitler on your own or band together with up to four-players in online multiplayer.

Newly added features include HD Rumble, local wireless co-op, motion controls and pro controller support for a blissful experience. Switch version has also been modified for the title to integrate with its new friend invitation system.

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Try your out luck in craze-filled Horde Mode with a group of friends for chaotic fun throughout five deadly maps. Players can choose from an extended roster of 16 playable characters that counts survivors from Left 4 Dead as well.

Zombie Army Trilogy has sold over four million copies when it came out in 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Aside from its beloved gunplay system, iconic "X-Ray Kill Cam" feature is making its return for Nintendo Switch launch.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Classic Valve Titles are Backwards Compatible and Xbox One X Enhanced

Classic Valve Titles from Xbox 360 platform are now Xbox One X enhanced and backward compatible.

Fans of classic titles from developer/publisher Valve Corporation have been yearning for so long to get a sequel for their favorite games from old days for too long but at this moment they are busy with projects like Artifact and In the Valley of Gods.

However, some of those notable fan-favorite classics from Xbox 360 era are returning to modern day Xbox One console with astounding 4K enhancements for Xbox One X, courtesy of the backward compatibility feature of the Microsoft gaming platform.

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Classic Valve Titles are Xbox One X Enhanced Backwards Compatible

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An anthology collection Half-Life 2: The Orange Box, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2 and Portal: Still Alive have been added to a list of enhanced games for Xbox One X along with 17 other that has been updated for the platform to run at higher resolution.

Now you can revisit and enjoy these old games once again at 9X the original pixel from existing assets. Other remarkable Xbox 360 enhanced titles includes the likes of Red Dead Redemption and Skate 3, which makes the list a total of 21.

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Very recently, the backward catalog of games have added Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and the entire Crysis trilogy. Back in August, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 joined the race and early releases from the Assassin's Creed series before that.

If Microsoft is giving Sony a fight with anything in terms of releasing exclusive games, then it is their backward compatibility feature of Xbox One. Because of their unique program, players are now able to take a trip back to memory lane with many of their favorite game.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Job Listing Suggests Left 4 Dead 3 in Development?

Teasing to return in 2017 and having players hope crushed, Turtle Rock Studios is probably working on Left 4 Dead 3 for real this time.

Developer Turtle Rock Studios and publisher Valve Corporation have introduced a new horror-movie themed first-person shooter Left 4 Dead back in 2008, which led to a sequel, Left 4 Dead 2 the next year because of immense popularity and has since been on departure for over a decade. Dedicated fans still wonder if a second sequel is going to happen and according to a recent job listing from the developer studios, the long-awaited Left 4 Dead 3 seems like a possibility.

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Job Listing Suggests Left 4 Dead 3 in Development?

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Apparently, the studio is hiring animator, character concept artist and senior level designer along with a few other categories to work on a "globally known game franchise". They wanted the applicants to have "experience working on competitive FPSs” and “working with modern FPS engines” like Unreal Engine 4, which clearly suggests to L4D. They even mentioned playing Left 4 Dead everyday as part of their game development process and point to be noted, no other game was referenced.

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Now these hints could have also pointed to another FPS title, Evolve that Turtle Rock has developed and released in 2015, which was a commercial success then. However, a downward drive to sales and considering publisher 2K Games is shutting down the servers for the game on September, 2018 doesn't seem rational for the creators to invest resources on the project. So, Left 4 Dead 3 being an ongoing project in development by the studio seems a lot logical on retrospective.

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A third title from L4D franchise is a long-time fan demand just like development of Half-Life 3, which should be met. If speculations are true based on recently found evidence then we may not have to wait for long to see a third entry to the series. The original game took PC and Xbox 360 by storm while many were also able to enjoy the game on Mac. Then the huge pre-order sale of the sequel had us believe that a trilogy is just ahead but sadly, Valve doesn't believe in that concept.

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Now is the time when video game market is over saturated with zombie killing games and even makers of Payday series, Overkill Studios has been up to bringing OVERKILL's The Walking Dead, which clearly adapts the co-op shooter formula from Left 4 Dead. A remake for Capcom's survival horror classic Resident Evil 2 is finally making progress to be released on 2019 as well. All things considered, Valve can make a huge comeback with Left 4 Dead 3 even after failing to do that in 2017 after teasing.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Jim French of Left 4 Dead Dies at 89

If you are a gamer who played first-person survival horror shooter Left 4 Dead, then you will know him as the person who has voiced the grumpy ol' survivor of "Green Flu" outbreak William "Bill" Overbeck or just simply Bill. He was one of the few remaining voice actors producing full-time radio theater for commercial stations. This promising voice actor from Seattle and a World War II veteran Jim French has passed away today for natural causes when he was 89 year old.

You might not know him as the producer of a radio drama program by the name of Imagination Theater that is being broadcast over 120 AM/FM radio stations over America and Canada from 1980. You can also hear his programs on XM Satellite Radio if you are in North America. He started his career as a morning DJ on KIRO (AM) back in 1959 before starting his own company. He has been credited for over 803 shows including his notable appearance on The Adventures of Harry Nile and The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series.

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Jim French of Left 4 Dead Dies at 89

Jim French lend voice for games like Gunman Chronicles, Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Lost Coast. Jim also voiced the Elder Titan in Dota 2 and a cameo in one of the opening cut-scene of Payday: The Heist. However, it was his role of Vietnam veteran Bill in the Left 4 Dead game that gave him some true recognition to the mainstream audience and a new generation of fan-following. This Assault Rifle wielding, beret-wearing badass is one of the original four survivors from the initial pandemic of the game. Interesting fact is that all of the games above that he voiced for are from Valve Corporation.

Jim is from Seattle and was born in September 1928. He used to serve as a writer and presenter doing weekly shows for the Armed Forces Radio Service during the period of World War II. Following the war, he resumed his career in the broadcasting media while settling in his hometown. Fans of Jim French's work can still enjoy his work on Left 4 Dead game playing as Bill to relive his fond memories.