Following the emergence of a number of suspicious L4D-related hints in PAYDAY last week, Overkill Games have announced the development of an “in-depth collaboration” project between them and Valve Software, which they describe as a “very cool blend of PAYDAY and Left 4 Dead“.
Interestingly, the official announcement thread on the PAYDAY Steam forums has been named “PAYDAY: Left 4 Dead“, which seems to imply that the fruits of Valve and Overkill’s labor will most likely be released within PAYDAY itself. I definitely think they’d do just that, since it’s not Left 4 Dead that really needs attention- it is PAYDAY. But make no mistake – this is probably NOT a stand-alone new game release. Instead, it will most likely be free downloadable content (and as previously mentioned, it’ll probably be released for PAYDAY).
In addition, some fans have linked this project to a mysterious hospital-themed map found in PAYDAY’s game files, which may, as it turns out, be released… along with the upcoming PAYDAY DLC pack. Given that Overkill’s press release includes an odd mention of… a hospital, I think that’s actually pretty likely, considering that Left 4 Dead’s most memorable campaign: “No Mercy”, took place… in a hospital. Hey, I’m seeing a pattern here.
In any case, I am looking forward to playing this… well, whatever this may be, in any case. It’s always fun to see a different dev studio playing around with Valve’s gear in a different engine and fiction entirely. Maybe that’s what made the Potato Fools’ Day event such a blast from beginning to end. And perhaps this crossover project will remind us of those fine times, when potatoes were everywhere, bandwidth dwindled, and all-nighters were imperative.
Credit, and a round of applause to the mighty Piotr for the tip.