An interesting move! To be honest, I figured most of Valve had simply forgotten L4D existed.
A late post for a late DLC release. The irony is so thick, you could cut it open with a chainsaw.
But at least I had time to properly write about my impressions – and, well, let me say this before you read on: less “Cold Stream”, and more “Lukewarm Stream”.
Back in May, Overkill Games announced that it was developing some sort of collaborative Left 4 Dead-PAYDAY crossover project, together with Valve.
One month later, a teaser trailer for this crossover project was released, revealing it to be a DLC heist level for Overkill Games’ PAYDAY: The Heist. The teaser trailer depicted action-packed gunfights with police units, set in L4D1′s infamous Mercy Hospital, prior to the zombie apocalypse that turned the world of Left 4 Dead upside down.
But since then, no further details on this DLC have been released. Well… until now!
For a good few months, all we had concerning the upcoming release of Steam (along with Valve’s game library) for the Linux operating system, was the original announcement from April. Since then, there have been a few small developments on the Steam Linux front, but no formal announcement of any sort on Valve’s part.
Well, until now, I suppose!
After over one year in development, the release of Left 4 Dead 2‘s next official (and free) DLC pack, known as Cold Stream, is close at hand.
Last month, it was announced that Overkill’s PAYDAY: The Heist and Valve’s Left 4 Dead would come together, through a sort of crossover. Not in the form of a full game, but rather, in the form of some sort of DLC release – much like how the Potato Fools’ Day cross-game events played out (but with none of the glyph hunting and potato farming).
Well, it turns out that Valve and Overkill are not kidding around, as a teaser trailer has just been released for PAYDAY: No Mercy.
You might know the one and only Jim French as the radio personality behind approximately 627 radio shows that have been aired all over the United States. But you probably know him as the voice of Gunman Chronicles’ Xenome researchers, as the voice of Father Grigori, as the voice of the Fisherman of the Lost Coast… or as the voice of Bill Overbeck, the tough Vietnam veteran from Left 4 Dead. While he didn’t get to do any voice work for L4D1′s first DLC, Crash Course (apparently he was on vacation during Valve’s recording time), he did return for The Sacrifice, where he delivered the greatest line the Valve continuum has ever known.
Well, it turns out that Jim French is back, doing some sort of voice work at Valve HQ in Bellevue, Washington. Mysterious! Since the news was brought to us through the official Left 4 Dead Twitter, I’m going to assume he was doing voice work for Left 4 Dead – although what exactly he might be recording for remains unknown. Perhaps it’s retroactive voice work for the L4D1 campaigns set to be added to L4D2 through the Cold Stream DLC release, or perhaps it’s going to be voice work for the L4D-PAYDAY crossover that was announced last month. Hopefully we’ll find out soon enough!
If you like video games, then I’m pretty sure you like “PAYDAY: The Heist” - even if you don’t know it yet. Released last year by Overkill Games, it’s a cooperative shooter that places you, along with 3 other friends, in a number of action-packed scenarios that all have one thing in common: killing officers of the law; and acquiring liquid capital. It was mostly an under-the-radar hit and the community can be really lame, but it’s definitely worth buying.
And apparently, we’ll be needing to get really acquainted with it in the near future. Read on!