The Passing introduces a series of weekly game mode events dubbed "Mutations." These are week-long runs of new gameplay modes that range from "Realism Versus" to "Chainsaw Massacre". Each week one new Mutation is featured and the previous Mutation retired.
Every Thursday the new in-game blog will let you know of the upcoming Mutation. Once a month we will have a poll to vote on your favorite Mutation. The winning Mutation will return the following week.
Our first Mutation is Realism Versus.
For this Mutation, Survivors have all the Realism changes working against them, no glows on items or survivors, tougher zombies, instant kill witches, etc. The Infected have all those changes working for them. This makes the Jockey one of the most powerful Specials for his ability to steer a Survivor out of view. You will want to make sure you have a working microphone so your teammates can hear your screams for help. This Mutation is only available in Versus.
Another example of an upcoming Mutation is Chainsaw Massacre. You are armed with the only thing you need to survive a Zombie Apocalypse: a chainsaw with unlimited gas. Rip apart thousands of zombies on your way to safety. This Mutation will be available later and only in Campaign Mode.
To learn about the other Mutations, you will have to check the in-game blog each week. What we can tell you now is the Mutations will cover different game modes and be available across all Campaigns.
The first game add-on for Left 4 Dead 2 brings the original Left 4 Dead (L4D1) Survivors down south for a meeting with the L4D2 cast, while delivering new single-player, multiplayer and co-operative gameplay for the PC and Xbox 360.
Celebrating the pending release of "The Passing" and the Left 4 Dead 1 and Left 4 Dead 2 teams colliding, we have a few other world colliding events to announce.
First up, the Midnight Riders collide with Rock Band. The gang over at Harmonix have released two Midnight Riders's songs for Rock Band! You can check them out here[www.rockband.com] and download them in game to play in the comfort of your own home. "The Passing" will feature a brand new slow power ballad; "Save Me Some Sugar".
What happens when a 1939 film classic collides with Left 4 Dead? Check out Agnostes' awesome Left 4 Dead campaign poster[superpunch.blogspot.com] he made for a Wizard of Oz concept art contest to find out.
What happens when Half-Life 2: Episode one collides with Left 4 Dead 2? Mixmedia's City 17[www.l4dmaps.com]. Alyx would be proud.
What about TF2 and L4D2 colliding? That would be Jsparakov's Badwater Basin map. And for worlds colliding into worlds colliding, check-out TF2's and Sam & Max's collision[www.teamfortress.com] currently going on.
So enough worlds colliding, when is "The Passing" coming out? Well... if it was coming out next week we would say right here - Left 4 Dead 2's The Passing is coming out next week and we will be updating the blog next week with more news on the release. There you go.
That's right, Internet blog readers! It's tax season here at Valve, and we need to CLEAR OUT our digital warehouses! What does that mean for you? How about the award-winning Left 4 Dead 2, now available for 50% off the original price? (March 23rd to March 25th)
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Here's what you'll get!
4 Exciting New Survivors!
5 New Expansive Campaigns!
The Maddeningly Mad Mustachio!
10 Rocking New Melee Weapons!
3 New Super Special Infected!
5 Crazy New Uncommon Common!
10 Deadly New Weapons!
1 Gnarly New Gnome!
The Diabolical Director 2.0!
Gross Boomer Bile!
110% More Midnight Riders!
Addictive New Achievements!
All new Game Mode; Scavenge!
All your old favorites and MORE!
But hold on, 'cause we ain't done! Coming out this Spring for Left 4 Dead 2 is the brand new DLC "The Passing", which contains:
A Wicked Witch Bride!
A Gargantuan M60!
A Slashing Golf Club!
And Introducing The Fallen Survivor!
Meet 3 Left 4 Dead 1 Survivors!
New Game Modes!
Was that a typo? Game Modes? Didn't we mean Game MODE? Did we mean to include that "S"?!?!?
YES WE DID!
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