Well, color me surprised. I can’t remember the exact conversion rate, but I think whenever Valve says they’re giving us something in a set amount of time you’re supposed triple that time and hope for the best. This also carries over to announcements like we’ll have it to you “soon,” with “soon” meaning whenever you expect it plus at least a year. This makes the confirmation that Xbox 360 gamers will be getting the long anticipated Cold Stream DLC on Friday just a little bit surprising. The DLC will run you 560 MSP (that’s $7 in real monies) and it adds the new Cold Stream campaign as well as the rest of Left 4 Dead’s campaigns that will be fully playable with the sequel’s new weapons, items, and characters. In related news, Valve has finally gotten Left 4 Dead 2 to work on the Linux OS–but a Linux port isn’t surprising after all the smack talk Gabe Newell threw at Microsoft’s impending Windows 8 update.
Over the years, a majority of Valve’s fans have honed an almost monk-like patience when it comes to their expectations of the developer. The long awaited Cold Stream update took a while to get here, more than a year longer than expected, but as of right now PC gamers have access to the major (and free) update. Unfortunately, not all gamers are treated equal, so Xbox 360 owners will need to wait a little longer to get the expansion, and, unsurprisingly, you’ll have to pay for it. For the low price of 560 MSP you can get the brand new Cold Stream campaign, as well as modified versions of Left 4 Dead’s campaigns–Death Toll, Dead Air, Blood Harvest, and Crash Course–that will be fully playable with Left 4 Dead 2′s characters and weapons. According to the game’s official Twitter page, Valve is currently “working with MS on a release schedule,” and they hope to have it out soon. So, who here is planning on getting the update, and for which platform?
In news that I’ll believe when I actually see it, Valve has confirmed that the long in development Cold Stream DLC for Left 4 Dead 2 will be available on July 24th for the Xbox 360, Mac and PC. It’s been in public beta for some time now as it’s undergone tweaks here and there so most PC players have already had plenty of time with it, but this upcoming update will make it available as a *hopefully* supremely polished campaign. This means the remaining four campaigns from the original game–Death Toll, Dead Air, Blood Harvest and Crash Course–will also be brought over and fully playable with Left 4 Dead 2′s quirky cast of characters. It sure took its time getting here, much like everything Valve creates, but I’m sure it’ll be great fun for those of you who are still giddily mowing down the infected with your friends.
Earlier this week Valve told its fans that if 20,000 of them beat the still a work-in-progress Cold Stream campaign by Sunday then the reward would be early access to the slightly tweaked Dead Air level early. Valve isn’t known for being “early” with anything, they’re students of the “it’s done when it’s done” school of thought, and that’s one of the reasons all their games kick so much ass. While 20,000 might at first seem like a big number, you should consider Steam’s user base that’s somewhere in the 30 million range. 20,000 is no big deal, and that was proven when Valve’s fans managed the feat after just four hours.
Valve’s true to their word, so if you own a copy of Left 4 Dead for the PC you can expect Dead Air to hit no later than July 22nd. If you only have the 360 version than this next bit of news might interest you more: Valve’s “working on and testing a new version of the ‘Dark Carnival’ finale and some gameplay changes for finales in general.” New finales that offer a little more than running from a billion infected and a couple of Tanks? Count me in! READ MORE