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Valve and Akella Sign Publishing Deal for Left 4 Dead

Eastern European game publisher Akella announces the signing of a retail publishing deal with Valve to bring their upcoming cooperative survival horror game, Left 4 Dead, to stores in Russia and CIS countries. The release is scheduled for Fall 2008 and planned to ship simultaneously all over the world.

Left 4 Dead (L4D) is a new action title from Valve, creators of the Counter-Strike and Half-Life games, and promises to redefine the co-operative genre as those titles did for multiplayer and single player action games.

Set in a modern day survival-horror universe, the co-operative gameplay of L4D casts four "Survivors" in an epic struggle against hordes of swarming zombies and terrifying "Boss Infected" mutants.

Valve's next generation AI technology, allows for games of 1 to 8 players. Players can play as a Survivor or as one of four types of "Boss Infected", each of whom possess a unique mutant ability such as a 50-foot tongue lasso or a giant belly full of explosive methane gas.

The gameplay takes place across four massive campaigns. The "zombie" population of each mission is choreographed by an "AI Director" that monitors the human players' actions and creates a unique and dramatic experience for them on the fly.



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