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Pre-order Left 4 Dead and get the demo early

by: Randy -
More On: Left 4 Dead
If you want to be Left 4 Dead sooner (and cheaper) than everyone else, then all you need to commit to is a pre-order.  Valve's upcoming zombie apocalypse thriller will hand the single- and multiplayer demo of Left 4 Dead over to pre-order customers on November 6th.  Everyone else -- no purchase necessary -- will get their dismembered hands on the demo on November 11th.  The demo concludes (for everyone) on November 18th, with the game's official release two days later on November 20th.  The pre-launch demo, if nothing else, may very well be worth your time considering the fact that Valve has dropped $10 million in TV, outdoor, print, and online advertising for this one.  Advertising isn't a measure of quality by any means, but has Valve let you down yet?

EDIT:  I failed to mention in this blurb -- though it's stated in the press release after the jump -- that pre-ordering gives you 10% off retail.  That's what I was alluding to with the "...be Left 4 Dead sooner (and cheaper)..."



Xbox 360 and PC Pre-Order Includes 10% Savings Plus Advance Demo Access


October 24, 2008 –Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress, and Counter-Strike) and leading technologies (Steam and Source), today announced a special promotion granting those who pre-order Left 4 Dead early access to the official demo.

Left 4 Dead is the new survival action game from Valve that blends the social entertainment experience of multiplayer games such as Counter-Strike and Team Fortress with the dramatic, narrative experience made popular in single player action game classics such as the Half-Life series of games.

            Early access to the demo begins Thursday, November 6 on both the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC. This pre-order promotion applies to all Steam PC pre-orders and all Xbox 360 and Windows-based PC pre-orders from participating retailers in North America. The demo will feature single player and co-operative modes, supporting 1 to 4 player games.

On November 11 the demo will be made available to all Xbox 360 and PC and  gamers, with no obligation to purchase. The demo concludes on November 18, when Left 4 Dead will be made available at retail outlets across North America and worldwide via Steam.

            This pre-order promotion is scheduled in concert with the previously announced $10 million consumer launch campaign that spans television, outdoor, print, and online advertising.

            “Every time someone plays Left 4 Dead, we witness the most overwhelmingly positive reaction that we’ve seen from any of our games,” said Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve. “This gives us tremendous confidence in the product and why we’ve taken the game on the road, produced this pre-launch demo, and invested more advertising dollars on the title than any prior release from Valve.”

            Playable in single player, co-operative, and multiplayer modes, Left 4 Dead is one of the most anticipated releases of 2008 and winner of numerous pre-launch awards, including Best of E3 from multiple outlets.     

For more information, please visit L4D.com or www.steamgames.com