Square Enix and Valve team up to release arcade version of Left 4 Dead

Square Enix is collaborating with Valve to release Left 4 Dead: Survivors, a version of the zombie shooter reconditioned for play in arcades over in Japan. This week, the YouTube channel for Taito released this video showing what it looks like. Left 4 Dead: Survivors appears to blend elements of both Left 4 Dead games while recasting the four teammates as Japanese characters. It’s still a first-person shooter, and the video only shows glimpses of the survivors.

Left 4 Dead Survivors, an arcade version of Valve’s multiplayer first-person shooter, has released its first gameplay trailer. Valve has partnered with Japanese publisher Taito for the game, which seems to mix content from both Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2. Surprisingly, Left 4 Dead Survivors looks almost indistinguishable from the original games, though it could look much different by the time it’s released. In 2006, Taito released Half-Life 2: Survivor for Japanese arcades. As you can see in this video, it added flashing arrows that point you in the right direction, points, and other elements that would compliment a quicker arcade experience. Left 4 Dead Survivors will release in Japanese arcades later this year. There is growing speculation that Valve is working on a third entry in the Left 4 Dead series. Left 4 Dead 3 was spotted in a project tracker last June, and another listing for the game appeared just months later. The original Left 4 Dead launched in October 2008, with its sequel, Left 4 Dead 2, arriving just one year later.

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