Left 4 Dead 2 has been out for two months now, and Valve have one very large number they’d like to throw at you, while they’re busily working on the finishing touches on their first DLC – The Passing.
That’s the number of zombies that have been “shot, bludgeoned, chainsawed and killed” since the game’s launch. Twenty-eight billion. Wow.
To put that number in perspective:
- The entire population of the planet has been zombified and killed 4.26 times.
- With the average height of a zombie being 6 feet, if you stacked them end to end they would circle the globe 1,322 times.
- If you placed 28,981,249,043 rulers end to end, they would reach 28,981,249,043 feet in the sky.
…but what’s all this about The Passing?
Announced in December last year, the first add-on for Left 4 Dead 2 is set just after the Dead Center campaign and brings a bunch of new single-player, multiplayer and co-op gaming being added for both PC and Xbox 360.
Excitingly, it also gets a little retro, bringing the original cast from Left 4 Dead down to rural Georgia, for a meeting with the new kids on the block. Gamers play the role of L4D2 characters as they meet the old-school survivors.
The Passing introduces new arenas for Scavenge, Versus and Survival modes, as well as a new co-op challenge mode, and new melee weaponry, an additional firearm, and an “uncommon common” zombie class.
This new content for L4D2 is currently being shown off around the US, which is (predictably) where this announcement originated. There’s no word as yet on whether or not the Australian version will receive the DLC as listed, or even at all, given the heavily censored copy of the game released in this country. We’ll keep you posted.