Welcome to the 7th Annual Mod of the Year Awards - the premiere event that celebrates the best creations within the modding and indie gaming scene. Developers have poured their blood, sweat and tears into creating new gameplay experiences that truly "change the game". Now its time for the gamers to voice
their opinions and select their top picks of the year.

**Presenting the 2008 Winners**


From now until Feb 28th, the MOTY will present to you the cream of the crop for 2008 as voted by the public. The top mods and games will win the honors of being placed alongside other projects that have gone on to become commercial successes and cement their place in ModDB's hall of fame. And to the winner goes the spoils; ModDB has teamed up with a whole lineup of sponsors that have provided prizes ranging from software to servers to commercial engines. Everything to help budding developers excel at their craft.

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After 114,000 votes, you have chosen this years best upcoming mod.

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Everyday, ModDB's front page fills with news of recent development updates for projects on every platfrom. Many mods have recognized ModDB as the #1 contributor to the well-being of the community around their mod. The gathering of both gamers and developers that make up our audience and the easy accessibility to them have been the main tenets behind ModDB's success.

The players' choice awards were designed to gauge which mods and indie games hold the most clout among ModDB's community. 2008 saw a large number of quality projects come to fruition, with yet many more to see an eventual release in 2009. The mods listed here are the top five choices ModDB members are anticipating. We've already seen one release since the close of voting (Mideast Crisis 2) and there's a very good chance we'll see the rest release sometime this year.



Honorable Mentions

We would like recognize the mods Black Mesa (Half-Life 2) and Mechwarrior Living Legends (Crysis) who both polled extremely strongly and would have made the top 5. However, because each has already made this list in past years, they are ineligible from making the top 5 again in this category.

Surface Tension Promo Catapult in the woods


5.Third Age
Medieval 2: Total War

Third_Age wrote:'Third Age - Total War' is a total conversion modification for Medieval II: Total War that brings you into the world of Middle-Earth. The Production has been going since March 2008 and the mod is currently well under development and boasts a variety of new features:
Play epic and strategically demanding battles with the armies of middle earth and there respective heroes. An extensive playable campaign map of middle earth featuring locations taken straight from Middle Earth Lore. 12 unique factions, including Gondor, Rohan, High and Silvan elves, Dwarves, Eriador, Dale, Isengard, Mordor, Rhun, Harad and the Orcs of the Misty Mountains. There is lots more to discover including Improved AI, unique sounds, music, movies, custom artwork amoung many other new features. Nearing the last stages of development, with an active community, the Third Age is a must have for all fantasy and Lord of the rings fans alike.


Falls of Rauros Isengard Preview Isengard Preview


4.Mideast Crisis 2
C&C Tiberium Wars

Mideast_Crisis_2 wrote:"Mideast Crisis 2"(MeC2) is a total conversion for "Command and Conquer 3: Tiberian Wars" by Isotx as the sequel to its "Command and Conquer: Generals - Zero Hour" conversion "Mideast Crisis". Isotx teamed up with Derelict Studios, in which the staff for MeC2 is largely composed out of core team members from past SAGE engine mods such as; Blitzkrieg 2, Halogen (now known as Asylum), Mideast Crisis and Rise of Rome. Features include 3 distinct factions; Israel Defense Forces, the Guardians of Islam and the UN Peacekeepers which you can play in both multiplayer and singleplayer spanning maps (and missions) from Beirut to Jerusalem. MeC2's gameplay focuses on occupation warfare within cities using 3 types of resources; money (from occupation taxes), fuel (from oil derricks and gas stations) and special ammunition (from ammo crates). We're also bringing back secondary resources in the form of; embedded reporters, settlements and hacking.


February MEC2 Screenshots GOI T-90 February MEC2 Screenshots


3.Renegade X
Unreal Tournament 3

Renegade_X wrote:Renegade X (formerly known as Renegade 2007) is a mod dedicated to recreating C&C Renegade in the new generation engine, the Unreal Engine 3. We all believe the Command and Conquer series is a very special one, and its fans have been following its games for over a decade now. C&C has been one of the most successful videogame series in the RTS Genre. Our modding team believes that C&C Renegade is truly a hidden gem in the FPS genre.
C&C Renegade's specialty was its multiplayer mode, because it was not mindless killing like most games. A player was thrown into a battle as soon as he joined a server, in which teamplay was the only way to win. The game revolves around a war between the Global Defense Initiative, and the Brotherhood of Nod. Each faction would have their own base of operations consisting of buildings. A team had to work together to destroy the enemy base, while keeping theirs intact. By simply switching engines, our team will have fixed many of C&C Renegade's faults. The original game had many problems such as bad netcoding, poor graphics, glitches, etc. Our main goal is to bring this great gameplay to the masses, all the graphical enhancements is merely just icing on the cake.


Nod Engineer ingame on Field Renegade-X Vehicles 2009 New Years Update


2.Neotokyo
Half-Life 2

Neotokyo wrote:Neotokyo takes place in and around a fictionalized Tokyo approximately 30 years in the future. Mankind has begun to fuse with technology. Government and corporate corruption have transformed Tokyo into a deadly dystopian nightmare. After a near-successful military coup by ranking members of Jinrai, the National Security Force (NSF) is formed - answering directly to the Prime Minister, it's mission is to investigate and eliminate all threats to Japan, both abroad and at home. The initial core of the NSF is made from an exodus from within the intelligence branch of the military. With this betrayal begins the war in the shadows between the NSF and Jinrai. Neotokyo is a first person shooter that aims to provide a visceral & realistic combat experience in a rich futuristic setting.


NT Jitte_Short Weapon Preview NT_Gensai Map Preview NT NSF Recon01 Preview


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1.Dead Before Dawn
Left 4 Dead

Dead_Before_Dawn wrote:Dead Before Dawn features Crossroads Mall as a replica of the mall in the movie, Dawn of the Dead. Originally created for the HL2 Mod, No More Room in Hell but has since been undergoing major changes to be ported to Valve's Left 4 Dead. The campaign sports various locations from the movie, including:

  • The Crossroads Mall
  • Andy's Gunshop
  • Anna's House
  • The Park
Dead Before Dawn Poster Crossroads Mall Crossroads Mall


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TheMegaMaster
TheMegaMaster

ModDB, tell me, what is a MAPPER going to do with a whole GAME ENGINE? It´s a shame to waste that great price to someone that can´t even use it! (If he could, he would make DBD a mod.)

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride

I agree man. It's a sad thing when these mappers are getting perks that real devs should be getting.

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JeepRubi
JeepRubi

I completely agree, if it wasn't for Dead before dawn, then renegade-x team would be getting a torque engine license, and I can assure you that we would be doing something with it! I can't possibly imagine what some mappers are going to do with a game engine! What are mappers going to do with books on 3d design and animation? It seems that many of these prizes are going to waste when most real mods would greatly benifit from them.

I've lost much of my respect for the moty awards and moddb in general. Shouldn't Dead before dawn be listed as an addon anyway? Like every other freaking map pack.

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RogerRamjet
RogerRamjet

I totally agree with you. The awards are for mod developers, to help them PRODUCE modifications, nay, with the prizes, full commercial games! The entire purpose for the awards in the first place, based on the awards. So now, a couple of mappers are laughing, with all the prizes and have no idea what to do with them.

A complete waste of time to even promote a mod for the awards (really, promoting ModDB so they can draw in more sponsorship and revenue) if all of the promotion and hard work of dedicated modification developers are going to be rewarded with giggling, click happy L4D fans voting for the first L4D map pack. All I can say is, it is a travesty.

I would like to say sorry to all honest and hard working, real mod creation teams, as I help promote this farce as well.

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[NE]Fobby[GEN]
[NE]Fobby[GEN]

I'm going to have to agree with this. The Torque license may go to waste with the Dead Before Dawn mod, considering it's a map pack that does not quite modify the game. What are mappers going to be doing with the engine as opposed to actual mod teams, like the other 4 finalists? Dead Before Dawn should just get an honorable mention, like Black Mesa did.

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Havoc89
Havoc89

I have to agree completely. The worst part is that there is an engine going to waste, when it can be harnessed and pushed to it's limit by people whom know how to do just that.

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M@ty
M@ty

I agree also.

Wasted prizes completely, mods like Renegade-X and Neotokyo would make far better use of such engines.

That and I completely agree with every single one of the comments above DBD being a map pack.

My respect and support for MOTY just flew out the window, I'm afraid. Its not easy saying that when I'm such a long-time avid user and supporter of this site.

I hope the editors heed this year's comments and make sure next year sees the approporiate changes.

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Daystranger
Daystranger

Oh god.
Its just STUPID!
The moment DBD info appeared it was 1st L4D map.
And anyone mindlessly voted. Not understanding that they're doing...(Destroying other mod's future)
Such a dirty trick!
Damn you.

P.S. 2 all those map\mod discussions. EVERY good map including custom content. Look at UT or CS maps. New textures, sounds, scripts. And no one calls them MODS.

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MrTambourineMan
MrTambourineMan

(buried)

Destroying other mods future ? No comment.

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JeepRubi
JeepRubi

well then why did you comment to say that you had no comment. Seems a bit redundant to me.

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f0rqu3
f0rqu3

he made an objection :)

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Ridentus
Ridentus

It’s all about the mods with the best trailer videos, as its better to showcase that, then a mod that works behind the doors and works on more important things (like getting the project finished)

What looks better for moddb?, A mod that makes pretty trailers, or a solid mod that doesn’t focus on trailers but does the work.

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce

you can't make a pretty trailer for a crappy looking mod though.
Also Dead before Dawn doesn't seem to have a "pretty trailer" yet it won, sooo???

Also don't forget people flock to games that have pretty trailers too, most games have even prettier trailers then mods can be quite deceiving. Especially compared to mod trailers that are usually recorded from ingame footage rather then created with 3d animation tools.
(I believe Age of Chivalry was one of the few exceptions, a long time back it had this really cool trailer that wasn't made ingame)

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LORDDEREX
LORDDEREX

Very good 2 Source mods!

I Love Source!

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fireplace13
fireplace13

good job Black Mesa!

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Keptron
Keptron

I think this was the best Mod of the Year Award, since I only see people complaining ... well, they have their true word said. If I was a modder I would for sure rage like a monster, but it's done >_>.

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MrMattWebb
MrMattWebb

To qoute the awards page.

"creating new gameplay experiences that truly "change the game". "

How does a map pack do that?

Oh well. Its the community's choice award after all. I guess that the turnout for voting must have been very weak this year.

I could care less for the results thus far. :/

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Psycho_Sam
Psycho_Sam

2009 Map of the Year ftw. :D

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VagabondPraetor
VagabondPraetor

Ah, the failings of total democracy.

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ÐiamonÐ
ÐiamonÐ

Is there anyone other than myself who believes a revote is in order?

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MrTambourineMan
MrTambourineMan

No - then if NT would win, RenegadeX fans would want a recount, and then when RX would win someone else would want recount again, it's finished and next time go vote for your favorite mod and tell your friends to do so as well. BTW I voted Neotokyo-

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Havoc89
Havoc89

No, I disagree with a recount. If anything were to happened, it should be that DBD should be an honorable mention and every other mod should be bumped up one rank. Neo taking 1st, RenX takin 2nd, Mideast taking 3rd, Age taking 4th and whatever mod was next should take 5th.

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AlCool
AlCool

I agree, a revolt is in order. This blasphemy taking the place of a true mod is disgusting.

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reybag
reybag

people,look at any place you want for the definition of mod,and you will find that is any kind of modification made to a game.so just adding a map is a modification so they qualify to be called mod.i know look unfair but it is not.Dead Before Dawn is the new queen of the graduation dance.
pd:sorry for mistakes,english is not my main languaje

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MrTambourineMan
MrTambourineMan

Look my view on this is that I'd prefer Neotokyo to win and I voted for it, but you people bashing DBD and issuing negative karma to reasonable people here DISGUST me - don't be such Fing jerks YOUR VOTES COUNTED!!!

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f0rqu3
f0rqu3

probably they are about 10 people. nothing to worry about.

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TyeTheCzar
TyeTheCzar

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You've already got your "NeoTokyo". It's on Steam and it's called Dystopia. The mod's dev is going to really have to differentiate itself from that to be successful.

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RogerRamjet
RogerRamjet

CyberPunk or Ghost in a Shell/Anime? Hmm.... I know which is which, do you?

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride

It's alot different. Idiots like you. :P

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thelinx
thelinx

******* ********. Neotokyo EARNED this! The three other mods are also far superior than Dead before Dawn.

********.

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reybag
reybag

jajaja now the real irony comes,i never go to Dead Before Dawn board here in moddb and now that i go ,i discover a lot of people are there complaining about how they dont diserve to win,the funny things is that thanks to all that people they are now firts in the ranking of games in moddb,so they make it more popular jajajaja sweet irony.

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WatchMaker
WatchMaker

It's a sad day when a single 'remake' map beats out a mod like Neotokyo. GG.

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MrMattWebb
MrMattWebb

If I was the founder of Neotokyo and put sweat into that mod, Id be kinda ****** as well. The trailer alone was enough to make me love the mod.

Besides, Dawn of Dead map pack has been around for a while. When I first saw it, I saw nothing special. I guess 100,000 votes prove me wrong.

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AlCool
AlCool

Source has the most fanboys of any game community, so left 4 dead is no different. Regardless of if you like L4D or Dead Before Dawn, ITS STILL NOT A MF MOD.

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NullSoldier
NullSoldier

It's not that source has fanboys, infact most people who play L4D don't know anything of source. There just casual gamers that bought left 4 dead for the same reason so many casual gamers play World of Warcraft.

Imagine if you put a vote, what is the best mmorpg up. Guess what would win? World of Warcraft, not because of the actual gameplay just because of all the drones that play it and no other mmorpgs. It's the same problem here.

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AlCool
AlCool

I did say L4D was no different, but yes I agree with your statement.

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Ryswick17
Ryswick17

Congrats to DBD

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f0rqu3
f0rqu3

(buried)

it looks like some fanboys are angry because their upcoming mod didn't win. So they keep giving negative karma. Go a head if it pleases you and takes away your pain :)

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Daystranger
Daystranger

No. U don't understand.
I DON'T care which MOD will win. BUT I'm ****** off that MAP PACK won.
Such a shame!

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f0rqu3
f0rqu3

I understand. You call it a map pack. But did you actually play it?
Why are you so sure about it?

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VagabondPraetor
VagabondPraetor

Hilarious. It's not even released yet.

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Daystranger
Daystranger

I should play MAP PACK to know that this is map pack?
I will play it when its done. And more likely, ENJOY it.
BUT ITS NOT A MOD.
ITS A SERIES OF MAPS.
Period.

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f0rqu3
f0rqu3

Just because they only have maps so far, does not mean it will be a map pack.
And again, Why are you so sure that it is a map pack?

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JeepRubi
JeepRubi

Well then let them win mod of the year when they modify something.

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JeepRubi
JeepRubi

Fanboys? Have you seen who is complaining? It's all the devs who devoted thousands of hours of their free time into quality mods only to be beaten out by a small map pack by overhyped fans.

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f0rqu3
f0rqu3

and the winners devoted no time in their work...
a small map pack? did you see it. can you prove your claim?
please try to be more objective.

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TheMegaMaster
TheMegaMaster

Dude seriously, do you know what you´re talking about? Creating a Total Conversion Mod takes AGES, it really does! Creating a map like DBD takes only a few months.

I´m wondering why no modDB staff makes a statement here that clears the situation.

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f0rqu3
f0rqu3

they did read the comments...
and no, it depends on the total conversion you do.
plus they are all upcoming(this is the part you don't get)

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AlCool
AlCool

Have you even gone to DBD page? Did you see it when it was ONE LARGE MAP for NoMoreRoomInHell a few years ago? Did you see DARTH BRUSH the MOD MAKERS video where he tours you of his maps for a custom campaign for Left4Dead? Do you even know a single thing about this issue or are you trying to argue that noone knows what their talking about? If you don't have sense don't bother posting ignorance.

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f0rqu3
f0rqu3

I did go to their page and they have some awesome maps so far. So please take your own advice. It is an upcoming mod. People voted it for the best upcoming mod of 2008. Everything is decided. What do you want to accomplish? If you think it was bad mistake please contact the moddb admins. I am afraid that whining here has no effect. But you can give negative karma if it makes you feel better.

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JoffL
JoffL

Hm, one of these things is not like the other. Congratulations to the actual mods in the top five. It's a pity that a map pack managed to gather enough hype to win.

Just saw what the prize was and I think it's a horrible waste of an engine license. The developer(s) for Dead Before Dawn should really do something with it or decline. It'd be such a waste otherwise.

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride

Joffl. Yes. One of these things is not like the other.

These people took a concept that was already made for them, ported it over, and did a little jerry-rigging, and took first place. It's so ****** up. I'm not even a dev, but it ****** me off to see such wastefulness. They barely did anything and get all this, and then they'll choose to do **** with it.

It just infuriates me everytime I see it. I can imagine what the other teams could do, and all the awesome possibilities!

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JoffL
JoffL

Agreed.

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Cece
Cece

I would have rather had any of the other mods up there win over DBD.

Even if its bases on a movie it doesnt add in any new gameplay, model changes, or story changes; thus it being a MAP PACK rather a MOD.

Grats to the others on their nominations and attention.

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ben72227
ben72227

Congratulations to the actual MODS that made the top five. The fact that a map pack was even eligible for this award is disgraceful, to say the least.

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce

what's up with some people saying us "fanboys" are whining that our favorite mods didn't win? whoever is saying that should be ashamed of himself and should check out those people's profile's, those guys are no "fanboys" they're the developers and modders that put hard work in their creations.

I haven't been a modder that long compared to some titans like NeoTokyo, but I can sure say that making a REAL mod with more then mapping and scripting, takes ALOT more time.

In fact an experienced mapper I have on my team, created 4 great maps in not much more then a month, but the actual mod has been in development for over 6 months.

People like you who don't know what you're talking about, should learn your places, ModDB is a place for modders, and it's the majority of those modders speaking here, along with some mod lovers, who care for more then just zombie games.

Maybe in the future DBD will make use of everything the SDK has to offer and become as much a Mod as it can bloody be, but right now it's really not much more but a map pack, a good one yes, maybe will be very different from L4D someday, but that should make it Best mod of 2009... NOT 2008 where it's still a map pack.

Ofcourse the L4D SDK isn't out yet, and you can't blame the guy who made it that it can't be a mod YET. But that doesn't mean it should be voted as mod of the year when it isn't a mod just yet.

Anyway can't blame DBD, can't really blame ModDB either, but it IS wrong and shouldn't have happened.

If you can't understand why people are mad over this then maybe you should try actually modding something that's more then a map for over half a year at the least.
Then you will realize there have been years put into other mods and only months in DBD, THEN you will understand why some of us are so ****** off by this.

/End Rant

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TheMegaMaster
TheMegaMaster

Excellent post!

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f0rqu3
f0rqu3

(buried)

repeat after me: upcoming... UPCOMING...
It is not the mod of 2008. it is the upcoming mod of 2008

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VagabondPraetor
VagabondPraetor

And?

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce

same thing, it's still an upcoming map pack, due to the 2000 character limit I had to cut some words. Saying upcoming everytime really increases the amount of characters in the text...

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f0rqu3
f0rqu3

How do you know it is just a map pack?

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce

how do you know it's not?
it's a map pack because the SDK isn't out, from video's I only see LEFT4DEAD gameplay. The only thing that represents the movie is the locations, not gameplay and characters, therefore it's just maps to be played in Left 4 Dead.

And like I said, maybe it will be more then a map pack, but that would be in 2009, and these are the 2008 awards.

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f0rqu3
f0rqu3

so if you made the maps and are waiting for the sdk, it is not an upcoming mod.
right?

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JeepRubi
JeepRubi

right

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce

and the sdk comes out in what year?
2009!

that would make it a 2009 upcoming mod.

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ChiefRyza
ChiefRyza

Put a sock in it ya wanka f0rqu3!

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Ryswick17
Ryswick17

The people voted, watcha gonna do =/

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