In this campaign you will visit the fictional city of Dawn, visit Anna's house, and of-course arrive at a carefully recreated Crossroads mall where an ever charming CJ will send you on a wild zombie hunt with custom created events and crescendo's optimized for a fast paced left 4 dead experience.

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A preview of the first custom "movie" in development for Left 4 Dead

Posted by stenchy on Nov 27th, 2008

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I just had a very interesting interview with Darth_Brush, the creator of the map, Crossroads Mall.

Anyone who has been active in the Left 4 Dead community knows about this map. This map was started in November 2005. Originally it was made for the Half-Life 2 mod, No More Room in Hell. It's been in development for 5 years and it certainly will be a great mod when it is eventually released.

As my converstation with Darth_Brush continued, he told me a lot about the map itself and what his plans are for it. He has shown me some screenshots of the map and it has grown so much since he posted the video on YouTube. got an exclusive preview of exactly how much this map has grown over the last 2 years. Lighting has been added, shops in the mall have been filled with props, some spectacular custom textures have also been added to this wonderful map. will serve as the primary and exclusive location for all updates concering this particular map. We have given our full support to have this map ported to Left 4 Dead. Darth_Brush has agreed to have us advertise in the map and a special little surprise will be coming to the Community real soon!

Furthermore, our community will have the chance to help with scripts and prop modelling.
If you have any skills you think will be useful to the development of this map, please let us know.

If you want to be updated about the development of this map, you'd better watch this space.
We will be hosting an HD video of the updated version soon. We are very excited about this map and cannot wait to see it on our servers real soon!

This work of art will be a full blown campaign. How many chapters is still being discussed... Maybe 5?

Here are some screenshots of the map. Click on them to view the full size image.

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bobmann Nov 27 2008 says:

hows a.i. nodding going that seems like it would take a long time on such a large map.

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NullSoldier Nov 27 2008 replied:

What are you talking about? There are no AI Nodes in Left 4 Dead. The zombies spawn procedurally. The only thing you have to do for the AI is add invisible solids on objects so they can use them as a climbing point.

Also, I have been following this map for awhile. Really impressive. Perhaps you might even take this further and branch this out into separate levels, or make more levels that go past the mall.

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Cece Nov 27 2008 replied:

I think thats what they are doing :)

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INtense! Nov 27 2008 replied:

it is called "part 1 enter the mall" so I suspect it will be chaptered. Amazing to see teams converting to L4D so quickly. I guess that is the benefit of having the AI already done - only need to map really.

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smokeythebear Nov 27 2008 replied:

L4D SDK isn't out yet so noone has "converted to L4D"

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Daystranger Nov 28 2008 replied:

No no.
They need AI nodes to know where to spawn and where to run\jump.

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SpragoonGeorge Nov 29 2008 replied:

they use nav meshes, and its all fairly automatic

see counter-strike bots

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Daystranger Nov 29 2008 replied:

Its not automatic.
Probably you could generate them via CS or something(L4D ingame nav_generate wont work) but they won't be as good as specialised nav meshes.
Because zombies jump further, crouch lower and just much more agile than average BOT. They can climb in windows and so on.

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Mischa_Silden Nov 27 2008 says:

Cant wait to get my hands on this puppy!

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LongBottom Nov 27 2008 says:


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KEEP_IT_UP! Nov 27 2008 says:

YEAH FINALLY! first real "custom map" for l4d so far, i think - and a amazing one, too - loved the movie! great to have it ingame soon ;)

i know i'm very early with my question, but:
what are your plans for the other maps of the "movie" ?

also nice contest-idea from ----> gogogogo FINISH IT^^

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Tokoya Nov 27 2008 says:

I'm a big fan of all the Dead movies, I got psyched when you crested the hill and the mall popped into view, fantastic work! It looks so close to the real thing, I can't wait to see the latest version

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Otreum Nov 28 2008 says:

Here is a link to the new updated map video:

Scroll down the page and you will see this poster:
This news post has information on the different "scenes"/section of the "Movie"/campaign

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BadgerDeluxe Nov 28 2008 says:

Awesome. Get this map pack out tha door! I wanna shoot some zombie heads!!

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RogerRamjet Nov 29 2008 says:

Superbly mapped, even if it is an older version.. looking forward to seeing the latest.. should be amazing...

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pyrohamster Nov 29 2008 says:

this will be awsome in vs mode

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