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Dead Before Dawn, the replica of the Crossroads Mall from the movie Dawn of the Dead is coming to Left 4 Dead.

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Dead Before Dawn, the replica of the Crossroads Mall from the movie Dawn of the Dead (2004) is coming to Left 4 Dead. The DBD team has been working tirelessly on the campaign and has vowed not to stop until the campaign is ready for release. Previously, we stated that the estimated release date will be the 1th of July (lol). At the time of this announcement, Valve was said to release the full SDK in a week's time. That didn't happen and we were forced to postpone the release date, BUT, Valve has now confirmed that next week we will have our dirty paws on the full version of the SDK and we're ready for it. I would like to use this opportunity to give you guys a rundown of what's been happening the past few months. So let's get crackin'!


Ok as you all (should) know, the Crossroads Mall map was originally made for the Half-Life 2 Mod, No More Room in Hell. Which is back into production and for the past 8 weeks, we've had regular updates from the mod team and they are hard at work. We cover all the news from No More Room in Hell on our site as well. (Since it's Zombie related).

Myself and Darth_Brush are project lead on Dead Before Dawn (darth_brush being the godly mapper and I use my super powers in public relations and publicity to promote the campaign and various other tasks concerned to the campaign).

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Since about 3 months ago, we took a leap of faith and invited certain community members to join us in creating this mod (Yes, I said it. MOD.) As it is not a FULL mod, it is a mod in the true sense of the word. Modification.

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We have added to the team: a pro scripter/coder. His name is pshycokilla. He's creating all the events in the game, from triggers to the multiple crescendos and the gauntlets (Yes, we didnt call them guantlets until Valve did, but we had them in there for a while now). These triggers and other scripts in the campaign, ensure that you need to play the campaign at least 16 times before you have played every possible event in the campaign.

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Then we have CosmicD, the god of Muzak who's creating custom, self-made music scenes for the campaign. One which I am very fond of is the part where the players will see the mall for the first time in "real life". This made the hairs on my neck stand on end. It was truly fantastic. Every event, crescendo and gauntlet has its own music cue/clip that will definately break away from the default music from Left 4 Dead and you guys are gonna LOVE it!

Our next talented artist is 3DSteve. 3DSteve is making more custom models and he's also working is ass off on something very special for the campaign that you guys will LOVE!!! (Think exit vehicle) 3DSteve is very talented and I wish I could show you some screenies but that would give the surprise away completely!

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Miobeeno has a professional sound studio and he's a professional voice actor. He has done voice overs for many commercials and movie trialers (he sounds just like that dude from ALL the movie trailers) and he's working on the voice recording of another "player" in the campaign. This player is a big surprise to the campaign and we will not give out any more info on this matter as we feel it plays such a big role in the campaign that it would spoil a lot.

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Last, but not least, is Shinobi. Shinobi is also a pro mapper and he's working on adding more scenes from the movie to the campaign. Most of you who've seen the videos we posted, will now that there is one building in particular (other than the mall of course) that is needed in this campaign. Well, we have that building now.

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There you go, this is what we've been doing the last few months. Dead Before Dawn is not a dead project. It's gonna kick Valve's maps off the map and that's a promise.

When we release it, we will release it not as a final version, but as a beta of sorts. We all know that there are always so many things you might want to see changed, prefected, added etc. So that's what we'll be doing when we release it: Gather feedback from the community.

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Thank you guys for your ongoing support and thank you for being patient. We are still waiting for the full SDK because the beta is just filled with errors and stuff that don't work. We will be releasing it for Left 4 Dead 1 and we might do the same for Left 4 Dead 2 depeding the outcome of Valve's decision on making it DLC or not.

Enjoy the screenshots! Click on any image to view the full size.

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Afnopo
Afnopo

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You have a week before I can give less than a fly to care about for this campaign.

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StephanBotha Author
StephanBotha

We already care less of people like you who troll on free content made for you and the rest of the community. Thanks to those we do support us. You will not be disappointed

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Afnopo
Afnopo

Sup StepBrotha, I needed to get your attention, this is ImpusleDXE.

I want this Left 4 Dead mod more than any other Left 4 Dead mod, It's just I have been waiting for about 2 years now and I am getting impatient.

And I am not trolling, you obviously do not understand the difference between a personal opinion, and constant inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community. Please keep the reply's friendly.

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Ryswick17
Ryswick17

didn't l4d come out like....

9 months ago or something

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Afnopo
Afnopo

No, I saw the trailer for it before Left 4 Dead even came out, actually this was about a year before Left 4 Dead came out, I saw the first Dead Before Dawn video when it only had 200 views.

Any was that really necessary to give me negative karma? I really want to talk with StepBrotha since I have known him when Left 4 Dead mods only had like 14 members.

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Tech-Imp
Tech-Imp

Im assuming he had some issues since the SDk only came out in recent months. In one of the videos he mentioned some of the AI was off since he was using workaround for some parts. I'd assume that would be why its been so long.

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StephanBotha Author
StephanBotha

What happened to you Impulse? And I just stated my opinion just like you did. If you had your facts straight, you would know that the mall was originally intended for a HL2 mod called No More Room in Hell. It was never meant for Left 4 Dead. In December last year, I contacted Darth_Brush and offered my help to make this a campaign for Left 4 Dead. The mall has been worked on for over 5 years. The rest of the campaign only since December last year. Add me to Steam or come back to our forums. Some of your posts are still active lol.

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Afnopo
Afnopo

Yea, I'm on vacation right now, so I can't at the moment. But I'm working on 3 mods, one of them being for Left 4 Dead, so I was probably going to be heading that way eventually.

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foxhole2
foxhole2

fgdfbfvbxwfaffdf

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SubZero1337
SubZero1337

Meh, looks ****...Go ahead burry my comment :)

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride

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Exactly. It's going to take 30 minutes to beat, and not achieve much success, so you might as well get it over with. :P

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StephanBotha Author
StephanBotha

How would you know? You haven't even played it. You're such a tool

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cadoangelus
cadoangelus

you ingrate...this mod has taken years to develop and prepare

anyone who doesn't commend the entire team is damn right disrespectful, it takes a hell of a lot of dedication to do something like this

i'm looking forward to it, soooooooooooooooooooooooo much. love Dawn of the Dead, gonna love this...keep up the good work guys

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LongBottom
LongBottom

Ehm?

"Valve has now confirmed that next week we will have our dirty paws on the full version of the SDK and we're ready for it"

Last I checked on planet Earth the L4D SDK is already released. (and not beta!)

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Danboe
Danboe

Nah, the source code hasn't been released. :(

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride

That won't be released...it's been stated by Valve.

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Dra6o0n
Dra6o0n

More like "won't be released till L4D2 comes out" lol!

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride

No, no Source games Source Code has been given out...only the SDK. Software Development kit which gives you the tools to create content for it, but yeah.

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Hfett
Hfett

I dont know if the source will be released, the sdk is out already...

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Draken101
Draken101

Blargh, it's not an SDK without the source code. That's why they called it Authoring tools :V

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saivert
saivert

do you need source code to make maps, models, textures and sounds? I think not. There is no SDK for Left 4 Dead. Authoring tools is already out, maybe some people don't think it's complete yet and I'm sure Valve will add more to the authoring tools in the future (some parts is still missing I've heard).

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Ryswick17
Ryswick17

looking awesome

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Ballsopt
Ballsopt

It's high time you guys release this mod. -_o

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FireyLies
FireyLies

another player I'm thinking Andy the gun store owner across the way, am I close?

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StephanBotha Author
StephanBotha

Almost :)

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GNARKILL000
GNARKILL000

Great update. I have a feeling that the last campaign is the Crossroads Mall transport bus getaway, and possibly Andy's Gun Sore with Andy as a special quest. Just a hunch.

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Dra6o0n
Dra6o0n

Is it possible to have a finale where you are driven away from the mall in the armored bus, and you can mount a minigun on top to shoot along the way? The survivors are then tested to see if they got what it takes to get to the docks.

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StephanBotha Author
StephanBotha

Hi guys,

This news post was posted a while ago on our site. I completely forgot to post it here.

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Nuclear3D
Nuclear3D

The comments here are disgraceful they make a kickass campain and almost every comments is saying you better release or it doesnt matter because it wont work you guys are ******* rediculous thank you for the mod i cant wait to play

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Lucífer
Lucífer

Screw everyone who has something negative to say about this, I can't wait to play it.

Oh! Oh! Let's assume the negative people are console gamers. =]

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Tex1090
Tex1090

Let's not because not of all of us are negative. The few giving negative comments are just trolls.

Anyways, campaign looks great, been following it from the start. Can't wait to get my hands on it.

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[Night_Stalker]
[Night_Stalker]

What's wrong with console gamers? I'm a console and a PC gamer.

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Tex1090
Tex1090

Right there with ya, a lot of big PC people tend to look at people who play console games as "little kids". Sadly the many that voice themselves are indeed, the little kids.

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BuZZeR
BuZZeR

Looks very cool! ;)

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Nemesis@zombotec
Nemesis@zombotec

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Ok gais im a fair guy so im not going to troll.
Lets just say that your map is the most wanted map for l4d ever and i cant wait for it.
So /b/uddys keep up the good work and dont dissapoint me coz anon is unforgiveful and hes waiting for this since your first word about that map.

Ps: wtf *chan is down what is going on there? did someone called the fbi?
goddamn 7chan i knew that this **** cant keep ther **** by there selfs

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Minuit
Minuit

A true "doing it wrong" moment if there ever was one.

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Kasumi Krystal
Kasumi Krystal

You can call this L4D2 and download some skins of fps banana and then do it like valve and relase it for 1000$$$

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ScreamingGerbil
ScreamingGerbil

Can't wait to try this out. Good luck!

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BcForCe
BcForCe

These map looks Reallly really cool XD! i have to say it looks beter then the default maps in my opinion XD im already looking at the pics devising survival spots XD

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Silent_Predator
Silent_Predator

Looks good guys - should be an awesome campaing, I do love the movie so It'll be great to test my metal as a survivor. "we got us a twitcher!"

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3pidemiC
3pidemiC

Hey...it's NMRiH's "City of Dawn".

Heh heh.

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride

Well, we've already known he was a Thief for awhile. NMRiH Team already condemned him for stealing maps when he left, giving them to ZP:S.(Who gave one of them back, and their Source Code which caused the delay, thanks for that Darth Brush, but it also ended up helping them when Tats somehow ended up with it.)

Overall, I have no respect for this man who is a liar, a cheat, a thief, ect. Even if this was a good Camp, it wouldn't matter. I cannot enjoy something stolen. It's like if Hitler made a really great Cake or something, it'd still suck because it was made by Hitler. :P

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StephanBotha Author
StephanBotha

That's rich. Who do you think made all the maps for NMRiH back in the day?

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Tex1090
Tex1090

You are aware Darth_Brush made many of the maps for NMRiH right? Including the Crossroads Mall? Far as I can tell, he isn't stealing **** and is instead working on his own huge project.

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Hfett
Hfett

Will that map be also included in NmRIH? Cause it NmRIH is ever released it will probably be better than l4d

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Afnopo
Afnopo

Lol, what?

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Joel8160
Joel8160

Alright!! Dead before Dawn is almost here!!!

Francis: I hate malls!

Me: Amen to that brother!

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badtrane
badtrane

OMG OMG!!! I cant wait, and when it will be out i will love it for sure :D
Many thanks for this great job!!! ^^

BTW: Hi Stephan, im from L4Dmods.com too.

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GNARKILL000
GNARKILL000

Darth Brush stole nothing, He and his friends have been working on this map for a long time now and NMRiH was left in the dust so long ago. He made it so he ultimately has say for what he does with it, that is just the way it is, if the mod team does not like it them why don't they kick him out. Oh wait he is about 95% of NMRiH, and now they are such a bad team I have no faith in that mod, this is pretty much the only light that has come out of NMRiH.

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Jesternz08
Jesternz08

Looks good :), keep up the good work.

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