Left 4 Dead 2 Cinematic Trailer Leaked

He's probably saying something witty.

A Left 4 Dead 2 cinematic trailer has leaked upon the internets, spotted by Evil Avatar and Shacknews. And you’ll maybe not fall out of your chair in shock to learn: it’s a bit good. It’s below.

Clearly as a leak this isn’t the high quality version Valve would want us to be seeing first, but it’s good enough, and it’s damned funny. And super-gross. Man, the bit with the chainsaw. It’s a clever balance of threatening zombie movie themes and well timed humour. Less slapstick than the TF2 animations, more focused on the severity of the situation and the humour that’s born out of that. Have a look for yourself:

152 Comments

  1. Duffin says:

    Boycotting it.

    • Psychopomp says:

      HORSE DEAD

      STICK DOWN

    • Duffin says:

      Boycott disbanded.

    • Lobotomist says:

      L4D2 you are going down!

      Boycott !!!!

    • SirDorius says:

      They promised free DLC for the the L4D intro!

    • Vinraith says:

      At this point I have to agree with Psychopomp, put the stick down and walk away. Everyone’s learned whatever lesson (right or wrong) they’re going to learn from the L4D issue by now, I sincerely doubt anyone is going to change anyone’s mind.

  2. kwyjibo says:

    It’s no way as cool as the opening intro to the original.

  3. Matt Spence says:

    Found an HD download at IGN – link to ve3d.ign.com

    Great trailer, linked it a a friend and he’s actually holding off watching it until release so he can say ‘awesome I’m about to play this’ silly fool.

  4. Psychopomp says:

    inb4southerners are annoying

    • Psychopomp says:

      Also, I am in love with every character but Rochelle, now.

    • Captain Bland says:

      Really? I think Nick is probably my least favourite, and this endears me to him a bit.. Also, Ellis benefitted alot from the trailer. In my head he was in danger of being too similar to Loius. I think my order of preference will be: Rochelle, Ellis, Coach, Nick.

  5. Okami says:

    happy happy happy

  6. SH4RKY says:

    Oh funk yes. This is gonna be ace. The first is still great fun, but new guns, areas and tactics are alll good. cant wait.

  7. ChaosSmurf says:

    Is it just me or does this imply that there’s a cinematic at the end/beginning of each campaign? I don’t see this being the intro anyway.

    • Duffin says:

      I wouldn’t guess so.. it’s too long for that. Theres only one cinematic with L4D1 and thats just set in No Mercy, so nothing odd about this.

    • Psychopomp says:

      I think they said something about optional cutscenes before and after each campaign, awhile back.

      I may be wrong, though.

    • ChaosSmurf says:

      It just seems like an awful lot of WHAT HAPPENED NEXT clips for some random trailer they threw together. Like the first bits are the intro, and the bit with Coach throwing the can of oil looks like the finale they mentioned in latest PCG.

  8. Steelfists says:

    Looks like Stavros Xanthis will soon be up for promotion again.

    • VelvetFistIronGlove says:

      Yeah, he’s been doing awesome work. It’s a shame Robin couldn’t have fired Gabe too, but he owned too many shares–so at least Robin paid to send him to the other side of the world.

  9. Rinox says:

    Looks AWESOME

  10. DMcCool says:

    Did nothing to get me exicted about the setting, that said the new infected look great. I’m not a boycotter but really, this is too soon after Left 4 Dead for me to be buying another almost indentical game, which slightly less likable characters. (Other than Uncle Phil)

    • Catastrophe says:

      Agreed, i’ll probs wait until the price has went down a bit, if at all.

  11. Morti says:

    Someone needs to make an all-melee mod to L4D2.

  12. cyrenic says:

    I hate planes.

  13. Stupoider says:

    Loved it. :>

  14. bbot says:

    Why did I say meh after watching this?

    The L4D intro learn-a-matic was, terribly overused word, epic, but this seems a whole lot less focused. I don’t know.

    Maybe the HD version will be better, once I get home and to a computer that can handle it.

  15. Arathain says:

    It’s a good thing I already pre-ordered, or I’d just have pre-ordered. That saved me some money, eh?

    • GammaRay says:

      A penny spent is a penny not spent on something else later?

  16. Dead Fish says:

    Wow, I like this even more than Meet the Spy! Valve best cinematic so far, imo.

    Cant’ wait, oh man…

  17. EthZee says:

    Bbot, this looks less like the learn-a-matic from L4D one and more like a trailer for the game as a whole. I’d expect (hope) that the intro/intros for L4D2 are more focused.

    This is the awesome compilation. Me like.

  18. Alexander Norris says:

    I don’t think this is the intro so much as just a CGI promo trailer? It seems awfully showcase-ish and uneducational for a Valve intro.

  19. Nish says:

    kill
    all
    sons
    of
    bitches

  20. TheLordHimself says:

    Valve know how to make a trailer.

  21. Tei says:

    This one video is AWESOME. Still I like the first one more.. why?. The first one was like a classic, a instaclassic video. 11/10. This one is 9.9/10.

  22. Goa says:

    Awesome.

  23. Lobotomist says:

    Its a shame that they forfeit great characters of L4D for another set of honestly “meh” characters.

    Probably because if they used old characters, they could not justify why the game is not sold as expansion….

    • Stupoider says:

      Personal opinion, Lobotomist. I, and many others, find them great! Sure they aren’t the old survivors, but I’m really not fussed at all, I like these folks.

    • jRides says:

      While I will miss the original 4, Francis especially, this game has Uncle Phil! Uncle Phil!

  24. Vinraith says:

    It’s undeniable that Valve knows how to make one hell of a trailer, and “this used to be a nice neighborhood” got a chuckle.

  25. Angel Dust says:

    Man that was great cheesy fun! And while I love the original survivors and hope to see them again, I’m warming to these guys. I quite like the southern accents and it’s nice to have them in a context other than “the bigoted redneck”.

  26. Railick says:

    Would it not be sweat if there was a level where each character started off in their home? It could be called Outbreak! And each character starts in their own home location (maybe the coach and school so on) and they have to fight their way through the sudden zombie hoards as those around them are eatten alive and turned into zombies before their very eyes, using whatever weapons they can find until they all reach a safe zone together (Which is where the next epsidoe would start off at) I Think that would be HAWESOME
    For example The Coach is standing there with his school Principle who is talking about letting him go if the team doesn't start to win some more matches soon, The coach is upset that he is about to lose his life time job just went everything is put into context by a crazy hoard of zombies breaking into the skool and killing everyone (it would be late after hours so no kids there still and it would be a high school so even if there were kids they'd be older) He has to take maybe a baseball bat or whatever and fight his way through the still pretty thin group of zombies and find his way to a central location where the other characters can meet up and face one last wave of zombies from all directions.

    Shadowcat “It hammers at my retinas like an evil woodpecker of pure energy”

    • Catastrophe says:

      That would be awesome, but it couldn’t include infected specials as it would be too hard.

  27. Lafinass says:

    Does anyone actually believe these ‘leaks’ are actually unintentional?

    Nothing gets more attention than something that is illicitly obtained.

  28. MacBeth says:

    Oh my

  29. Jon says:

    TRAILER NOT CUTSCENE FOOLS

    Also, c’mon, the characters are great. You vastly overstate the merit of the first four.

    • Vinraith says:

      It’s an extremely small component of my disinterest in the game, but I really liked Bill. There’s no one in this group I’m half as interested in playing as I was in playing Bill.

    • Arathain says:

      I feel much the same way about Louis. I always play as Louis if I can. There’s something about a man who keeps his shirt and tie in a world like his.

      On the other hand, I’m really looking forward to getting to know these folks, especially after this trailer.

    • DarkNoghri says:

      I’ve always much preferred Francis. I finally decided why, a while back: he’s Jayne from Firefly.

      For some reason I’ve never liked Louis though. It always bugged me that he screamed more like a girl than Zoey did.

  30. Phase says:

    I actually really like these new characters. I get the feel that they’re going through hard times, and that everything is going downhill for them. The original characters are terrific, don’t get me wrong, but you know what I don’t hate?

    I don’t hate these new guys.

  31. Phydaux says:

    Wow, what an incredibly mediocre trailer.

    I wanted to get L4D but I didn’t get it when it was released, I thought about getting it when it was cheap, but missed out (I was on holiday or something) so I thought I’d wait until it was cheap again. Then they announced L4D2, so I thought I’d wait for that. But the more I see the more I think I should just lest this series pass me by.

    Dead Rising 2 is out soon, I can get my zombie fill there.

  32. Tei says:

    so… theres now TWO womens???

    I used to play with Zoey as the last women in the world.

    this could only end one way: BITCHFIGHT

  33. Mad Doc MacRae says:

    I liked this more than L4D1’s intro, honestly.

  34. Ford Dent says:

    Was that a zombie clown? Because I am pretty sure I saw a zombie clown.

  35. SirDorius says:

    I was afraid the new cast would suck, but they seem ok at this point. Especially the smart mouth business guy. I may buy L4D2 after all…

  36. Jorlin says:

    I played the demo of the first one and it was just shooting Zombies in the face. Sure… it might be more fun doing this as a team of real mates… but in the end it just boils down to running, more Zombies without AI (you might call AI here: just putting more and more enemies on the screen) and shooting… This trailer does not convince me that there is any more to it… I really hope that this fails (although I already know it will not)… I hope that Valve is working on some awesome stuff regarding a “smart” FPS… (I do not want to mention HL – which I obviously did right now – but that is sort of what I am looking forward to when thinking of valve…)

    • Tei says:

      Zombies aren’t not smart. I mean, if theres a “realitic AI” for zombies sould be walk slowly in straighline to a survivor to eat his brains.

      But I get what you mean. You want a different game. And no. This is a sequel. If you want something that feel different, buy a different game :-/

    • Vinraith says:

      It definitely falls into the category of “frantic action shooter.” How much fun you get out of it will entirely depend on how long you find that kind of thing entertaining, and how many friends you have that also play the game.

      If you’re only in to “thinky” shooters, it’s almost certainly not worth your while.

    • Inanimotioon says:

      You sir, need to try playing VS. mode.

    • Vinraith says:

      Ugh. Unless you have seven friends, versus is representative of the very worst online shooter communities have to offer. Also, it forces you to spend half your time playing the infected, which is an unpleasant chore IMO. Even with all that, it's not all that thoughtful either, certainly not in the sense of a game like Half Life (let alone a real tactical shooter).

    • Arathain says:

      As a counter to this, I spend most of my L4D time (and I still play regularly) in Versus, playing with pick-up groups. While there are surely days I can’t log onto a server without finding unpleasant folk, or those who will not work together, I enjoy the majority of games I play, and the people I play them with. I love playing as the Infected- the camaraderie is usually better, and there’s a real art to a successful attack.

      As an aside, I’ll take poor players who talk to you over competent but silent players any time. Communication being so important, I tend to win the former sort of games slightly more often.

  37. Stense says:

    Mmmmmm, chocolate helicopters. Can I get a flake with that?

  38. Railick says:

    What sort of AI do you expect zombies to have Jorlin? They come after you what else are they suposed to do?

  39. fulis says:

    It’s good? That’s not what I thought

  40. Rudolfo says:

    where did the rps discussion style go when talking about l4d, or any valve game really? Everyone’s degenerating into saying “I hate it” or the opposite…
    that said, I liked the style of it. The pace wasn’t great except for the elevator scene.

  41. Inanimotioon says:

    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG BUY

  42. Dave says:

    Reloading!

  43. Ben L. says:

    None of the accents sound genuine. I always said the South was the perfect place to stage a zombie apocalypse though.

    • Vinraith says:

      I thought the “mechanic” character (I can’t help but mentally call him Cooter) had a fairly grating accent, but the others seemed fine to me.

    • Psychopomp says:

      I can’t stress enough, that people from Louisiana actually sound like that.

    • yutt says:

      I love these comments. You can *never* have in accent in a video game without someone claiming it isn’t “genuine”. As if there aren’t vast variations in regional accents. The voice actors could be from Louisiana and have lived there their entire life, and you’d still get a dozen people in forums claiming the accent wasn’t genuine.

      Better yet are non-Americans complaining about TF2 accents. As if they were supposed to represent actual accents rather than caricatures. Guess what? Most Americans don’t sound like the Soldier either! That’s the point.

      Gah!

    • Ben L. says:

      Well, perhaps. I’ve not had much experience with Louisiana accents in particular. In Georgia at least the drawl is generally much more pronounced.

    • Psychopomp says:

      We had far too many Katrina victims around here, for me *not* to know what they sound like.

  44. Herve says:

    You will really miss one, no TWO really great games then!!!!

  45. Herve says:

    Sorry my last post was a reply to Phydaux ;)

  46. army of none says:

    This was rather different than the first trailer. Amazing, but more in the sense of a movie trailer with segments from different parts, humor and drama mixed in, whereas the first trailer was pseudo-tutorial-drama-coherent-plot.

    This was the first time I’ve really paid attention to the characters, too, and it’s good to see they’re pretty personable people as well.

    WANT GAME NOAW.

  47. Pundabaya says:

    They aren’t zombies. Zombies shamble, they don’t run. THIS IS SCIENTIFIC FACT!

    • Stupoider says:

      Yep, they’re actually Infected. Most people just call them zombies though, for simplicity.

  48. Lack_26 says:

    Nick is definitely my favourite character out of the new four, despite him getting a fairly low amount of air-time. Also, it was an excellent trailer, loved the stairs quip.

  49. Po0py says:

    I like this. It has great sense of story and place. Shows off a great kind of survivor vibe. I hope we get more of that kind of passive survivor storytelling that always seems to hint at stuff that is going on in the rest of the town. I think the original L4D was good at it but only ever skimmed the surface of what was possible with that kind of storytelling.

    Ultimately, though, I would like to see a kind of open world Left 4 Dead where you have this sprawling city full of zombies with multiple escape route options where you and your friends can just explore and find different clues that might lead you to more objectives that will eventually lead you to a finale and rescue. I think a game like that is very possible and Valve should give it a shot. These episodes still only touch the surface of what is possible with this kind of survivor gameplay. Valve should get on it before someone else does.

    • Psychopomp says:

      “Ultimately, though, I would like to see a kind of open world Left 4 Dead where you have this sprawling city full of zombies with multiple escape route options where you and your friends can just explore and find different clues that might lead you to more objectives that will eventually lead you to a finale and rescue.”

      You haven’t listened to the L4D commentary, have you?

    • Po0py says:

      No I haven’t Maybe I should. You kind of know that that is the direction Valve will ultimately take with the series. I suppose it is the next big step.

    • Lack_26 says:

      That’s what they originally had, but it didn’t work, hence they went for the more linear experience of L4D 1.