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Valve buys Left 4 Dead developer

Turtle Rock Studios now part of the happy Half-Life house

Valve has acquired Turtle Rock Studios, the developer currently working on the ace-looking, Source-powered zombie shooter Left 4 Dead.

It means that Left 4 Dead, due for release this year, becomes a wholly owned Valve property.

"Left 4 Dead fills a long-standing demand gamers have had for a co-op first-person action experience, and it will also help Valve's expansion into the console market," added Doug Lombardi, Valve's VP of marketing.

Left 4 Dead was originally announced in November 2006 and finds a small band of humans (the Survivors) battling zombie hordes and nasty mutated beings - collectively known as the Infected - which have overrun the game's urban battlegrounds. Players will be able to play as both the Survivors and the Infected.

More on the game here.

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