Left 4 Dead: Arcade Edition's Four New Japanese Survivors Revealed

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Left 4 Dead: Arcade Edition's Four New Japanese Survivors Revealed

Of course, one of the new survivors in Japan-exclusive Left 4 Dead: Survivors is a Japanese schoolgirl.

Earlier in the month, Valve and Japanese arcade maker Taito announced that they would be bringing the iconic zombie shoot-em-up - Left 4 Dead, to Japanese arcades. In order to appeal more to the folks of Japan, the cast of the game has been changed from Left 4 Dead 1 and 2's members to a new group that hails from Japan. Of course, since the game is still utilizing the same maps (albeit, modified versions), from the original games, which are set in the United States, the story goes that thew four new survivors are Japanese residents vacationing in America when the outbreak hits.

The new heroes, which you can check out below, are (left to right) American bartender and ex-marine Jordan Blake (presumably from one of Japan's US military bases), university student Yusuke Kudo (who has a very "baseball player" look about him), half-American, half-Japanese tour guide Sara Kirishima and of course, high school student Hirose Haruka.

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The cast is certainly a lot younger than we're used to, but given that Japanese gamers often prefer stories about young people growing up, it makes sense.

The Square Enix and Valve collaboration will hit Japanese arcades next weekend, though there's no word on if it will ever make it back to the US.

Source: Joystiq

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Give the modding community three days and we won't need a port to North America.

Soviet Heavy:
Give the modding community three days and we won't need a port to North America.

3 days, pfft, I say 24hrs at MOST, if it's not done already lol.

I was hoping for more outrageous hairstyles but eh. :/

Also, is the game's title a jab at Capcapom?

hey, bring it to America, unless you somehow hate money and success.

martyrdrebel27:
hey, bring it to America, unless you somehow hate money and success.

This is valve your talking about, they ALREADY have money and success in excessive amounts

lol, im sure you can have these mods for free. damn, you can already play as lara croft. should maybe play this game again. has been ages since i have played it.

Why am i not surprised that at least one of the characters had to be a schoolgirl complete with the schoolgirl outfit.

I'm just gonna step in and pre-emptively shush anyone who makes a joke about the schoolgirl and the Smoker.

OT: Apart from said schoolgirl, I really like these designs. I'm a fan of simple and straightforward looks, which Valve is generally pretty good at. These guys certainly feel like L4D characters, but manage to get a bit of anime influence as well. Look at the second guy's chin. I hope that translates well to the actual in-game model. And I'm surprised there wasn't an arcade version of L4D before, it'd work brilliantly.

I was half expecting something like a Highschool of the Dead arcade game. That would be... bizarre, just like it's source material. The interplay of horrific gore and ridiculous fanservice was always kind of an odd one for me.

Gearhead mk2:
I'm just gonna step in and pre-emptively shush anyone who makes a joke about the schoolgirl and the Smoker.

Damnit that's the first thing I thought of when I saw that one of the characters was a schoolgirl.

OT: No reason not to bring it to the rest of the world, a new Left 4 Dead would be welcome at this point.

I was immediately reminded of


For better or for worse.

I also find it kind of interesting and funny that for all the bitching us US gamers do about the "Generic white brown haired tough military American guy," the Japanese decided they wanted a Generic white brown haired tough military American guy.

Trailer looks great, but my only issue is their lack of attempt to try and incorporate new features other than new characters, which you really get close to nothing out of.

You can't see your own; the map is always dark, so it'd be hard to see the others; but you do get new voices and personalities though, which is what set 2 apart from 1 at the end of the day.

Who knows, maybe it'll bring in a whole new air to the game.

Trust a japanese product to have the odd broken english sentence like "run and shot" or "zombie and zombie and zombies"

Urgh76:

Yes, dear god yes. I was expecting the first Anime refrence to be brought up would be Highschool of the dead but this one just makes me so much happier.

So, being an arcade game, how does the gameplay differ?

What an incredibly generic cast.

I mean, the original survivors were already pretty generic, but I guess I kinda got used to them and, well, they had some pretty defined personalities, especially the L4D2 cast.

This one... good grief, I didn't know japanese liked generic people on their games, wich kinda contradicts the fact that most people like generic dudes here too...

AARRRGGGHHHH!!!!, I don't know what else to say! >.<'

zombiejoe:
So, being an arcade game, how does the gameplay differ?

Probably not much. Since L4D's various game modes are already rather arcade-dy.

kajinking:

Urgh76:

Yes, dear god yes. I was expecting the first Anime refrence to be brought up would be Highschool of the dead but this one just makes me so much happier.

I'm going to make you even more excited.

Imagine this new character takes on her entire personality.

"Mitch, let him bite you, we need to see the results!"

"Fascinating how these creatures work..."

Along with cutscenes of her getting an inch away from zombies faces, nearly getting eaten each time, but a smile of wonder plastered on her face.

We need to make this happen now. This Hanji-Zoe character shall be the new and improved Ellis, but without the redneck jokes

Based on that video, I really couldn't see a difference between the Left 4 Dead's and this game, other than the really obnoxious voice acting.

But since this is Valve we're talking about, I'm sure it's destined to make all of the dollars.

Japanese port of a game. Cast changed to appeal to japanese demographic. Being marketed to japanese gamers.

One of the characters still ends up being a handsome white US Marine. There's a joke somewhere in there, I just can't quite see it yet.

Witch: "g-go away, its not like i want to kill you or anything... B-BAKA!"

and have you seen HL2's arcade? crazy stuff

but well, if it means more people get to enjoy that gaming masterpiece, great

I don't particularly like the schoolgirl design. It seems out of place in a zombie apocalypse, and they've used that stupid toes-pointing-inwards pose. I've tried standing like that and it's uncomfortable. Much more comfortable to have your feet parallel or pointing slightly outwards.

With regards to availability outside Japan, I suppose Valve could release a free mod for Left 4 Dead 1 or 2 on Steam, or maybe make it DLC for one of the games. Valve does seem to have a pretty good track record regarding free DLC, after all.

This may just be me, but I'm disappointed that for the white guy, they didn't go with a non native Japanese speaker (at least the trailer sounded like it was nothing but native speakers).

To me anyway, that would have been interesting.

With the Valve rumor mill regarding them finally learning to count to 3, how much you guys want to bet this is preemptive advertisement for Left 4 Dead 3?

Darks63:
Why am i not surprised that at least one of the characters had to be a schoolgirl complete with the schoolgirl outfit.

Dude, it's Japan. I will be surprised if there are no tentacle monsters.

008Zulu:

Darks63:
Why am i not surprised that at least one of the characters had to be a schoolgirl complete with the schoolgirl outfit.

Dude, it's Japan. I will be surprised if there are no tentacle monsters.

I make fun of Japan also, but to be fair I do give them some credit for creating science fiction and fantasy, and they have done things set in the US fairly well in the past. Given that this game is set in the US, with the Japanese Cast apparently visiting the US on vacation when things go down, I cannot fathom why this Japanese girl would be wearing a Japanese school uniform on vacation in another country. I mean fine, by all means insert a young girl, young girls are popular, all cultures use them for games and other media, but the school uniform is a bit over the top.

I'm guessing the "usual action hero" thing is because the American bartender is supposed to be a US Native and not also vacationing with them. They went with the stereotypical American appearance because that's what people expect from American video game tough guys, even over there.

That said, I do hope Valve is joking about the school girl outfit... I mean really... it is a cute look, and can be made to fit in with a lot of things, but this is not one of them. At least "High School Of The Dead" took place in Japan and the characters started out escaping from a high school that was in session when the zombies attacked, explaining why they were wearing uniforms.

I'm also guessing Japan probably already has some version of Left 4 Dead and really the whole point of this is some port intended to work out of an arcade cabinet and munch money, so I'm guessing it's even deadlier, and might have something like diminishing health on a timer (ala Gauntlet) or whatever to encourage people to keep feeding the machine.

I kinda giggled when I saw "Run and Shot" I instantly thought "Yep... I'ts Japanese alright". But you know even more that it can't be a Japanese game without some sort of "American army dude" as a character.

Darks63:
Why am i not surprised that at least one of the characters had to be a schoolgirl complete with the schoolgirl outfit.

Who's all breathless and moan-y. Kind of adds to the creep factor, but in the wrong sort of way.

Aerosteam:
I was hoping for more outrageous hairstyles but eh. :/

Not every anime has insane hairstyles. I wouldn't even go so far as to say that most do.

Also, is the game's title a jab at Capcapom?

Left 4 Dead: Survivors? I don't get how that's a jab at Capcom. o.O

WhiteTigerShiro:

Aerosteam:
I was hoping for more outrageous hairstyles but eh. :/

Not every anime has insane hairstyles. I wouldn't even go so far as to say that most do.

I know that, but one can always hope.

Also, is the game's title a jab at Capcapom?

Left 4 Dead: Survivors? I don't get how that's a jab at Capcom. o.O

Well shit, I thought the game was called "Arcade Edition".

Sir Thomas Sean Connery:
I also find it kind of interesting and funny that for all the bitching us US gamers do about the "Generic white brown haired tough military American guy," the Japanese decided they wanted a Generic white brown haired tough military American guy.

I guess they needed someone on the cast of player characters who has a valid excuse for being able to use firearms as well as the player characters will be in the game.

tangoprime:

Sir Thomas Sean Connery:
I also find it kind of interesting and funny that for all the bitching us US gamers do about the "Generic white brown haired tough military American guy," the Japanese decided they wanted a Generic white brown haired tough military American guy.

I guess they needed someone on the cast of player characters who has a valid excuse for being able to use firearms as well as the player characters will be in the game.

Fair point.

It is a bit perplexing that a small asian schoolgirl would be able to effectively use a semi-automatic shotgun.

You know the decision to have this happen was done by that one Valve employee with the traffic cone on his head.

You know the one I'm talking about.

Sir Thomas Sean Connery:
I was immediately reminded of


For better or for worse.

I also find it kind of interesting and funny that for all the bitching us US gamers do about the "Generic white brown haired tough military American guy," the Japanese decided they wanted a Generic white brown haired tough military American guy.

Why is that funny? Our chief export is generic white haired tough military american guy.

OT: I'm sort of disappointed. I would hope to see a complete overall with Japanesecana everywhere. But it just looks like a language localization and player models switched. I mean I guess it's not important since they aren't exactly selling it boxed as a new game but this looks like something a patent infringing Chinese company would put out on hong kong shelves. Little disappointed...

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