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No, it’s not a joke, and no, we don’t really hate mountains. “I Hate Mountains” is the name of a brand new Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 campaign made by three French friends, Nicolas "NykO18" Grevet, Marc "Moroes" Bidoul and Geoffroy "Kane" Espinasse. http://www.ihatemountains.com
Why are we doing it?
Because we friggin’ love this game. We are playing Left 4 Dead together since the early days, during the Festival du Jeu-Vidéo in Paris, in 2,008 (before the release). We played this game so much and always on the same campaigns that we believed it needed fresh new content, quickly. We were sick of playing rubbish campaigns that overlook everything and didn’t even try to create any ambiance nor any sense of fear and desolation in this creepy universe.
How are we doing it?
We are simply pushing the very limits of the Left 4 Dead engine to make room for all our ideas. You could see this as a joke, but it’s not. Some of our levels are so complex and detailed that optimizing them took entire months. We broke the limits multiple times, having too much geometry, too much dynamic stuff going on, too much animations, and so on. We are simply applying industry-standard methods in a fun and casual way, between three friends who love this game and creating stuff.
More details on the campaign
The I Hate Mountains campaign is divided into five different maps, just like Valve did with their own campaigns in Left 4 Dead 1. The difference is that our campaign is entirely nature-oriented, there’s only a few building and most of the action takes place in outdoor environments, which is a challenge to build in itself. We also focused our development on offering a better re-playability by providing several long alternate paths in the levels that can totally change the way you play it.
Forest : The survivors crashed their bus in an utility pole of this dark forest while fleeing. They must now find their way through the spooky North American mountains.
Manor : The survivors got out of the forest and must now reach the highest point of this manor and try to launch a distress call from the radio broadcasting some tape loop.
Underground : Escaped from the manor, the survivors are now fleeing through an old system of caves and tunnels running under the manor and through the mountains.
Lumberyard : Freshly escaped from this oppressing cave system, survivors are now looking for help and rescue in the lumberyard nearby where military forces set up their outpost.
Lakeside : Fleeing the now infected and desolated lumberyard, the survivors find themselves blocked by a lake and are eagerly waiting to be rescued by whoever could catch their signal.
Who are we?
Mostly people from the Portal: Prelude team.
We are three friends with a professional, a student and an amateur background of the video-game industry.
Check out our website page for more details: http://www.ihatemountains.com
Also, thanks to Vimeo for making such an incredible website which actually respects video quality.