When Valve released the anniversary update for the first Half-Life last week, it accidentally broke other games on the GoldSrc engine, and in an attempt to fix everything, it accidentally released a Left 4 Dead prototype into the public domain.
How noticed Data Miner Gabe Follower, published November 22nd Patch for Counter-Strike 1.6 For unknown reasons, it contains files for running Terror-Strike, the earliest version of Turtle Rock Studios’ legendary co-op shooter.
According to blogger Tyler McVicker, these are working libraries and DLL files from the original Terror Strike build (circa 2003) stored on Valve’s servers.
Combining these files with the Terror Strike map that was leaked in January (and fixing broken sounds and scripts) will allow users to experience the story first hand and play this early Left 4 Dead prototype.
All the hard work to release Terror-Strike has already been done by The One Epicplayer modder. Prototype assembly available as Fashion – Installation instructions included.
Terror-Strike pitted a team of up to four terrorists against counter-terrorists with knives that kept appearing on the city map of Zombie City. The task is to plant a bomb and survive the attack of bots.
Left 4 Dead was released for PC and Xbox 360 in November 2008 and received a sequel a year later. Chet Faliszek, a former Valve screenwriter and one of the game development managers, recently told us why there was such a rush.