It takes a seriously quality Western game to succeed on the Japanese arcade scene, one which is dominated by games developed within the country’s own borders. In recent memory, the indie fighting game Skullgirls is the only game which has really had a chance to shine, but it is about to get another recognizable name to join it, Valve’s popular zombie series Left 4 Dead.
It sounds like an absolutely ridiculous endeavor, and trust me it is, but Left 4 Dead: Survivors is indeed a real thing. It is being developed by Taito as a joint venture with Valve. In fact, the two companies teamed up back in 2006 to transform Half-Life 2 into an arcade game called Half-Life: Survivor. I’ve never heard of it and have never played it, but I can’t check out of this world without playing it at least once.
Outside of a really silly live action trailer and single advertisement blip, nothing else is known about Left 4 Dead: Survivors. Light-gun games in Japanese arcades are still incredibly popular, so I am thinking you can expect a Time Crisis or House of the Dead style title. It will be available through Taito’s NESiCA.net online arcade network, which also powers popular hits like Persona 4 Arena and Gunslinger Stratos.
I’ll keep an eye out for a cabinet, and I’ll let you know what I think. Sorry it’s not Left 4 Dead 3.