Chainsaws, machine guns, and machetes: when it's four humans versus one thousand zombies, you have to use whatever you can get your hands on to hold back the living dead. Fans of the Left 4 Dead zombie survival video game franchise are familiar with using a variety of weapons to fend off hordes of in-your-face, fast-paced zombies.

While a third entry to the franchise has long been awaited, we recently reported that a new arcade version of Left 4 Dead is set to be released in Japan. The wait is now over to see who the four playable zombie-slaying survivors will be and what the cabinet itself looks like.

The characters in Left 4 Dead: Survivors are completely new to the franchise. They are:

  • Kudo Yusuke (CV: Kijima Ryuichi): a university student.
  • Haruka Hirose (CV: Sakura Ayane): a high school student.
  • Blake Jordan (CV: Takahashi Hidenori): a hotel bartender and Navy veteran.
  • Kirishima Sara (CV: Sawashiro Miyuki): a tour guide.

Set for an exclusive release in Japan sometime this year, it's believed that the characters in Left 4 Dead: Survivors are on vacation in a US metropolis when the zombie virus shows its teeth, creating a gameplay setting similar to the urban confines of the original Left 4 Dead.

For those unfamiliar with the franchise, the original Left 4 Dead is a zombie survival first-person shooter that follows a group of four survivors as they attempt to navigate through a city choked with fast zombies and zombified mutated creatures. The 2008 original was followed by a sequel, Left 4 Dead 2, in 2009, and fans have been craving a third entry in the series developed by Valve Corporation and Turtle Rock Studios. The Japanese arcade version of Left 4 Dead is titled Left 4 Dead: Seizansha-tach, which translates to Left 4 Dead: Survivors.

We'll keep Daily Dead readers posted on further Left 4 Dead: Survivors updates as they develop.


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    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

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