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Prerelease:Left 4 Dead

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This page details one or more prerelease versions of Left 4 Dead.


The Screamer
There's an unused piece of concept art in the game for a "Screamer" special infected. Impressively, we don't have to speculate as to what it did, as the developer commentary explains exactly how he worked and why he was cut! Thanks, Valve. You're champs!

"[Jaime Sue] The Screamer was a boss zombie who didn't have any actual attacks; he was bound in a straightjacket. You knew when he was around because of his crazed, maniacal cackling. The trick to the Screamer was that if he saw you, you had a moment to kill him before he ran away. Once the Screamer got away from the Survivors to a hiding place, he would emit a loud howling scream that would cause a huge mob of zombies to attack the Survivors. While there were several exciting moments of knowing you had to chase him down to shoot him before he screamed, dodging zombies all the way, ultimately it proved too confusing for Survivors to discover how he worked, or even to reliably notice him in the crowd. He was cut, and his horde-drawing attack eventually evolved into the Boomer attack."