Valve have stated that they’re looking for ways to bring PC Left 4 Dead 2 mods to Xbox 360, but don’t hold your breath.
Speaking exclusively to Official Xbox Magazine, Valve went on record saying that they would like to make user created campaigns (using the free editing tools in the PC version) available to Xbox users. While PC users would get the new content for free though Xbox users would have to pay.
Xbox Live isn’t set up like that
There has long been a fight between developers who want to give away content and Microsoft making users pay for it. This isn’t (specifically) because Microsoft are evil (well…) but partly because they don’t want to waste their bandwidth on players downloading items they’re not going to use.
MS was slated for not allowing Unreal Tournament mods, where-as PS3 users were able to access new content. This was because Playstation charges developers for every download made but MS don’t (it also may have been because you got them through the PC rather than PSN though I guess). Regardless MS have shot down plans for Left 4 Dead 1 DLC being free as well as requests from developers Bethesda and Epic, so any new DLC Left 4 Dead 2 receives will most likely be paid for.
This isn’t all bad news though as mods will most likely go through a Valve filtering process, improving and bug fixing the campaigns that make it to Xbox plus they want to work out a method where the money goes to the developer of the mod.
We’ll have to filter them, we can’t allow any copyrighted materials, so it’s going to have to go through a process. But we’re hoping perhaps we can shepherd the really popular campaigns onto 360. And you know, if they are a paid system, perhaps that could go back to the authors. I think that would be a great story
Personally I’d pay for modders’ campaigns if it meant that somebody else had filtered through the raft of terrible ones that are sure to come out. What do you other Xbox owners think?