The zombie apocalypse isn't where one expects to find product placement, so it was a little surprising to see Rochelle, one of the new Survivors in Left 4 Dead 2, sporting a pink Depeche Mode t-shirt.
Surely, I thought, when first seeing the band's likeness and logo emblazoned on her tee, that wouldn't last very long. But that Depeche Mode cameo is intentional and it's authorised. Chet Faliszek, co-lead and writer on Left 4 Dead 2, says that Valve solicited bands and record labels for the sequel, but Depeche Mode was one of the few who responded.
And it appears they responded in a big way, with Faliszek explaining to us at Comic-Con that the band was very free with letting Valve use its likeness, its audio recordings, and, obviously, its t-shirts in the game. Faliszek didn't expand on how, or if, Depeche Mode would be employed beyond the outfit of the "cool 80s chick," but we're hoping for a well-hidden cameo.
We'll definitely be on the look out for any zombies that even slightly resemble Dave Gahan, just in case.