How Did Depeche Mode Find Its Way Into Left 4 Dead 2?

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.


    That is made of absolute awesome. I might get the game, just for that now :P

    "You know, I don't wanna sound like a queer or nothin', but I think Depeche Mode is a sweet band."
    Seriously, though.. I have that t-shirt.

    Oh i def expect an easter egg of some sort.

    Zombie wearing the shirts, music playing from a CD Player from an abandoned store or something. One of the lines the character says references a song or the band. Or yes, a zombie looking strangely familiar.

    i'll get the game also for them now

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