Valve will release the Left 4 Dead 2 beta build to a wider audience next week, allowing anyone who already owns the title to play the version of the game where the developer performs testing. In addition to gaining access to the Extended Mutation System in the Left 4 Dead 2 beta build, users can also test the Linux version of the game.
The Left 4 Dead 2 beta build — a separate download from the main game — will begin appearing next week in the Steam library of those who own the commercially released version. It only connects to other players participating in the beta and to beta servers, Valve notes, and players who are bandwidth constrained "might want to wait for the changes to move to the main game."
Left 4 Dead 2 was one of the first Valve games announced for Linux support,...
Valve and Capcom will merge their zombie-infested worlds in an upcoming crossover between the PC versions of Resident Evil 6 and Left 4 Dead 2.
The Resident Evil 6 x Left 4 Dead 2 project will add the four survivors of Left 4 Dead 2 — Coach, Nick, Ellis and Rochelle — to Resident Evil 6's PC-exclusive mode The Mercenaries No Mercy. Resident Evil 6 for PC will also add two Left 4 Dead special infected, the Witch and a miniature version of the Tank, to its stable of enemies. The Left 4 Dead 2 content for RE6 will be available to download for free starting April 5.
The Windows PC version of Resident Evil 6 will be released March 22.
Valve's Left 4 Dead 2 will also see some additions as part of the collaboration, with three of Resident Evil 6's enemies — Lepotitsa, Napad and...
Left 4 Dead 2 players can show their love for Double Fine Productions' Brutal Legend — which was recently re-released on Windows PC through Steam — thanks to the Steam Workshop. A pair of axes, both wielded by Brutal Legend's Eddie Riggs, are now available as melee weapons in Valve's zombie apocalypse shooter.
The Brutal Legend Battle Axe and Flying V Guitar are two of the many downloads available in Left 4 Dead 2's Workshop, with no additional purchase required to nab the weapon cameos.
On the Left 4 Dead Blog, Valve teases another potential crossover, this one from Resident Evil 6. Promising some content tutorials for Workshop content, Valve shows a model of a zombie that looks strikingly like the Bloodshot enemies from Resident Evil 6.
Capcom plans to release Resident Evil 6...
Left 4 Dead 2 developer Valve is now adding the popular Helm's Deep Reborn map to the zombie title's official servers, which will simplify the process of accessing the survival mode campaign, it announced on the official L4D blog.
By visiting the workshop page and clicking subscribe, Helm's Deep Reborn will automatically download, and will be updated automatically in the future. Helm's Deep Reborn combines the gameplay of Left 4 Dead 2 with the world of Tolkien, putting the player in the shoes of the defenders of Helm's Deep from Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, while pitting them against zombies and special infected.
Valve also revealed it is still working on the Extended Mutation System in the Left 4 Dead 2 beta, which will allow modders to experiment more broadly with gameplay....
Valve is opening up Left 4 Dead 2's Mutations, a set of modified gameplay modes, to further modification by the community with the release of the Extended Mutation System, now in beta.
According to an update on the official Left 4 Dead blog, EMS is a "vastly improved scripting system" that will allow modders and script authors to have greater control over how Left 4 Dead 2 can play. While stock Mutations allow relatively simple tweaks to existing game rules — for example, giving everyone an M60 with infinite ammo, or requiring headshots to take down common infected — the update will let mod authors "create deep custom experiences that can be played on any map or tailor create something for new or existing maps."
The Extended Mutation System beta launches with a new survival mode...
Valve updated Left 4 Dead 2 to support Steam Workshop today, making it easier to find and install community-created content for the co-op zombie apocalypse shooter from within Steam.
Left 4 Dead 2's Steam Workshop is already filling out with community-created campaigns, weapons and Mutations. While current Workshop submissions consist of relatively minor mods like a quieter chainsaw and custom icons for each survivor, Valve expects "thousands more items and skins already created for the game" to round out the community-made offerings.
The Steam Workshop update coincides with a batch of new Left 4 Dead 2 fixes, which are detailed on Steam.
More information about creating and uploading custom content for the Left 4 Dead 2 Workshop are available at the game's official blog.
Left 4 Dead 2 developer Valve is looking into the possibility of bringing an unedited version of Left 4 Dead 2 to Australia now that the country has an R18+ rating for games, according to a forum post by Valve staffer Chet Faliszek spotted by Delimiter.
Posting to a thread on the official Steam forums where users were asking about whether the game would be submitted for reclassification, Faliszek wrote:
No need to flood us with emails. We have been exploring the options here and what we can legally do. We will have more information on this when we understand the issues fully and how we are moving forward but don't worry any cost associated with it doesn't worry us, this is something we want to do.
Left 4 Dead 2 was originally released in 2009 but was refused classification in...