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Platform 360, Win, Mac Publisher Valve Developer Valve Release Date 2009-11-17

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Newell teases announcement about 'bringing Linux into the living room'

At LinuxCon today, Valve head Gabe Newell hinted at an impending announcement that may reference his comments from CES 2013 about creating a Steam Box console that runs Linux, Ars Technica reports. "Next week we're going to be rolling out more information about how we get there and what are the hardware opportunities we see for bringing Linux into the living room," Newell said. Newell made his statement at LinuxCon in New Orleans, an annual event for analysts, developers, operators who work with the open source ecosystem. "It feels a little bit funny coming here and telling you guys that Linux and open source are the future of gaming," Newell said. "It's sort of like going to Rome and teaching Catholicism to the pope." Over the last year, Valve deepened its connection to Linux. Last...

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Left 4 Dead 2 for Linux out of beta

Valve released the Left 4 Dead 2 beta build from beta, meaning the game's Linux version and Extended Mutation System will see an official release on Steam, according to an update on the game's official website. According to Valve, the Linux version "is ready for primetime" and it will be opened up to more people and then released officially on Steam. Valve released the Left 4 Dead 2 beta build in May, granting L4D2 players test both the game's Extended Mutation System — which allows modders create customizable maps and Mutations — and the Linux beta version of the game. In addition to the beta build's conclusion, the Extended Mutation System received a bevy of new Mutation and game modes on the L4D2 workshop. According to the blog, the content includes Vicious Infected, Boomer...

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Left 4 Dead 2 for Linux public beta releasing next week

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, but a...

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Resident Evil 6 PC trailer shows Left 4 Dead 2 heroes and enemies in action

A week ago we learned that Valve and Capcom would be teaming up to put Left 4 Dead 2 characters and enemies in the PC version of Resident Evil 6 (and vice versa), and now we have a trailer showing those same characters in action. Left 4 Dead 2 protagonists Coach, Nick, Ellis and Rochelle have picked up some new moves and weaponry since their adventure through the zombie-ravaged southern United States. On the other hand, Resident Evil heroes Chris and Leon seem to have their hands full when it comes to dealing with notorious Left 4 Dead foes like the Witch and a miniature version of the Tank. The Windows PC version of Resident Evil 6 comes out today.

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Valve and Capcom team up for Left 4 Dead 2 and Resident Evil 6 crossover

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 Ogroman —...

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Left 4 Dead 2 gets Brutal Legend 'axes,' teases Resident Evil 6 zombies

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 on...

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Left 4 Dead 2 developer adds Helm's Deep Reborn map to official servers

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....

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Left 4 Dead 2's new Extended Mutation System now in beta, allows for greater custom mods

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...

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Left 4 Dead 2 gets Steam Workshop support for new campaigns, weapons and more

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.

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Valve is 'exploring the option' of bringing unedited Left 4 Dead 2 to Australia

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...

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    • Released 11/17/2009
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    • Released 09/05/2010
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