Left 4 Dead 2 — the cooperative zombie-themed first-person shooter from Valve Software — came out in 2009. Now, more than a decade later, it’s getting a fan-made update. It’s the first piece of new content added to the game since 2012. More noteworthy is the fact that the team behind it appears to have the blessing of the Seattle-based creators. The announcement was made on Wednesday on the now ancient Left 4 Dead website.
“It has been many years since the infection first hit,” reads the blog post. “Radio silence, no sign of life, nothing but lingering hopes... CEDA is not going to save us. But there is hope! A few brave souls have continued the fight against all odds, and soon we can all benefit from their resilience.”
It ends with a note that more details will be coming soon, and linked out to the teaser trailer that we’ve embedded above.
The update is called The Last Stand, and refers to a lighthouse-themed level previously only available in the original Left 4 Dead. As the YouTube Channel Valve News Network (VNN) indicated, it really does seem to be a collaborative effort between Valve and its community to refresh the game for the first time in nearly a decade.
There is precedent for this kind of release for Left 4 Dead 2. In 2011, Valve announced that it had given its blessing to another community-made update. Left 4 Dead 2: Cold Stream was released later in 2012, and even included a version for Xbox 360.