August 27, 2014 - L4D Team
Today Source Filmmaker is releasing the Left 4 Dead Content Pack as its latest DLC! It contains the props, infected and all eight survivors from Left 4 Dead 2, including The Passing and The Sacrifice. They're also releasing music and voice, including all of the stems that were used to dynamically compose the distinctive music for Left 4 Dead. So now you can compose your own soundtrack out of those little snippets of oboe, banjo, saw and vocals to create something recognizably Left 4 Dead but also uniquely your own!
Both the SFM and L4D communities have been asking for this for a while, so we expect great things! Install Source Filmmaker, start the download from the Downloadable Content item in the File menu, and get animating!
May 20, 2014 - Valve
An update has been released for Left 4 Dead.
- Fixed the game failing to launch on some versions of Mac OS.
December 25, 2013 - L4D Team
To celebrate the holidays in a special way this year, Left 4 Dead 2 will be free until 10AM PST 12/26.
It will be free as in, grab it now
, pay no money, and it is yours to keep forever – FOR FREE!
To claim your L4D2 gift, all you need to do is install it.
If you don’t install, it goes back to its regular price and you miss out! The zombie apocalypse is more fun with friends so make sure to tell all your mates to install it as well.
To help spread the holiday cheer, all current players can earn the achievement – Ghost of Christmas Present – Spread cheer by helping a free holiday player survive a campaign.
Left 4 Dead 2 is filled with so much content where do you start?
To avoid any grinches, we suggest jumping into campaign mode and get the basics down before moving into the competitive modes.
You can also check out some guides
, read the forums
and ask questions, check out some art
, read the comic
, watch some movies
, and most importantly have fun!
Some other quick tips:
Before the game: HOOK UP YOUR MICROPHONE! Communication is important in L4D2. Make sure you can keep in contact with your teammates.
In Game: stay with your teammates. L4D2 is all about teamwork and leaving your dentist friend behind to go off on your own will only get you killed. It doesn't matter that you glow!
Post Game: Make friends. If you are having fun with a group, send them friend invites or join a common group.
And there is more!
You can listen to the Midnight Riders
. Download and vote on Workshop
items. Dive into the modding tools
,and create your own items for the workshop including the scripts for the Extended Mutation System
Welcome to Left 4 Dead and Happy Holidays!
October 29, 2013 - L4D Team
Do you have plans for Halloween? Sure, sure you could go outside, get candy, dress up, go to parties, or other dangerous activities which will most likely lead to your demise, but we think buying your first copy of L4D2 or gifting it to a friend is the best and safest way to celebrate the holiday.
To help, we have put L4D2 on sale for an incredible 75% off
If one of your friends are the type who are dressing up as IT Crowd characters for Halloween, keep them safe by letting them know, this week the Linux version of L4D2 has moved out of Beta into full release. If that doesn’t impress them, maybe some stats will. Did you know you are 57X less likely to drown while playing L4D2 than you are when bobbing for apples?
If you and all your friends already own L4D2 – first congratulations, you are hanging out with the right group of people - we have the perfect gift for the holiday, avoid sweets that will just rot their teeth, instead get them this amazing Smoker Statue
. It goes on pre-sale today.
August 28, 2013 - L4D Team
Building on the work from our last update, we are now releasing the entire set of “older” Left 4 Dead 1 models.
It was an interesting walk back through our content tree to find all the various pieces and versions. Depending on your definition of the old models, some of these may vary in some slight detail as we work in an iterative process and never internally defined a version of these models. They have always just been Zoey
, and Francis
We want to give special thanks to Doktor Haus
for being more than willing to supply his server and his assistance in testing the mods, starter kits and ZeqMacaw
for assisting with testing the mods and starter kits, troubleshooting the mods' compile coding. Thanks!
While we were in the history books we found some other interesting bits.
There are these versions of Zoey with different colors (Blue
). A really, really early character concept sheet
from September 2005, and the internal release notes for the January 25, 2006 update. The highlights of the notes include:
* NEW: The Hospital Urban map has been split into four separate maps, with HL2-style map transitions. When all living Survivors enter a checkpoint and the door is closed, the next map in the sequence will load. All items, players, and infected will retain their state across map transitions. Checkpoint doors are impervious to damage until all of the Survivors leave the Checkpoint once (with a few exceptions). The "exit" door of a Checkpoint cannot be opened until after the map transition.
* NEW: When a Survivor's health reaches zero, he no longer immediately dies but instead falls to the ground "incapacitated". While incapacitated, the victim cannot move, slowly "bleeds out", and can take additional damage from the Infected, friendly fire, explosions, etc. If a friend can reach the incapacitated Survivor before he bleeds to death, the rescuer can +use him to "help him to his feet", leaving the injured player with a small amount of virtual (blue) health. A First Aid Kit can also be used to revive an incapaciated player, healing him in the process. Incapacitated players can press their attack button to call for help, and can wave their flashlight around to help others find them. Note that traumatic damage (explosions, steep falls) still kill Survivors outright.
- Baseball Bat has been removed
It took us some iteration, but we got that baseball bat back in 3 years later.