Left 4 Dead Mod Tools Released

The software development kit for Valve's zombie shooter Left 4 Dead were released to open beta today.

The SDK mod tools are now freely available to all owners of the game through Steam. Valve has also released SketchUp Source tools, which allows modders to create content for the Source engine using Google SketchUp.

The full list of kit features follows:

  • Updated Hammer, the Source level editor
  • Suite of command line compiling utilities, such as studiomdl and map compiling tools
  • Updated Particle editor
  • Updated Faceposer
  • Example maps
  • Example models: common Infected, a breakable prop, and explosives
  • A set of example particle effects
A Wiki for the tools has also been posted by Valve.
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    May 15, 2009 5:23 PM



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      May 15, 2009 5:32 PM

      Not quite.

      They still have to release the Matchmaking 2.0 stuff which will let us easily play custom maps in multiplayer.

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        May 15, 2009 5:55 PM

        cs and dod and tf get along fine without gay mandatory matchmaking, so I expect some left4dead mods will somehow struggle through it

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        May 15, 2009 7:51 PM

        THIS, my friend, is HUGE.....

        It goes like this ... modders can now perfect their maps/campaigns .. Valve can now perfect the Lobby for "User created content".

        Yes? You get it now? The robust L4D modding community has been on stall for 6 months now. I myself gave up last night!!! The flood gates are open ...

        But just wait .. this community will explode! The talent that's out there is so damn amazing. I can't wait!!

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