Left 4 Dead 2

PC, XB360, MAC / Action / Release: Nov 17, 2009 / ESRB: M

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Steam coming to Linux with Left 4 Dead 2

Steam coming to Linux with Left 4 Dead 2

Valve has muttered and murmured about bringing Steam and its Source engine to Linux before, and now it's revealed the plan--port Steam and Left 4 Dead 2 to Ubuntu 12.04, then work from there. Steam will come to Linux in all its glory, and Valve's building a speedy OpenGL version of Source it can use for more of its games too.

Read more: No timeframe for when it'll launch »

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Left 4 Dead 2 Cold Stream DLC coming July 24

Left 4 Dead 2 Cold Stream DLC coming July 24

After over a year of public testing, Valve will officially launch Left 4 Dead 2's 'Cold Stream' DLC later this month. It packs versions of original Left 4 Dead campaigns Blood Harvest, Crash Course, Dead Air and Death Toll, as well as the community-made Cold Stream. On top of that, a patch launching alongside will make all of the game-altering mutations available at all times.

Read more: Arriving July 24 »

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Payday: No Mercy explains 'how the Left 4 Dead series began'

Payday: No Mercy explains 'how the Left 4 Dead series began'

Update: Valve comments on the DLC.

Overkill Software promised it was working on a Left 4 Dead thing. Well, here it is.

The developer has released a new video, showcasing Payday: The Heist - No Mercy. There's no word on what it is exactly, but it appears to be a DLC expansion of SOE's online shooter.

Watch: Go back to Mercy Hospital »

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Payday dev collaborating with Valve on Left 4 Dead-y thing

Payday dev collaborating with Valve on Left 4 Dead-y thing

It's all go at Payday: The Heist developer Overkill Software these days. As well as working on a sequel and DLC for its coop crime caper FPS, and being acquired by Starbreeze Studios, the Swedes have revealed they're working with Valve on something Left 4 Dead-y.

Read more: But what are they working on? »

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Steam and Source Engine being ported to Linux

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Steam and Source Engine being ported to Linux

It seems like Valve is committed to bringing its prized digital distribution service Steam to Linux users at some point in the relatively near future. Recent news indicates that Valve has not only hired Linux developers to help port Steam and the Source engine to the OS, but Valve's Gabe Newell is now overseeing the port.

Read more: Porting Steam and Source to Linux »

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Left 4 Dead partially inspired by bird-flu scare

Left 4 Dead partially inspired by bird-flu scare

When Left 4 Dead first introduced its new brand of co-operative zombie-slaying, it didn't take long for a rabid fan-base to develop. In a recent interview, several Left 4 Dead luminaries, including writer Chet Faliszek and then-Turtle Rock CEO Mike Booth, reminisced about how the Left 4 Dead series came to be.

Read more: Making Left 4 Dead »

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Valve offers 'Blood Harvest' in Left 4 Dead 2 as a beta test incentive

Valve offers 'Blood Harvest' in Left 4 Dead 2 as a beta test incentive

Valve's quest to inject original Left 4 Dead episodes into Left 4 Dead 2 continues. Today's Left 4 Dead 2 update includes the new version of the Terminal Map for Dead Air, the game's official blog revealed.

To entice people to test the update, the team at Valve is offering players a prize: the beta version of the Blood Harvest campaign for Left 4 Dead 2. Getting the prize won't be easy, however, as players will have to accomplish a difficult task together.

Read more: 60,000 achievements and counting »

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Valve comic book coming in November

Valve comic book coming in November

Valve has been making comics around some of its biggest properties for months for free online, but now the company has partnered with Dark Horse Comics to bring them out in print. Comic Book Resources (via Gamasutra) reports that "Valve Presents: The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories" will go on sale November 16 for $29.99.

The collection is a bit pricier than the average comic collection, but it's also more than three-hundred pages long and sports a hardcover. That makes it hard to complain. It will include stories from the worlds of Team Fortress 2, Portal, and Left 4 Dead. All indications are that this is a compilation of comics you can already find online, but it wouldn't surprise us if Valve slipped a bonus or two in there.

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Left 4 Dead 2 'Dead Air' will unlock early

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Left 4 Dead 2 'Dead Air' will unlock early

Last week, Valve promised to release the Left 4 Dead 2 version of classic Left 4 Dead episode 'Dead Air' if players helped beta test new community-made map Cold Stream, setting a target for 20,000 playthroughs. Good news! "You started playing at 10am on Wednesday morning. Four and half hours later you surpassed the 20,000 target," Valve revealed in a blog post. "By 5pm you passed 30,000. By this morning at 10am – a mere 24 hours later you hit 60,774!"

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Left 4 Dead 2 offers early DLC unlock

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Left 4 Dead 2 offers early DLC unlock

Once again, Valve is offering early access to a game if its fans jump through a hoop or two. This time it's Left 4 Dead 2, and the offer is a piece of the Cold Stream downloadable content. A blog post outlines the details.

The developer is currently in the testing phase, and is offering an incentive for the community to become bug-finders. If 20,000 people earn the "Stream Crosser" achievement by the end of the day on Sunday, July 10, Valve will release Dead Air (from Cold Stream) on July 22. Stream Crosser is awarded for surviving a campaign of Cold Stream, so it shouldn't be too unobtainable. If you don't own the game yet, it's just $5 until 10 am PST today. Read more »

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Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream' beta hits Steam

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Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream' beta hits Steam

Last month, Valve announced that a new downloadable content pack was in the works that would port the three remaining campaigns from Left 4 Dead into the sequel, in addition to a new community-made campaign called 'Cold Stream.'

An announcement on the official Left 4 Dead blog today reveals that a beta for 'Cold Stream' has been released for the PC version of Left 4 Dead 2, via Steam. Those who like to hunt bugs along with their zombies are encouraged to dive in and give feedback to the developers via the Cold Stream forum. Read more »

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Left 4 Dead 2 DLC Announced, Packing L4D Campaigns and New Community Campaign

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A new Left 4 Dead 2 downloadable content pack is in the works, developer Valve has announced, featuring the three remaining Left 4 Dead campaigns that have yet to be ported over to the sequel as well as a new community-made campaign.

The new community campaign dubbed 'Cold Stream' is being made by Matthew Lourdelet, maker of '2 Evil Eyes,' which was Valve's first L4D2 featured campaign. Read more »

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Interview: Beyond Black Mesa Director, Brian Curtin

If you're a Half-Life (or Left 4 Dead) fan, and you haven't yet seen the recently released fan-made short film, Beyond Black Mesa, do yourself a favor.

We reached out to get some more information about how the project came together from Brian Curtin, who directed, produced, wrote, edited, acted, and art-directed the film, among other things. Making a high-quality fan-film on a shoestring budget (while working full-time) isn't an easy task, but Curtin and his cabal of film and Half-Life enthusiasts persevered to pull off one of the better bits of cinematic fan-fiction based on video games that we've seen to date. Read more »

"It`s really nice for an amateur thing but why does everything gotta have zombies nowadays?"
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Rock Band Dev Harmonix Sold, Goes Solo

Rock Band and Dance Central developer Harmonix has successfully been sold, former owner Viacom announced today, to itself--going privately-owned once again as an affiliate of investment firm Columbus Nova. Truly, it is a Festivus miracle!

"We're excited to be returning to our roots as an independent and privately owned studio," Harmonix wrote on its blog. "As for what it means for you, the DLC schedule marches on for Rock Band, we will continue our support of previously released titles and we're hard at work on some unannounced projects that we think you're going to be pumped about." Read more »

"Who owns the rights to the Rock Band IP? We honestly don't need a third music game series."
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Viacom Sued Over Rock Band Payouts by Former Harmonix Shareholders, Founders

A group of ex-shareholders in Rock Band developer Harmonix, including several studio founders, are suing its parent company Viacom, Gamasutra reports, over allegedly attempting to avoid paying out performance-based bonuses for the rhythm game series.

When Viacom bought Harmonix back in 2006 for $175 million, it was agreed that Harmonix shareholders would be paid bonuses if the developer exceeded performance targets in 2007 and 2008. The ex-shareholders claim that they were never paid the 2008 bonus, which would have been based on any profit over $42 million. As the Rock Band franchise's retail sales were over $1 billion in 2008 and the first quarter of 2009, the profits and payouts were probably substantial. The plaintiffs are still calculating a figure. Read more »

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