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German Ratings Update

Hello,Valve recently requested that German authorities re-evaluate the game Left 4 Dead 2. We are happy to let you know that as a result the uncut international version of Left 4 Dead 2 is now available to our customers in Germany. Owners of the game in Germany can download this free DLC to update the game if you wish to do so. Thanks, The Steam Team...


Doubling Down On the Updates

This week we updated both the L4D2 Beta and L4D2. As we get closer to the Linux release, we will continue to merge in some outstanding bug fixes and issues we have been working on. Thanks to everyone playing the Beta and helping us test. The update today consists of changes that were tested in the Beta. Check here for the complete change list for the Beta and the patch notes for today’s L4D2 upd...


I’ll trade you two Boomers for a Spitter

Left 4 Dead 2 now has trading cards. If you are in the beta, you can view them in your profile under badges. While we love that the community created their own cards in lieu of L4D2 being in the first batch of cards, our first series is concentrated on the Special Infected and in the style of the Mutations.How do you earn the cards?You receive 4 card drops for owning L4D2. A card drop earns you th...


Left 4 Dead 2 Beta is out of Beta!

The Extended Mutation System, Linux support, and other features and fixes are moving to Left 4 Dead 2 proper. Thanks to everyone who helped test all the changes in the Beta Build. You can find a complete list of the change notes here.LinuxThe Linux conversion is ready for primetime so we are opening it up to more people and releasing it officially on Steam. This will let us get feedback on more bu...


Good Guy Nick Returns!

Celebrating Left 4 Dead 2’s official release on Linux and America’s Day of Independence, we’re putting L4D2 on sale for a stunning 75% off and it's free to play all weekend!We know people have a busy weekend ahead of them with BBQs, sack races, blowing fingers off, and other fun summer time activities, so we made it a little more enticing to give it a try this weekend. We are making L4D2 fre...


What Mod Is That?

Ever see a screenshot and wonder - what in the heck Workshop item are they using?Good news, we can tell you. Just visit the image detail page of the screenshot and along the right side you will see the active Workshop items and a link to each.To grab your own items for some screen shots, visit the L4D2 Workshop. To see more images, visit the screenshot page on the community hub.If you need a hint ...


Community update

As the workshop continues to grow we have been working with some members of the modding community to learn where the tools can be improved and to help remove bottlenecks to creating new content.Instead of endless emails, chat, or Skype sessions, we thought summer was a perfect time to fly up one of the most prolific modders out there - Splinks, or as we know him Zander.Zander has been sitting in o...


The Gang is Getting Back Together

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...


Happy Halloween

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 a...


Holiday Gift Giving Time!

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...


The Last Stand Update

Take a Stand in This Massive Community-Made UpdateYears in the making, The Last Stand[l4d.com] is a massive Left 4 Dead 2 update created entirely by the L4D community. Find your friends, dust off your guns, and face the zombie horde one last time in over twenty new Survival Arenas, four Scavenge Arenas and a Campaign based on The Lighthouse Survival map.New achievements, melee weapons, animations,...


The Sacrifice is out!

We have released the Sacrifice for Left 4 Dead on the PC, for Left 4 Dead 2 on the PC and Mac. It will be released later this evening on the Xbox 360.We have also released the final issue of the comic [www.l4d.com]for you to read while downloading the DLC.On Steam Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 have had their prices slashed so low, we needed to ask our favorite Georgia gun store owner to explain th...


October 22nd Update

Lone Gunman MutationYou and your Magnum against the deadly horde and Boomers.So you have your Magnum pistol and… well you do have your Magnum pistol. You better be counting bullets because four swipes by a common and you are dead. Getting boomed? Forget about it....


October 29th Update

Bleed Out Versus, You Rock, Halloween?Bleed Out VersusNow you have a good excuse for rushing through Versus.There is no permanent Survivor health, it is all temporary and it is ticking down. Even if you don’t normally play Versus, this is a great mutation to try. The action is frantic and fast as team wipes are always just a few seconds away. You Rock!It didn’t matter on the platform, 38% of y...


November 5th Update

Healing Gnome, Halloween?, Pick the Mutation, Tweet TweetHealing GnomeThere is only one way to heal, holding the Gnome!This Coop game is all about the Gnome and his magical healing properties. There is only one way to heal and that is by holding the Gnome. Better share him with your teammates! Halloween?If you haven’t checked out the Halloween Costumes on our Facebook pages, what are you waiting...


Happy Birthday 2 Us

On this date last year, we released Left 4 Dead 2. The year before Left 4 Dead debuted. The team would like to thank the over 9 million people who have taken the time to prepare for the upcoming zombie apocalypse. While we continue to update – new stuff coming Friday – we wanted to take a quick look back at the creation of Left 4 Dead 2’s new Special Infected[www.l4d.com]. ...


November 19th Update

Gib Fest and…, You are Glowing, Do you compete?Gib FestM60s and buckets of blood. For our coop mutation this week we return to everyone’s favorite Gib Fest. Simple, go play.Realism VersusWe are also “featuring” Realism Versus. This week we added quicker spawns for the infected. If you haven’t played recently, you are missing out on one of the most intense Left 4 Dead 2 competitive exper...


January 18th - Left 4 Dead Xbox 360 Update

Last night a few updates were applied to the Xbox 360 version of Left 4 Dead.Foremost is the ability to recover achievement progress that was lost after The Sacrifice release. Recovered progress will be added to any new progress made since the release. In a few cases it may not be possible to recover the data for every achievement, but the majority of players should see their progress restored.The...


July 1 Update

Lone Gunman, Following L4D2, Movie Fan, Next WednesdayLone GunmanYou and your Magnum against the deadly horde and Boomers.So you have your Magnum pistol and… well you do have your Magnum pistol. You better be counting bullets because four swipes by a common and you are dead. Getting boomed? Forget about it.Following Left 4 Dead 2 How do you follow Left 4 Dead 2? It depends on your platform.If yo...


Left 4 Dead Zombie Holiday Sale!

Looking around at holiday decorations and sales, we noticed an alarming lack of zombies.We needed to fix that. We did....


What do Zombies Think?

While cleaning/moving our offices around (all our desks at Valve are on wheels so we can have desk races), we discovered this old, long ago used Zombie decision making tree. It was created before our session with Mike Patton to record the common zombie sounds. While it is near indecipherable gibberish thanks to bad penmanship, it shows not at an AI level how a zombie behaves but all the speech opp...