After Eight Years, Left 4 Dead 2 Is Getting New Content

"The Last Stand" is Left 4 Dead 2's second community-made campaign.

Left 4 Dead 2, the extremely popular multiplayer survival horror game by Valve, hasn’t gotten an official content update since 2012. Now, after eight years, it’ll be getting a major new update with “The Last Stand.”

Following an announcement trailer posted last week, a second teaser video was released yesterday, Sept. 4. The description states that the update will feature, “a brand new campaign based on the original “The Last Stand” survival map from Left 4 Dead.” Skilled community mappers NF, Roku, and Wolphin, who are known for their popular creations on the Steam workshop such as “Hard Rain: Downpour” and “Dark Carnival Remix,” are designing the map. There are many others who have worked on the campaign, which will apparently have its grand reveal relatively soon.

In other words, it’s a campaign made by the community that has gotten Valve’s blessing to be made official. It’s similar to Left 4 Dead 2‘s last update, Left 4 Dead 2: Cold Stream, which was also developed by members of the community and released in 2012.

The official blog entry on the update, posted on Aug. 26, states:

It has been many years since the infection first hit. 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.

“The Last Stand” is an update for Left 4 Dead 2, created by the community, for the community. Additional details will be coming soon.

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In Left 4 Dead 2, you play as one of four survivors who have to fight hordes of zombies that have taken over after an apocalyptic pandemic. As you fight your way through checkpoints together, the scenarios will become modified according to your player performance in order to pose dynamic challenges.

Left 4 Dead 2 came out in 2009 for Windows and Xbox 360, but its community has remained strong and active in the decade since. It’s widely known for its modding community, which has created hilarious mods. If you go into the Steam workshop, chances are that you’ll be able to find a mod that lets you play as one of your favorite characters. (I like to play as Max Caulfield from Life is Strange). Some transform the zombies into wild Teletubbies, Hatsune Miku, or Shrek — and that’s just to name a few. With a community as creative as this one, it’s no surprise to see Valve give its blessing to another community update.

In January, Valve responded to rumors about a next-gen Left 4 Dead game. In a statement to IGN, Valve explained that, while the studio briefly explored some opportunities for another Left 4 Dead game a few years ago, it is, “absolutely not working on anything L4D related now, and haven’t for years. It’s clear some people are having fun creating misinformation to spin up the community and other outlets. Unfortunately, for now a new L4D game is not something we’re working on.”

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Natalie Flores

Natalie is Fanbyte's Featured Contributor, with bylines at places like VICE, Polygon, PC Gamer, Paste Magazine, and more.

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