Left 4 Dead 2 is a game that originally came out in 2009, but the combination of a new community-made update and a free-to-play weekend means that you’ll probably see some renewed interest in the game across your Steam Friends List this weekend.
Left 4 Dead 2: The Last Stand is the new community-made update to Valve’s co-op multiplayer zombie shooter, which adds a new campaign to the game, as well as a variety of new maps, weapons and bug fixes.
“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” is how Valve is marketing the new update, over on The Last Stand’s official site.
The Last Stand update comprises “more than 1000 changes across the entire game”, including “new achievements, melee weapons, animations, dialog, competitive balance adjustments and other surprises.”
The largest change is to the aforementioned Lighthouse Survival map, which now offers a way for players to escape what was originally a “no-win death trap”. Full patch notes for The Last Stand are available here.
The Last Stand is now live and ready to play, and to celebrate the new update, Valve has also made Left 4 Dead 2 free to play for the weekend.
Valve has a pretty big history of taking community content and making it an official part of their games–from Team Fortress 2’s Community Contribution Updates to Portal 2’s Aperture Tag mod.
It’s no secret that a lot of Valve’s titles are currently relying on community content to fill in content and update gaps left by the company, adding community-made weapons, maps, cosmetics and more in lieu of Valve-made updates.
It’ll be exciting to see whether or not this new update and free-to-play weekend has an impact on streaming and viewing figures, considering that L4D2 doesn’t generally pull in huge numbers on platforms like Twitch and Facebook Gaming.
It may be enough of a content update to convince streamers that it’s worth taking a trip down zombie memory lane for some nostalgia-filled gaming, or people might prefer sticking to more currently popular titles like Among Us, League of Legends and Fortnite.
Whatever happens, the sizeable update and limited time free-to-play model will definitely tempt a few more players towards the eleven-year-old game, as people reacquaint themselves with the Infected.
If you’re still unsure whether or not you’ll be interested in paying for the full game after the free weekend ends, Left 4 Dead 2 is currently discounted on Steam for just £1.43 GBP–that’s a whopping 80% off the full price.
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This article was written by Fluuid Marketing and Community Manager, Cassie Parkes. Find her @cassieparkes