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Left 4 Dead mod tools released

Left 4 Dead mod tools released

The official Left 4 Dead modding tools have now gone into open beta, letting users create new content for the game.

Valve has today announced that the official Left 4 Dead modding tools have been unlocked for open beta, with all PC users able to download the software development kit by heading to the 'Tools' tab in Steam.

The tools themselves are apparently a modified version of the same kit used at Valve to create props and levels for the game and comprise a full SDK for Left 4 Dead.

Using the toolset provided Valve hopes that players will soon get started on making more new skins, maps and campaigns for the game as, although there are already a few out there, the modding community is perhaps not as big as it could be. Valve promises that the new tools should allow players to create anything from new sounds to entire campaigns though.

Regarding how player content is going to be integrated into the full game, Valve has also promised that it is currently working on tweaks to the matchmaking and server browsing system. A new update for the game should be coming in a few weeks that will let non-modding players have quick and easy access to the content created by their more industrious brethren.

So, all well and good - and it surely can't be long now until the much-anticipated Dead Before Dawn mod finally sees a release.

If you've yet to play Left 4 Dead then you can pick it up on Steam or for the Xbox 360 now, though the modding content will probably only be available on the PC platform. You can check out out full Left 4 Dead review for more information. If you're already familiar with the game then there's also out Complete Guide to Left 4 Dead too, which offers a breakdown of some of the better player strategies.

Is there anything in particular you'd like to see in a Left 4 Dead mod? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Mankz 18th May 2009, 12:06 Quote
Ooooh! A magnum? YES PLEASE!
steveo_mcg 18th May 2009, 12:19 Quote
Cool i've been looking forward to l4d mods for ages.
logan'srun 18th May 2009, 12:35 Quote
that dead before dawn will be a really nice addtion, as well as a decent matchmaking system - like 'looking for 4' or something so I can finally slip all the ragers after 1 round when they get pwnd. . .
[USRF]Obiwan 18th May 2009, 12:49 Quote
I just bought l4d this weekend. Love it!
the Dead before Dawn movie isn't that a newer version of Dawn before dead it still is the best zombie movie ever made. I was 9 when i watched it first and always wondered why you would want to leave a shopping mall with everything you need....
Fod 18th May 2009, 12:57 Quote
aliens TC heeeere weeeee coooooome.
WildThing 18th May 2009, 13:35 Quote
About time! Hopefully now we will get some new maps/campaigns to play! :D
bogie170 18th May 2009, 13:41 Quote
And the I Hate Mountains mod. Looking awesome!
logan'srun 18th May 2009, 15:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF
Obiwan]I just bought l4d this weekend. Love it!
the Dead before Dawn movie isn't that a newer version of Dawn before dead it still is the best zombie movie ever made. I was 9 when i watched it first and always wondered why you would want to leave a shopping mall with everything you need....

Any Romero movie is of course the basis for all Zombie movies to be judged by. But to be honest, 28 days later is the only one that made me check my shorts for marks afterwards. That and the first 15 mins or so (when the little girl is shadowed in the doorway, OMG) of Dawn of the Dead (2004) are the ones that give me the shivers. . .
HourBeforeDawn 18th May 2009, 18:05 Quote
oh sweet I hope you will be able to download them and play them in single player mode, I dont care to much for the online play as there are to many children who play online and it gets annoying... ~_~
RDST 18th May 2009, 18:59 Quote
I'm going to be the negative one and say that this should have been released quite a while ago. The game really needs more content and after a few months of playing it, it becomes repetitive. Not saying any of the mechanics are screwed up, its just that the lack of content mars the game.

Still I really can't wait to see what modders put out. We could all use some good custom content. More to the point, maybe Valve will do like the did with Day of Defeat or TF2 and add quality user made maps into the game.
centy 18th May 2009, 19:43 Quote
I want to see Counter-Strike: Source weapons in Left 4 Dead.

If it's fairly trivial to do, Day Of Defeat: Source weapons too
Mentai 19th May 2009, 02:24 Quote
I'm also hoping for quality user made packs to make it into official patches as well. I don't have time to hunt them down/make all my friends get them/find a server with them on.
[USRF]Obiwan 19th May 2009, 11:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by RDST
I'm going to be the negative one and say that this should have been released quite a while ago. The game really needs more content and after a few months of playing it, it becomes repetitive. Not saying any of the mechanics are screwed up, its just that the lack of content mars the game.

Still I really can't wait to see what modders put out. We could all use some good custom content. More to the point, maybe Valve will do like the did with Day of Defeat or TF2 and add quality user made maps into the game.

You have a good point in saying that it should have been released last year. The game is over a year old and you would expect a lot of new campaigns released from Valve. One campaign per month is doable I think. I always wondered why Valve wait so long for new expansions, levels and a SDK. Modders are waiting in line to create some stunning stuff. there are some good ideas for mods already.
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