L4D2 Beta Coming to Steam For Linux This Week

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2013 - 07:25 AM |
Tagged: valve, steam for linux, steam, pc gaming, linux, l4d2, beta

Users of Valve’s Steam for Linux client will be getting access to the beta version of Left 4 Dead 2 later this week. The L4D2 beta will come with the new Enhanced Mutation System (EMS), which adds advanced scripting options to the multiplayer zombie survival game.

In fact, all Left 4 Dead owners will get access to the new beta release via the Steam client (not just the Linux platform) for free. The beta will appear in the all games list as a separate download from the main Left 4 Dead 2 game. It will allow beta players to connect to beta servers and other L4D2 beta users.

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The EMS system is the biggest addition to the beta currently. It gives developers access to custom script logic as well as custom spawn points and control entities. New maps, characters, and weapons are beyond the scope of the EMS, however.

Interested gamers should keep an eye on their Steam games list as well as the Left 4 Dead blog.

Source: L4D.com

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April 29, 2013 | 11:57 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Hopefully the final version will be compatible with previous PC versions of the game. Otherwise I think Valve risks fragmenting the small player base of the game.

April 29, 2013 | 05:00 PM - Posted by Cole Brodine (not verified)

I would assume it will be compatible. I can play Counter Strike Source with Windows and Mac users in Linux. I would assume it is the same for L4D2. (But we all know what "assume" means)

April 29, 2013 | 02:54 PM - Posted by derz

As a linux user I am happy that the platform is getting love. Now if only Planetside 2 was ported I would be a happy camper.

April 29, 2013 | 03:41 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What a good joke.

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