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Left 4 Dead 2's community-made official update goes live next week

We learned in August about Left 4 Dead 2: The Last Stand, a major, fan-made update to Valve's venerable zombie-shooter that's being released as an official update. Details were thin at the time, but today we got a good look at what's coming courtesy of an official trailer, and also a release date of September 24.

The Last Stand will include more than 20 new Survival mode maps, updated animations, restored voicelines ("It's a bitch apocalypse now, bitch" makes me think that maybe those lines were cut for a reason), new melee weapons, two new mutations, 30 new achievements, and "a plethora of bug and exploit fixes." A more detailed rundown of changed was posted on YouTube by development team member JAiZ, including:

  • The Last Stand campaign - The survivors decide to take an alternate path in hopes of salvation, but is this path truly safe?
  • 30 brand new achievements - New and unique milestones to strive for!
  • 26 new survival maps - How long can you survive against the endless hordes?
  • 4 new scavenge maps - Wait, people still play scavenge?
  • 2 brand new melee weapons - Hunt down a Jockey with the pitchfork or whack it with the shovel. Satisfaction guaranteed!
  • L4D1 infected - The L4D1 infected are back, and they're bloodier than ever!
  • New and previously unused voicelines for survivors - Rochelle has a personality now!
  • New character animations - New, improved and overhauled animations by our skilled modding team!
  • Reworked gun models and animations - The guns now behave more like real guns!
  • PvP enhancements and balance changes - New attack spots, new tank spawns, and hundreds of new infected ladders for the competitive modes!
  • Official implementation of CSS weapons - The CSS weapons are now available to everyone!
  • Brand new mutations Rocketdude and Tank Run - Ever wanted to launch yourself around with a grenade launcher, or run away from hordes of tanks? We've got you covered.
  • Improved UI options - Singleplayer option for more gamemodes, Versus Survival is officially brought to the main menu, easier gamemode switching, and new outro stats!
  • Hundreds of bug and exploit fixes - The days of falling through elevators are gone!

The update is being developed by a community team of more than 30 people, "working together with Valve" for nearly a year, and it will be free for all players. The full, very extensive patch notes are available on the Left 4 Dead Nation Discord server.

Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.