News: Valve have announced that Left 4 Dead 2 will be the latest game to receive Steam Workshop support, along with the news that a Linux-compatible version of Steam will be available “the middle of next month”.
You’ll be able to install custom Left 4 Dead 2 maps, mods and skins at the click of a button now that the co-op zombie shooter is getting Steam Workshop support. In addition, Valve‘s blog post teases not only an “experiment with the L4D2 Workshop that will allow content to appear in the L4D2 world even more seamlessly based on the community’s response” but also an “expanded scripting tool” that allows for a new range of “experiences”, similar to the game’s weekly Mutation game types, to be added to user-made maps.
We can only speculate as to what this “experiment” involves, since the L4D2 Workshop isn’t live just yet, though the user rating system will apparently be central to it – it’s possible that the highest-rated maps and items could be permanently added to L4D2 with official patches, though since Team Fortress 2 has been doing something extremely similar for eons, it wouldn’t be much of an experiment.
The post also lets slip that L4D2 Workshop support will become available to “Linux users…starting in the middle of next month and rolling out from there” – a possible launch date for Steam on Linux. Though likely a beta, rather than the finished product, it seems users of the open-source OS won’t have to wait much longer to get Steam on their preferred platform.
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