Right now that content is set to not play on Valve dedicated servers – but that is about to change. We are working to allow the custom content to be usable in non-competitive modes like Campaign and Survival. For now you can see it by playing on third party servers or local games.
We have a few more things in the works.
We are hard at work on the Linux release. While we don’t have a solid ETA yet, we are internally testing on Linux, MAC, and PC. Right now, it is looking pretty good. We will have more news as we get closer to release.
In Left 4 Dead Beta our new scripted mode – EMS (Extended Mutation System) continues its testing with more mods and features being added. When this is released, we will also be updating some match making features to let you more easily find games and lobbies for your favorite Mutations.
They aren’t coming alone. Joining them from the infected side is the Witch and a special version of the Tank. The Tank even comes in a new form - the Mini Tank. It is all the ferociousness of the giant Tank but in a cute cuddly but deadly package.
That covers L4D2 in RE6, but what kind of self-respecting mash-up only goes one way? Don’t worry, we’ve got that covered. First up, we are adding three RE6 creatures to the Left 4 Dead 2 Workshop - Lepotitsa, Napad and Ogroman as Special Infected replacements.
To create a character and submit it to the Workshop you will need access to the L4D2 Authoring tools. And just in case you have been living hole, covered in cement, at the bottom of a lake to protect yourself from the zombie apocalypse and you just now came out of said hole and still have not purchased L4D2 - we have even put <a href='http://store.steampowered.com/app/550/?snr=1_7_15__13'>L4D2 on sale</a> this week for an incredible 75% off!
Server operators will need to move workshop content from addons to addons/workshop for it to work correctly – sorry about that.
To celebrate, we are adding Helm’s Deep Reborn to our own official servers. Gone is the long explanation of how to download and install the campaign. Now – just <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=121068229">visit its workshop page</a> and click subscribe. Next time you open Left 4 Dead 2 it will begin to download. If the campaign gets updated – it updates automatically for you. It’s that easy.
Make sure to choose official servers when you play to join one of our servers. It is a survival only campaign, so it is not playable in other modes and you need to make sure it has finished downloading to play it.
We are also continuing to work on the Extended Mutation System in the <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/groups/L4D2WSVB">L4D2 Beta</a> with an ever widening group of modders pushing gameplay into new and old places. We just released a new example mutation that allows you to play L4D1 style inside of L4D2! We are working with the content creators and adding features before we release this new tool and its many creations onto the world – stay tuned.
How long will EMS be in beta? Long enough for us to achieve our goals: - Find out what new tools people use, and how well they work. - Find out what are the most important missing features we can add. - Drive out as many bugs and issues as possible.
For everyone else waiting to play these new creations, we have some changes coming up for the workshop and our servers based on community feedback.
*The screenshots with this post are from the example game modes shipped with the beta.
Mod authors continue to add content to the Workshop, so keep coming back and checking to see what’s new. You can download the Workshop items automatically by clicking subscribe. This will also keep that item automatically up to date!
If you don’t see the add-on choice on the main menu – remove any hud or UI addons you are currently running; they may not have changed for the new layout. If you are downloading a campaign, make sure to check to see if it is in a collection which requires you to download all the elements in that collection. A good example is for Warcelona you need to go to <a href='http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=121787087'>this page</a> and download all three parts.
We have currently removed all community created campaigns from our official servers as the authors move them to the Workshop. We will be restoring them with the new versions and featuring new Campaigns starting next week. We have the first few lined up and then will begin taking suggestions from the community.
Lastly and most importantly, today we are updating the Mac client for L4D2 to resolve issues Mac players are seeing with the Workshop. If you are on a Mac, it’s time to join in the fun and start grabbing some great skins, campaigns, and more.
We are working on the Mac Client issue this morning and investigating reports of Window server crashes.
A few notes. If you are trying a campaign in any gamemode and having issues connecting to a dedicated server, try to play locally. If it works locally, contact your server operator and ask them to update.
We will be removing all of the community campaigns we host on our servers and refresh them with the versions on the Workshop as they become available.
DO NOT UPLOAD CONTENT TO THE WORKSHOP THAT IS NOT YOURS! If you do, the content will be removed and you will get a temporary community ban.
Please use the reporting tool to report any upload violating the Steam Terms of Service. You do not need to report how much that mod kicks ass.
Content creators have been hard at work creating content for L4D2 but they have just gotten access to the new Workshop, so give them some time to upload their work.
To help other players find the coolest content, make sure to rate and discuss the submissions. We will be featuring submissions on l4d.com
To add content to L4D2: Load up Left 4 Dead 2 (or browse to it here). In game, click on the add-ons section from the main menu. There you can see add-ons once they are downloaded or choose browse the Workshop. Go into the Workshop, find a something you like – let’s say a skin for Francis where he is in a cop outfit. Click the subscribe button and it will automatically download and appear in the list. If you are doing this through the web browser, it will appear next time you start the game.
Please note – the Workshop has increased its file size limit to 200MB. But this still means some of the larger campaigns will be broken up into sub-200mb chunks. Those campaigns will be in collections and you will need to subscribe to the collection to get all the files.
To create and share content in L4D2: You will need to update your Authoring Tools and run the Workshop Manager in the tools to upload your content to the Workshop.
A great tip from GShock: If your campaign is over 200MB you will need to split your vpk into parts with content in each part.
This will also allow you to update your content a lot faster and in turn users do not have to download a much larger file when you release an update to a part.
*Example: Part 1 Sounds and Scripts Part 2 Map 1 Part 3 Map 2 Part 4 Materials Part 5 Models *Include your missions folder in each part along with your addoninfo.txt file
Once this is done add all your items into a collection and mark it as a "items that work together (will show a 'subscribe to all' button)"
For both consumers and developers, there is a new forum – the Workshop discussion forum. Here you can discuss using the Workshop and report any bugs you are encountering. Each item in the Workshop has its own area to discuss that item.
How do you play this great campaign? Well.. it’s kind of a pain. You can <a href="http://media.steampowered.com/apps/l4d2/maps/warcelona.vpk">download it from here</a> and copy that file in your \Steam\steamapps\common\left 4 dead 2\left4dead2\addons directory. You can also double click it and it should copy it there – but if it doesn’t, you can just move it there and then start your game. Having it on our servers means you can start games on an “Official Server” for a better experience.
Sure wish it was easier…
Good news! It will be. The Left 4 Dead 2 Workshop has been in a test beta and will be expanded into an invite only private beta this week. Using the workshop will allow you to simply click a subscribe button and you have them map! It’s that simple.
While we aren’t there yet, we have had a giant uptick in interest in mapping and modding thanks to the impending addition of the workshop. So we wanted to kick off a new event – meet the creators.
For the inaugural session, we will be having a chat session this Saturday at Noon PST with the team behind Warcelona and some of the Valve devs. It will be a mix of playing and chatting so stop by the Official Left 4 Dead 2 Game Group and join the chat. If you can’t make it then, download the campaign and check it out.