Product Update - Valve
Updates to Alien Swarm have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Alien Swarm
  • Added TTF font support
  • Fixed an engine exploit
Community Announcements - Alden
Since release, we've received a ton of feedback and feature requests from the Alien Swarm community. The most requested additions are more variety and greater difficulty.

With that in mind, we've added "Onslaught" mode, which introduces an AI Director that dynamically generates swarms of aliens based on several factors, such as the squad's stress level. Onslaught works with any difficulty setting and ensures no mission plays the same way twice.

Speaking of difficulty, we've also added a "Brutal" difficulty level for those of you who told us "Insane" wasn't insane enough. How brutal is Brutal? Nobody on the Alien Swarm team has managed to complete a mission on it.

If for some crazy reason Brutal is still too easy for you, there's now a "Hardcore Friendly Fire" toggle. When enabled, friendly fire deals full damage immediately, flamethrowers set teammates on fire much faster, and turrets will hurt you if get caught in their crossfire. HCFF truly tests your team’s ability to work as a elite squad. Coordinating movement and firing lines become an even more integral part of the game.

Finally, to reward the most dedicated players, we've added 3 new IAF Promotion Ranks: Platinum Star, Osmium Star, and the coveted Iridium Medallion.
Press Release - Valve
Since release, we've received a ton of feedback and feature requests from the Alien Swarm community. The most requested additions are more variety and greater difficulty.

With that in mind, we've added "Onslaught" mode, which introduces an AI Director that dynamically generates swarms of aliens based on several factors, such as the squad's stress level. Onslaught works with any difficulty setting and ensures no mission plays the same way twice.

Speaking of difficulty, we've also added a "Brutal" difficulty level for those of you who told us "Insane" wasn't insane enough. How brutal is Brutal? Nobody on the Alien Swarm team has managed to complete a mission on it.

If for some crazy reason Brutal is still too easy for you, there's now a "Hardcore Friendly Fire" toggle. When enabled, friendly fire deals full damage immediately, flamethrowers set teammates on fire much faster, and turrets will hurt you if get caught in their crossfire. HCFF truly tests your team’s ability to work as a elite squad. Coordinating movement and firing lines become an even more integral part of the game.

Finally, to reward the most dedicated players, we've added 3 new IAF Promotion Ranks: Platinum Star, Osmium Star, and the coveted Iridium Medallion.

Product Update - Valve
Updates to Alien Swarm SDK have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Alien Swarm SDK
  • Alien Swarm Authoring Tools updated with support for mod configurations
Product Update - Valve
Updates to Alien Swarm have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Alien Swarm
  • Fixed Assault Jets using up more than one charge when you have high ping
  • Fixed HLMV material loading when running a mod
  • Fixed a Steam cloud bug in the SDK source code
Product Update - Valve
Updates to Alien Swarm have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Alien Swarm
  • Fixed XP/Level transferring to a new player using an old player’s PC
  • Addon VPKs get priority over base VPKs
  • Added -override_vpk command line option to make loose files have priority over VPKs
  • Stopped spawners shutting down completely when an alien is blocking the location for more than 5 ticks in a row.
Product Update - Valve
Updates to Alien Swarm have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Alien Swarm
  • Fixed performance issues on SynTek Residential
  • Added Dedicated Server Browser to the main menu
  • Cheat protected marine skill values.
Product Update - Valve
Updates to Alien Swarm have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Alien Swarm
  • The Vindicator’s grenade explosion effect should no longer crash users running a GTX260 graphics card.
  • Fixed a bug where marines would continue to be buffed by the Damage Amp if they were standing in it when it expired.
  • Fixed ammo usage on the Tesla Cannon to properly decrease 4 times a second instead of 2 (doubled clip size to account for this).
  • Rebalanced Tesla Cannon’s damage to encourage it to be used more as a support weapon.
  • Tesla Cannon will now use ammo slowly even when it isn’t damaging something.
  • Fixed Unicode text chat
Product Update - Valve
Updates to Alien Swarm have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Alien Swarm
  • Matchmaking distinguishes between games in progress and games in the briefing
  • Updated Hammer’s simple compile options
  • Fixed fast reload sounds and incidental marine conversations
Kotaku

I've been playing a little Alien Swarm this week. It's a pretty good game as is, but that's not why it was provided free of charge. No, it was provided free of charge so you kids could mess with it.


And we're already seeing the fruits of these labours. Shrimpsess over on the Steam forums has posted a long list if command line tweaks you can make to the game, which with just a few characters can introduce a range of features other developers would be charging for as premium downloadable content.


Like the introduction of a "director mode", like the one found in Left 4 Dead, that intelligently spawns enemies. Or an actual, working first-person mode for the game. There are also some minor (though welcome) changes, like shifting the Gears-of-War-a-like "fast reload" system underneath your guy instead of hiding it in the corner and enabling 360 controller support.


List of useful Alien Swarm console commands [Steam, via PC Gamer]


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