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]


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 crash to desktop on certain graphics cards
  • Fixed matchmaking sending you to the wrong mission
  • Fixed not being able to earn the “Ammo Technician” achievement
  • Fixed not being able to open particle systems in the editor
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 weapon switch key in the 360 controller config
  • XP and level are stored in the Steam Cloud
  • Fixed duplicate rows in the "Find Public Games" screen
  • Reduced screen shake when you have high ping
  • Fixed dedicated server always starting in LAN mode
  • Fixed custom item button binds not displaying properly on HUD
  • Fixed full network updates causing duplicate client ragdolls to spawn
  • Added console commands to change game access on the fly (make_game_public and make_game_friends_only)
  • Fixed welding icon sometimes getting stuck above player's head
  • Fixed HUD elements being cut off in ultra wide resolutions
  • Removed cheat flag from a number of cosmetic console commands
  • Now firing, meleeing, or reloading while welding will break you out of the weld
  • Fixed spectators earning achievements
  • Fixed infinite ammo exploit
  • Fixed XP exploit
Kotaku

As promised, Valve has released top-down co-op shooter Alien Swarm on Steam, free of charge. Have fun!


Community Announcements - Alden
Available free of charge, the game thrusts players into an epic bug hunt featuring a unique blend of co-op play and squad-level tactics. Along with the game get the complete code base for Alien Swarm that features updates to the Source engine as well as the SDK.

Get it here
Product Release - Valve
Alien Swarm is now available via Steam.

Available free of charge, the game thrusts players into an epic bug hunt featuring a unique blend of co-op play and squad-level tactics. Along with the game get the complete code base for Alien Swarm that features updates to the Source engine as well as the SDK.

Alien Swarm is a game and Source SDK release from a group of talented designers at Valve who were hired from the Mod community.

Kotaku

Valve Unleashes An Alien Swarm On Steam The Alien Swarm Unreal Tournament 2004 mod becomes a full, Source-powered four-player co-op tactics game, available for free on Steam this Monday, courtesy of the nice folks at Valve.



Valve hired on the team responsible for Alien Swarm two years ago. Since then, they've been busy working on the Left 4 Dead series and now Portal 2, but they've managed to squeeze out a little extra time to update Alien Swarm as a full Source release.



Alien Swarm is a top=-down four-player shooter, similar to arcade games of old. Players one of eight unique characters with four different classes, and battle their way through hordes of aliens using more than 40 different types of weapons and equi9pment. Players will gain levels as they play, unlocking persistent items along the way.



Not only is Valve releasing the game for free on Monday, it's releasing the game's entire code base and modding tools as well. With a simple, tile-based map editor, modders should have a field day with Alien Swarm.



Look for it on Steam come Monday!




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