Trunten

January 7, 2012

Cold Stream development progress update

Filed under: Randomness — Tags: , , , , — Trunten @ 16:31

With the team back from the holidays, we have been hard at work on the Cold Stream DLC and wanted to let you know what is going on.

Right now the focus is on making sure the game plays well on the Xbox 360. We still have a few problems spots that we are working on before we begin heavy internal testing and then release to certification. Sorry, we don’t have a release date yet.

Before the holidays, we made a push on outstanding bugs and issues in all the campaigns in the DLC. One of the ongoing bugs has been an item density issue caused by the differences between how Left 4 Dead 1 and 2 handle density.

We looked into a few different ways to handle it. To fix it right, we needed to fix it in each campaign map by map. While we were updating each map, we fixed other bugs and exploits in those maps.

Starting next week we will be releasing these updates a campaign or two at a time to get more feedback from the community. Your playing, posting, and general feedback has made this whole process a much better game for everyone – thanks!

Next week we will start by releasing an updated version of Crash Course and Cold Stream. The other campaigns will follow. While the release notes are lengthy, we can give you some idea of the extent of the updates.

For Crash Course: The Alleys, among the bugs we fixed was removing the exploit where survivors could get on to a roof near the drop down to the river, we rebalanced item distribution, switched out the L4D2 mounted gun for the L4D1 mini-gun, and more.

Some examples from Cold Stream: South Pine Stream; we removed the shortcut through the bushes between a pair of barricades leading to the barrel explosion event, added a tool tip to prompt players to fight to the safe room when the onslaught begins, blocked the ability to get under the map, and more.

We will have detailed release notes for each update as they are released.

Sources: Left 4 Dead blog and Left 4 Dead developer Twitter

July 22, 2011

Left 4 Dead 2 Dead Air beta

Filed under: Randomness — Tags: , , , — Trunten @ 14:13

Thanks to your hard work a few weeks ago, we are releasing a beta version of Dead Air for Left 4 Dead 2 today. This will be available on the Xbox 360 later this summer as part of the full Cold Stream DLC.

Besides adding melee weapons, we have made some changes to the 4th and 5th maps of the campaign. Give them a few play throughs and let us know what you think. Make sure to try some different strategies – especially in the finale.

We have also tried something new with the Scavenge map in this campaign. I won’t give away the experiment here but it should be interesting to see how people choose to play the map.

Cold Stream and the rest of the Left 4 Dead 1 maps will be out later this summer as part of the Cold Stream DLC.

Source: Left 4 Dead blog

July 6, 2011

Left 4 Dead 2 Dead Air early release possible

Filed under: Randomness — Tags: , , , , , , , — Trunten @ 18:48

While we are still tweaking Cold Stream and making some game play changes, we really want people to pound on the Cold Stream maps and help us find any bugs.

Normally on an internal project we would have the whole company take a part of each day and do nothing but play the upcoming game or DLC and submit bugs. To add to the fun we often give out prizes for participating. Since Cold Stream is not just being developed internally but also with the community – we want the community to help pound on the campaign and look for bugs.

What’s your prize? If 20,000 people can earn the Stream Crosser achievement (Survive a campaign of Cold Stream on any difficulty) by the end of day this Sunday, we will give all Steam players a reward – On July 22nd we will release Dead Air from the upcoming Cold Stream DLC early.

Don’t have Left 4 Dead 2 on the PC yet? Maybe you play on the Xbox 360? Here’s some encouragement to give it and Cold Stream a try; Left 4 Dead 2 is 75% off today only! That makes today the perfect time to pick up a copy or gift one to a friend.

Source: Left 4 Dead blog

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