Left 4 Dead 2 Is Free-to-Play This Weekend in Honor of Its Big Community Update

Left 4 Dead 2 Is Free-to-Play This Weekend in Honor of Its Big Community Update

Hoist a pitchfork, grab some pills, and go to town on those zombies.

At the time of writing, 2009's Left 4 Dead 2 has more active players on Steam right now than Fall Guys, if you can believe it. There are two good reasons why Valve's co-op zombie shooter is having a resurgence: for one, it just got its first major update in years. Made primarily by members of the Left 4 Dead 2 community, the update packs in a ton of new content, and in recognition of that, Valve's also made Left 4 Dead 2 free-to-play all weekend.

Along with being free all weekend, Valve's slashed Left 4 Dead 2's price on PC, Mac, and Linux down to $1.99 if you somehow don't already have it collecting digital dust in your Steam library. With the addition of The Last Stand update, which includes a few dozen new maps, buyers are also getting more for their money than they would have a few weeks ago.

Centered on the new The Last Stand campaign, a fleshed-out story built around the old lighthouse Survival mode mission of the same name, the update Left 4 Dead 2 just got also includes a laundry list of bug fixes and improvements. This weekend's boom in interest may fade away quickly, but the update should keep Left 4 Dead 2's active community happy for years to come.

Unfortunately, fans who want Valve to revisit the series with a sequel shouldn't let this update get their hopes up. The recent release of Geoff Keighley's Final Hours report on the development of Half-Life: Alyx revealed that there was an open-world Left 4 Dead 3 project in the works at Valve in 2013, but it was abandoned at the time due to the limitations of the in-development Source 2 engine.

Then again, Source 2 has been around for a while now—Alyx, Dota 2, and the spin-offs Artifact and Underlords all use it—and the warm reception to Half-Life's return seems to have given parts of Valve a taste for making shooters again. If Left 4 Dead 2 stays active, maybe Valve will consider revisiting the series. Whether or not they do, now's your free-of-charge chance to check out why folks have stuck with Left 4 Dead for over a decade.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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