Left 4 Dead 2 is getting a brand new update. Yes, you read that correctly.
Earlier today, Valve announced 'The Last Stand' update for Left 4 Dead 2, which is actually a collaboration between the game's community, and its original developer. The community constructed an original location for the game, centered around a Lighthouse which, according to the comments section in the trailer below, is a "what if" scenario for the Riverside campaign, where the four survivors went to a lighthouse and tried to signal for a rescue.
Right now, it's unclear if The Last Stand will be an expansion of the community-constructed update for Left 4 Dead 2, or just an official release of the same content. One thing's clear though: it's definitely got Valve's blessing.
"It has been many years since the infection first hit," the blog from Valve announcing the update reads. "A few brave souls have continued the fight against all odds, and soon we can all benefit from their resilience." Valve goes on to say that it's a creation "by the community, for the community," and we can expect further details soon.
This actually isn't the first community-made content that's had an official release from Valve. In 2013, four years after Left 4 Dead 2 first launched, Cold Stream was released for the game, introducing a brand new playable campaign that was entirely made by the community.
Right, that's me off to play Left 4 Dead 2 later today. Valve's co-op shooter from 2009 is, in my mind, one of the absolute pinnacles of co-op-based gameplay to ever be made, and you can pick it up for dead cheap right now on PC or through Xbox One's backwards compatibility scheme.