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Left 4 Dead 2 Authoring Tools Released

Left 4 Dead 2 Authoring Tools Released

Valve have beat the Christmas deadline and today issued Left 4 Dead 2 Authoring Tools and Add-on Support that will allow players to customise their game and design their own maps.

People who want to create their own campaigns can download the necessary files through Steam, but if you don’t want to create anything, just simply play other people’s customisations, you need only download the Add-on Support files. Both are available to download on the “Steam Tools” tab.

Valve issued a description of the tools for users:

Gamemode Logic:

“Designers can now make a single map that can behave differently depending on the gamemode in which it is being played. This can dramatically reduce the file size of Campaign add-ons, as the same map can be used for Co-op, Versus, Scavenge, and Survival.”

Director Logic:

“Maps can now alter their layout and behavior depending on how “angry” the A.I. director is. The better the Survivors are doing, the angrier the AI Director seems to get. This allows you to base variable paths and other events on the player’s skill and current conditions.”

Scavenge Mode Support:

“All the elements map authors need to support Scavenge in their maps. This includes game props as well as a full example in the form of Deadline 2, an updated tutorial campaign.”

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