Valve truly embraces the game modding community. The recent DLC announcement is a perfect example as it will bring some community based mods to console gamers.
“Matthew Lourdelet (2 Evil Eyes) has been working on a new community campaign – Cold Stream. We loved 2 Evil Eyes and Cold Stream looks even more promising with innovative game play arenas and effects. Matthew has really shown that there are still plenty of new ideas in L4D2 modding.
He recently shared it with us and we love it so far but it isn’t done. We were tempted to have him quietly finish it with our help and release it as part of an upcoming DLC.
Tempted… but we decided against that. Instead, we think we have a better idea. We want you the community to be part of the process of taking his unfinished campaign and releasing it as DLC on the Xbox 360, PC and Mac.”
The DLC, which has yet to be named or dated, will be a sort of “map pack” and will not include any new story elements – only new campaigns. To start off with, the remaining three Left 4 Dead campaigns will be included in this DLC. Since it is being developed on what Valve likes to call “Valve Time”, the DLC will be released only when it is ready – but it will be sometime AFTER Portal 2 is released.
The Beta version will be available on PC and Mac only – and you can make suggestions on what to include in a forum dedicated to the development of the “Cold Stream” DLC.