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Left 4 Dead 2 – The Last Stand: release date, Mutations, achievements

Published: 16/Sep/2020 20:15

by Alan Bernal

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After 10 years of its initial release, Left 4 Dead 2 has a brand new, major update on the way that will add everything from new Mutators, challenges, as well as fixes for bugs and exploits.

It’s an exciting time for L4D2 die-hards. While Valve hasn’t been as active on the survival-horror franchise as many would hope, the company has been working with a group of community members to advance the development of the beloved title.

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The Last Stand will be one of the largest updates to hit the FPS in years. The anticipation for the drop has been mounting for longtime fans, and now they finally have a full-length trailer to whet their appetite.

The free DLC will include everything from a new campaign to unearthed voice lines for survivors, while adding a whopping 26 new survival maps to fend off the never-ending horde of undead.

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Left 4 Dead 2: The Last Stand will have over 20 new survival maps.

The Last Stand release date

Valve and the community update team of over 30 members have been working on The Last Stand since October 2019. After all of their hard work, the first major content patch in a while is coming out on September 24.

While it’s likened to a community mod, the team of devs have been collaborating “with Valve (to) help revitalize the community, and introduce fun, refreshing experiences for all.”

New Campaign & achievements

Along with the myriad improvements in line for The Last Stand, there will also be a new campaign coming to L4D2. The trailer shows the survivors from the original Left 4 Dead, including Francis, Bill, Zoey, and Louis.

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“The survivors decide to take an alternate route in hopes of salvation, but will this path truly steer them away from total devastation?”

This means that players will have the survivor groups from both entries in the franchise to play with. The update will also bring in 30 new achievements that should give plenty of replayability to the 2009 title.

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Left 4 Dead will be having a plethora of improvements after the new update.

Updated Features and mutations

There will be two new Mutations to mix up the action in the game called ‘Rocketdude’ and ‘Tank Run.’ Briefly teased, these will let players use grenade launchers to skip around the map or face “hordes of Tanks to a race,” respectively.

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Meanwhile, the hidden Counter-Strike: Source weapons in the game will now be openly available in L4D2 after the update drops. There will also be reworked gun models and animations packaged in upcoming expansion.

This update is going to be packed to the brim with new features to look forward to in Left 4 Dead 2, so take down at the update preview below to see what else will be in The Last Stand.

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Left 4 Dead 2: The Last Stand update preview

  • The Last Stand Campaign
    • The survivors decide to take an alternate route in hopes of salvation, but will this path truly steer them away from total devastation?
  • 30 Brand New Achievements
    • New and unique milestones to strive for! Show us what you’re made of!
  • 26 New Survival Maps
    • How long can you survive against the endless and relentless hordes?
  • 2 Brand New Melee Weapons
    • Hunt a witch with the pitchfork, or whack a Jockey with the shovel. Satisfaction guaranteed!
  • L4D1 Infected Revival
    • The L4D1 infected are back, and they’re bloodier than ever!
  • New and previously unused survivor voicelines
    • Who would’ve guessed it, Rochelle has a personality now!
  • New character animations
    • New, improved and overhauled animations! So smooth it’s criminal.
  • Reworked gun models and animations
    • The guns now behave more realistic than ever!
  • PvP enhancements and balance changes
    • New attack spots, new tank spawns, and hundreds of new infected ladders for the competitive modes just waiting for you to explore!
  • Official Implementation of CSS weapons
    • The CSS weapons are now available to everyone! Hurray!
  • Brand new mutations Rocketdude and Tank Run
    • Ever wanted to launch yourself around with a grenade launcher, or challenge hordes of tanks to a race? We’ve got you covered.
  • Additional Gamemode Support
    • Every gamemode now offers the singleplayer option, and Versus Survival is officially brought forth to the main menu. Time to team up!
  • Hundreds of bug and exploit fixes
    • The days of falling through elevators are gone!
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft Shadowlands expansion has been delayed

Published: 1/Oct/2020 22:25

by Theo Salaun

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World of Warcraft’s Executive Producer John Hight has revealed to fans that the game’s highly anticipated expansion, Shadowlands, is being delayed until later in 2021.

While Shadowlands was initially expected, following a Gamescom 2020 announcement, to be released in October of the same year, that date has now been postponed. The initial release date was fitting, as the game’s hellish themes would couple nicely with the Halloween energy of the spooky month, but Blizzard have decided that the iconic franchise’s first major expansion since 2018 is simply not ready for public consumption just yet.

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In the spirit of putting out a finished product, not simply a close-to-finished one, Hight’s statement explains that Shadowlands is nearly complete, but could use some more polish before its official release.

Affirming that the game will be coming in 2020, but that its exact timing remains uncertain, Hight clarifies to WoW’s eager audience that the expansion’s “zones, the campaign, the level-up questing experience, and the story we have to tell are essentially ready to share.” 

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But, in less exciting news, he adds that “as everything started coming together and we’ve been listening to and building upon your feedback, it’s become clear we need a little more time for additional polish, and to balance and iterate on some interlocking pieces.” Said feedback ties directly into why some fans of the popular title are thrilled about this delay, while others are dismayed.

There is a popular running story of a WoW player who heard the Gamescom announcement and immediately scheduled his time off from work for the week following October 27. Although many are likely in a similar boat and understandably annoyed that they won’t be able to play the game as soon as they hoped, there is a different, particularly enthusiastic group that is very happy about this delay.

As expressed by the popular Warcraft streamer, Asmongold, this is a good thing. That camp of fans would rather have WoW release a better expansion late than an unfinished iteration early. At the moment, that is the logic behind Blizzard’s decision and with the pre-patch still scheduled for October 13, there is hope that it won’t take too long for the developers to finish polishing.

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