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Early Left 4 Dead SDK access?

Posted by Nicolas in Development

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Yesterday, we learnt that some people managed to get their hands on some private-exclusive-early access to the Left 4 Dead SDK. Which means a few things :

  1. First, that there is a SDK. That’s not as bad as some people thought after all. Even if it’s five months late, it’s still better than never.
  2. Second, that Valve is testing it. Therefore, we can assume that they got it right this time. Hopefully, when the “new” SDK comes out, it shouldn’t screw everything during several weeks this time. But seriously, we’re not really this confident, and chose to prevent the automatic SDK update in Steam anyway.
  3. Third, we know that someone at Valve’s headquarters is reading this blog, Google Analytics is tracking you! What are you waiting for to offer us an early access to this SDK? Come on! Mail us at, dont be shy! :P

Anyway, since I developed a little tool to handle the custom content, sort it between Left 4 Dead content and external stuff and embed it automatically in the map files, it’s not much of a problem anymore. BUT STILL, we’d really like to see the new functionalities, if any.


8 Responses to “Early Left 4 Dead SDK access?”

  1. 13xforever says:

    File -> Settings -> Beta participation -> Change… -> Source SDK beta.

  2. The Irwinator (cbrain) says:

    Good to know.

    @13xforever: The beta isn’t for Left 4 Dead.

  3. Nicolas says:

    Indeed, it has nothing to do with Left 4 Dead for the moment AFAIK.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Bonne chance pour votre projet que j’attends avec impatience, si vous pourriez faire une version française du site ce serais sympa, je suis pas très anglophone et sa arrangerais surement du monde merci a vous et bonne continuation.

    Anonymous = Sinz
    Fleme de m’enregistrer :P

  5. LoucodaASM says:

    Vista Support?
    Please god, please…

  6. Nicolas says:

    I know nothing about Windows Vista, but if you can play Left 4 Dead on it, then you can play I Hate Mountains too.

  7. Breig says:

    played Prelude on Vista…

  8. NormanBates says:

    Did Valve spare some time to give a response about the sdk Problem ?