The Left 4 Dead software development kit and authoring tools will be released next week, according to a blog post on Valve’s Left 4 Dead Blog dated yesterday (Singapore time).
The L4D SDK allows players to create their own custom maps and campaigns. Custom content created from the developer tools – such as models, textures, and audio – will be packaged into a .VPK file, making it easier for players to install. Players can also activate the custom content through a new “extras” menu within the game.
In addition, the Left 4 Dead lobby system will be reworked to allow players to find friends or dedicated servers that are running these custom add-ons and campaign.
Hopefully, this update will be able to appease a community that is still upset over Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2 announcement. User-generated content could be a decisive factor that will convince Left 4 Dead players to continue playing the first game even after the sequel is released.