Left 4 Dead 2 Officially Launched on Linux, Steam Still Shows It as Beta, Twice

Valve has announced that L4D 2 has exited the beta stages

Left 4 Dead 2, a zombie survival cooperative first-person shooter developed and published by Valve on Steam for Linux, has just exited Beta.

Valve has announced that their beloved zombie game is now out of the Beta stages for the Linux users. Or so they would have us believe.

If you take a close look at the screenshot we've provided, you can see that there are actually two Left for Dead 2 entries, one with Beta in parentheses, and the other one without.

Both games can be installed, at the same time, but the Steam client will only create one Left for Dead 2 Beta folder, so it seems that both variants use the same directory.

This is most likely just a bug that will be fixed soon, but it's interesting to see that not even Valve is above such problems.

Besides getting the game out of Beta, the latest patch for Left 4 Dead 2 is also very important for the Linux users.

“The Linux conversion is ready for primetime so we are opening it up to more people and releasing it officially on Steam. This will let us get feedback on more builds and distros,” reads the official announcement.

Highlights of the latest Left 4 Dead 2 patch:

• The Extended Mutation System has been added;

• Official support has been added for Linux;

• Server operators can now specify whether or not custom content is allowed when playing on their servers;

• The database has been updated in order to include video cards from the Steam survey through April 2013;

• The add-on sorting option is now working properly when loading the main menu, so Mutation add-ons can override UI elements;

• A drop-down menu has been added to the add-on screen to filter by tags.

More details about this release can be found in the official changelog.

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