Valve preparing Linux version of Left 4 Dead 2

Valve has never hidden the fact it’s been developing for Linux for some time now – and today, that project’s taken a giant leap forward. Technically, there’s a few leaps taken: We now know just which game will be the first title ported to the new system, which distro will be the primary focus, and we know how to find out more information on its progress.

The game in question? Left 4 Dead 2.

The distribution? Ubuntu (with the intention of having a fully-functional Steam client running on 12.04).

Where to find more? The Valve Linux Blog, a brand new outlet set up by the Linux development team at Valve (they’re big on creative names).

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The team writes:

We’ve made good progress this year and now have the Steam client running on Ubuntu with all major features available. We’re still giving attention and effort to minor features but it’s a good experience at the moment. In the near future, we will be setting up an internal beta focusing on the auto-update experience and compatibility testing.

As the blog points out: The Steam client “isn’t much” without a game – and that’s where L4D2 comes in. Reportedly, the game itself is now also running natively on Ubuntu 12.04, with the goal “to have L4D2 performing under Linux as well as it performs under Windows”.

Before there can be any discussion of launching, the Linux team explains there are three main points to focus on:

  • getting the Steam client onto Linux with full functionality
  • optimizing a version of L4D2 running at a high frame rate with OpenGL
  • porting additional Valve titles

…and once they get there, look out, Linux: Steam sales will now apply to you, too.

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