After nearly a decade since the game was released on the Mac, Valve’s legendary co-op zombie shooter “Left 4 Dead 2” has received a huge update thanks to the new “The Last Stand” content pack.
It has been many years since the infection first appeared. Radio silence, no sign of life, nothing but persistent hopes … CEDA will not save us. But there is hope! Some brave souls have continued the struggle against all odds, and soon we can all benefit from their resilience.
The update was created by the L4D2 community and officially supported by Valve. It includes over 1,000 changes to the game, including 26 new survival maps, new weapons, new enemy types, new animations, and unused dialogues. There are also some new achievements, lots of bug fixes, and a handful of UI improvements to keep the game feeling fresh again.
The only downside to today’s development for old school gaming fans is the beginning to realize that Left 4 Dead 2 for Mac will remain a 32-bit game, which means that it is currently not compatible with macOS 10.5 Catalina and above , and the chances that Valve offers upgrade the title to 64-bit anytime. (It’s worth noting that Aspyr stopped selling 32-bit Mac games last year.)
If your Mac is still running macOS 10.14 Mojave or earlier, you can easily play 32-bit games like Left 4 Dead 2. For everyone else, Valve suggests a few remaining options:
- After upgrading to macOS 10.15 Catalina, you should install macOS 10.14 Mojave along with Steam on a separate APFS volume on your computer. That way, when your computer restarts, you can switch to macOS 10.14, where you can still play all of your 32-bit Mac games. More information here.
- Use Bootcamp on Mac to launch your games on Windows on your Mac computer. You can find more information about the boot camp here.
It has to be reiterated that Boot Camp will not and probably never will be supported on future Apple Silicon-based Macs. Apple prefers to emphasize virtualization in the future. Ultimately, however, there is hope that Apple Silicon’s performance improvements will push developers to create triple-A games for Mac.
Find your friends, dust off your guns, and face the zombie horde one last time in The Last Stand Update, a massive Left 4 Dead 2 update made by the community. Left 4 Dead 2 is also FREE starting this weekend and on sale for 80% off! https://t.co/mwhl6NIZCC pic.twitter.com/U0waG0NiQT – Valve (@valvesoftware) September 24, 2020
As a starting action, Valve has released “Left 4 Dead 2” for free for the duration of the weekend. For those who want to keep playing beyond Sunday, the game is available for just $ 2 on Steam.