The developers of Left 4 Dead 2 have dropped a hint about when the general beta release of Steam for Linux will arrive.

Although a beta limited to 1000 users is currently seeking participants, and a UDS-only event is also rumoured for this week, a wider release date had yet to be given.

But it seems we won’t have long to wait as a vague date of “the middle of next month” [November] has been proffered by Left 4 Dead developers.

‘Steam Workshop’

In a post on their blog about ‘Steam Workshop’ – a website that allows the uploading and installation of  community created add-ons and hacks – coming to the the title, L4D2 developers gave a hint about when Linux users will be able to join in the fun:

All of this will also be available not just on the PC and Mac, but also for Linux users as well starting in the middle of next month and rolling out from there.


A Linux version of Left 4 Dead 2 has long been “known” about. It joins a growing list of games that are expected to be available at the general launch of the Linux client:

  • World of Goo
  • Eversion
  • Trine 2
  • Serious Sam 3: BFE
  • Galcon Fusion
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • SpaceChem
  • Steel Storm
  • Solar 2
  • Dynamite Jack
  • Space Pirates and Zombies
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
  • Waveform
  • Cubemen
  • Uplink

The limited beta, which is due for release this week, will come with 2 titles: Team Fortress 2 and an as yet unknown ‘partner game’.

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