Six years ago, developer Black Cat Games created the Alien Swarm mod for Unreal Tournament 2004. Critically acclaimed and named Mod of the Year 2004 by Gamespy, Alien Swarm puts players in the role of an Interstellar Armed Forces squad commander whose duty is to navigate various colonies and space ships, exterminating alien infestations. Four years later, the team was hired by Valve and has since worked on the likes of Left4Dead and Portal 2. However, the team has not forgotten its roots.
Today, the Alien Swarm mod has been released as a standalone game, redone using the Source engine. Best of all, it’s free. The release includes all of the tools needed for users to make mods of their own, such as Source SDK updates and full Steamworks integration. Part of the intention, it seems, is to help provide would-be modders direction for creating and releasing their own work using the Steamworks system.
For more information about the game, head over to the official site here or go ahead and grab the game here.
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