Our trial version of Unity has annoyingly timed out (see here for work to date and demo) so while we wait to sort out a license the beta of Left 4 Dead Authoring Tools caught our eye. Currently in beta the tools are available as a free download for all owners of the PC version of Left 4 Dead, and can be found under the “Tools” tab in Steam. Of note is the integration with SketchUp to create building blocks and props that can be imported into Hammer for use in game levels.
Using the L4D Authoring Tools, you can create your own campaign maps, character skins, 3D models, sound effects, and music and load them into the game.
Here’s what’s included:
- Updated version of Hammer, the source level editor
- Updated suite of command line compiling utilities
- Updated Particle editor
- Updated Faceposer
- Example maps, common infected, props, and explosives
Head on over to the Left 4 Dead blog for more info.
Thanks go to Thomas Wenzler for sending this in and the source via http://news.sketchucation.com/