Valve unleashing free Alien Swarm

Studio offering in-house mod team's bug-hunting top-down tactical shooter for PC gratis starting July 19.

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Portal 2 may be Valve's big release for the year, but it apparently won't be its only one. The Kirkland, Washington-based developer has now added Alien Swarm to its 2010 docket, announcing this week that the game will be out for PCs…on Monday. What's more, it'll be completely free through Valve's online distribution portal, Steam.

Developed in-house by a team hired from Valve's mod community, Alien Swarm is a top-down 3D shooter developed using the Source SDK engine. The squad-based tactical shooter accommodates both single- and multiplayer action, where up to four players can choose from a quartet of IAF Marine classes to hunt down and slaughter alien bugs. Players can also choose from eight different character skins.

Getting caught up in Alien Swarm won't cost a thing.

Alien Swarm offers more than 40 unlockable weapons and war accoutrements to help players in their interstellar bug hunt. Gamers will also be able to unlock persistent items as their characters gain levels. Environments in the game run the gamut of icy surface terrain to underground, lava-rich mining facilities.

With the release of Alien Swarm, Valve will also be offering the game's complete code and mod tools to the development community. As with the game, the code will be available free of charge.

Discussion

235 comments
FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

Free usually means cheap, but Alien Swarm is a great game in its own right. I've been playing it pretty often, and now that 99% the matchmaking glitches are ironed out, it's a solid game.

TheJamin
TheJamin

awww and it's not even my birthday! thanks valve.

Strategygamer22
Strategygamer22

I'll thank Valve for this when we get Half-Life 2: Episode 3 and/or Half-Life 3.

andalore
andalore

We'd Never get this from Activision.

runstalker
runstalker

Surprising level of visual polish, plenty of weapons and cool items to unlock, satisfying splattering of aliens, 4p co-op. Free. The game easily crushes many available $10 to $20 releases.

h3rb
h3rb

This game is a lot of fun. Thanks for the love, Valve!

Mephers
Mephers

Some greedy corporations need to take note of Valves success. there is a reason they have such a strong loyal fanbase.

badstyle
badstyle

Great initiative giving the game away for all the support your fans have given you. Hope the hired mod community involved in this project get some real CR£DIT$ for this.

azurik15
azurik15

Valve teach a lesson the Robber Actvision.

MindlessTeef
MindlessTeef

First Portal now this! Well done Valve! I do like free games.... the only bit I don't like is not having Internet at home... seems it's time to bring my PC in to work:)

Tidal_Abyss
Tidal_Abyss

Thanks for the free download last night Valve! It took a while, servers were busy the majority of the time, but finally I was able to get it loaded. Even killed a few aliens before going to bed ;) Just one of many reasons Valve's always been my favorite. Take some serious notes ea/activision.

cjasko94
cjasko94

my PC can't play it lol..

ayanematrix
ayanematrix

Seems to be working now. Not sure how long that will last though.

cancerman8
cancerman8

No go yet, Steam servers too busy to download :P

ryan121121
ryan121121

This is a really, really fun game! THanks valve :)

weedman1985
weedman1985

How could anyone complain about a free game is beyond me. Maybe you would prefer to buy some overpriced DLCs instead?

dalafor
dalafor

:.( cant get it to download

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

@rangeraa I have tryed portal on the orange box but I found it boring compared to Halflife series so i ignored it. You and alll 7 people who thumbed you up sound silly because i never even mentioned portal in my comment. All I said was i cant wait for halflife 3 and I hope the gore in halflife 3 is as intense as L4d2. If that sound retarded to you than check out halflife on pc and it's 2 expansions, in those games you could blow people apart. In halflife 2 you coudl only blow zombies apart but it was okay because at least you could put bullet wound and crowbar wounds in the combine and pain the walls red with their blood. In halflife 3 they should take the violence to a new level liek they did with L4d(wich was more realistic in carnage)that is all.

Hellbishop
Hellbishop

Thanks VALVE! I cant believe something this fantastic is FREE!

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

@taxonomic I have completed Halflife, halflife 2, and episodes 1 and 2 and enjoyed them very much. Next to goldeneye and perfect Dark on N64 I rank them as the best fps ever made. Halflife 1 had gore, when you shot a grenade at soldiers in halflife 1 there body parts woudl fly everywhere. In halflife 2 series, there was gore with the zombies but for some reason not the combine, but at least you could paint the walls red with the combines blood and see bulelt wounds and crowbar wounds on the combine. Half life has alwaya had gore, since valve took the gore to a new level in L4D2 i think you should be able to see the same effect in Half life 3. it wouldnt ruin the gameplay because halflife was always pretty violent, just in halflife 3 the violence would be more realistic(L4D2).

Amz1217
Amz1217

Valve, thanks a bunch can't wait to play this.....in approximatley 1 hour.

smghottie
smghottie

Maybe Jeff Kotick and the rest of Activision can take a look at how a company treats their customers who support them. Rather than nickel and dime you for every little thing, they give away a legitimate title they could easily charge money for on Steam. Valve rocks, as usual.

runstalker
runstalker

An alien fragging overhead blaster should be an excellent distraction to drop into this evening (with unlockables and persistent upgrades, no less). I love free summer entertainment: Cheers, Valve. Can't wait to see some of the mods that spawn from this.

KoRniTo
KoRniTo

And where is HL2: Episode 3? hehehe I love you steam (valve)!

HaLoMaStErJT
HaLoMaStErJT

sweet I will be getting this, nothing beats free.

dkdk999
dkdk999

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No_SuRReNDeR
No_SuRReNDeR

That's my absolute favorite genre------ FREE....... !!!!!

eric4kelsey
eric4kelsey

Hmm maybe its a teaser and six months down the line they hit you with a payment plan :P

lilflex1
lilflex1

right when i saw valve i knew it was for pc but there games normally move to xbox i hope its free

bowlingotter
bowlingotter

AWESOME! I had kicked around the idea of buying this a number of times before. Now I don't have to. Getting it tonight for sure.

JoeSour
JoeSour

just checked the trailer, looks pretty awesome... and it's free; it's a win-win =D

JoeSour
JoeSour

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That_Rasta
That_Rasta

this is fine and dandy. but uh...where's Half-Life 2 episode 3 bruh?

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Well what am I doing here then?!?!? *Goes to Steam*

Great_Ragnarok
Great_Ragnarok

There must be a catch. This is just too good to be true!

Neogenic
Neogenic

@Sparticus1013 Come on now you still want him to work afterwards! try hitting him with a mackarel!

Sparticus1013
Sparticus1013

If Valve isn't taking all this time making HL2 Ep 3 into a full fledged Half Life 3, I'm going to find Gabe Newell and hit him with a crowbar.

selbie
selbie

Very nice indeed

InspectorK
InspectorK

lol just another way for them to make us forget the forgotten ending of half life 2...., however Valve still owns, Cheers Valve!!

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

@ PandaBear86 your comparing the demand of this game to MW2 map packs? i agree their overpriced but if i had a business and there was huge demand for a product (and people were moaning but still making the purchase), i would price accordingly.

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

I may be a Sony fan boy, but my respect for Valve is boundless!!!!

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

Awesome lucky I read this Gonna download it in 10 hours :P