Yes, we’re happy to tell you that Killing Floor is now on its way into the Steam Linux Beta. For those of you wanting to try it out, if you aren’t already in the Linux Beta, we hear they will be expanding it soon. We’ll be rolling Killing Floor out fully when Steam goes live with the Linux Client. And we will be adding Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 (and the Mac version, too) and Dwarfs!? if all goes to plan, as well!
For those with access to the Steam beta, we’d like to hear your feedback, bugs, issues or anything else.
They are coming. I can hear the distant sound of banjo music and pork rind chomping. It was only a matter of time before it happened… Killing Floor has been overrun by redneck zombies!!! Yep, it is that time of year once again: Halloween. And, here at Tripwire Interactive, we can’t have Halloween without a barrel of fun for Killing Floor. So we’re happier than a pig in slop to bring you the brand new Hillbilly Horrors event, which starts on the 23rd October and runs through to 6th November. With a big ol’ sale to go along – 75% off Killing Floor and 50% off all DLC for the duration of the event.
So listen up y’all! Down yonder is the all new Hillbilly Horrors map – a redneck homestead complete with cars on blocks, junk laying everywhere, hidden secrets, and populated, of course, by bloodthirsty zombie hillbillies. And if that don’t beat all there are 15 new achievements, 6 of them for the duration of the event only, that give you the ability to unlock the Grim Reaper himself to play as. You’ll be as happy as a tornado in a trailer park when you get your hands on the four new weapons we’ve cooked up for you - the MKb42(h) assault rifle (a favorite of many heroes in the battle of Stalingrad), a WWII trench shotgun firing incendiary rounds, the Vlad 9000 nail gun that’ll nail the heads of the zombies to the barn door and a new specialist grenade for the Medic that will heal your teammates and poison those pesky zombie critters. That crazy guy in a chicken suit is also back this year as character DLC but with a twist – he’s now a cyborg chicken affectionately known as The Chickenator.
Now lets all simmer down for a moment to talk about an extra piece that we are real excited about. We’ve always supported the community’s efforts to create mods, maps, monsters and anything else for our games. In the past, the only way we’ve been able to reward people for their modding efforts was by running mapping and modding contests with prizes. Now, for the first time, we are giving modders the opportunity to earn cash directly from their work. The brand new Community Weapons Pack from the IJC modding team will be available as DLC, with money going to the crew that created it. It is our hope that this opens the door to a whole new relationship with the community. One in which we’re able to expand the new Killing Floor Steam Workshop so that the players have far more control of what makes it into the game AND we can reward the best community content makers directly. This first community weapon pack contains:
- The Scythe: This is pretty much what you would expect. Long handle. Long blade. Good for reaping corn, wheat – or shambling monsters.
- Tommy Gun: The Thompson sub-machine gun is an absolute classic of design and functionality, beloved by soldiers and gangsters for decades!
- Flare revolver: A standard flare gun pops signal flares down range. This one ignites them on the way out the barrel for a little extra fun.
- Buzzsaw Bow: This is no ordinary crossbow. Why shoot little bolts when you can send a circular saw blade spinning instead?
For those of you who haven’t noticed, we’re rolling out Steam Workshop for Killing Floor today. You get the idea – and the best thing to do is just to go try it out, play with it: http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/browse?appid=1250. For good measure, there is now also a Tripwire Interactive Bundle available. All our games from the beginning of (Tripwire) time. And a sale, so that we can all celebrate! Here: http://store.steampowered.com/sub/16835/
Once upon a time, we promised that we’d set aside some money from the digital sales of Ash Harding for a charitable cause – so here it is:
“Hot on the heels of military gaming charity Operation Supply Drop’s announcement of what should be the nation’s largest Veteran’s Day video gaming event, the “8-Bit Salute to Veterans”, Tripwire Interactive fires the first salvo as the first organization to step up pledge a major contribution in support of the November 10th event and the soldiers. The 8-Bit Salute to Veterans is a countrywide event occurring Saturday, November 10 th, involving a variety of organizations throwing parties in DC, LA, NYC, Dallas, and Chicago to raise donations for the charity and general awareness in gamers about Veteran’s Day.”
For those that don’t know, Operation Supply Drop is a charity run by CPT Steve “Shanghai Six” Machuga, sending care packages to troops deployed in hot zones around the world. Take a look at the website for the details. We felt that this would be a worthwhile target to keep our promise on!