Wow, here’s a Friday surprise. Valve just announced that it’s releasing a full version of Alien Swarm, a co-operative shooter based on an old Unreal Tournament 2004 mod, next week. And it’s free.
The cooperative, third-person alien shooting game will be available next Monday. According to the Steam product page, Valve hired members from the modding community (not unlike what it did with Portal) and set them to work on making the game in the Source engine. The mod was as hard as a drill-sergeant’s hug, so expect a nasty, life-draining bug hunt through a ravaged colony, leveling your grunt with your friends. Alien Swarm will also support most of Valve’s middleware: Steam Cloud, matchmaking, statistics-tracking and 64 Steam achievements.
Not really much to add other than go, go, go; free game on Monday.