L4D2 Level Design

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Left 4 Dead 2 This page summarizes new editing features in L4D2.

If you're new to creating levels for the Left 4 Dead series, be sure to check out the L4D Level Design Basics Tutorial. The basics of authoring levels are pretty similar between L4D1 and L4D2, and this section focuses on Left 4 Dead 2-specific features.

For those of you who have existing maps and are looking to update and recompile, you've come to the right place. Your maps will likely need a little bit of tweaking to get running properly, and there are several useful additions to L4D2 mapping that you'll likely want to take advantage of.

Note.pngNote:Once familiar with these articles, you may wish to visit Left 4 Dead 2 Level Creation for a broad overview of L4D2 level design.

New Features Overview

  • External VMF reference/instance capability allows you to organize your map as multiple VMF files.
  • Additional entities, such as for spawning weapons, items, and upgrades with or without A.I. Director control.
  • Director querying allows your map to do better adapt to your players. You can change paths, change appearance, create a rainstorm, etc., all based on how well players are doing and therefore how "angry" the director is.
  • A new info_gamemode can be used to more easily create a single BSP map that can change appearance, arrangement, item placement, etc., depending on the game mode being played.
  • VScripts provide fine control over the director and simplifies implementation of complex tasks.
  • Water now has a new shader, allowing it to flow realistically.


  1. Legacy Assets
  2. VMF Instances
  3. Weapon and Item Spawning
  4. Director Queries
  5. Multi-Gamemode Support
  6. Scavenge Maps
  7. Wandering Witch
  8. Instructor Hints
  9. Add-on Notes
  10. Tank & Witch Prohibition
  11. Foot Lockers
  12. Hard Rain
  13. Scavenge Finale
  14. Gauntlet Finale
  15. Custom Finale

See also