Killing Floor is a survival horror total conversion set in London, England. In a laboratory under the city, a series of human experiments in cloning and biological augmentation are being conducted by the employees of "Horizon". Horizon is a BioTech corporation formerly employed by the government to do the R&D on a top secret series of synthetic combat drugs which would enhance the effectiveness of soldiers in the field. Horizon's funding was cut, when their practices were deemed too immoral even for such a controversial project, but the research didn't stop. Funded by private money from the deep pockets of Horizon chairman and research scientist Kevin Clamely, tests continued in a more...private location. That was until something went wrong. There were reports that the lab had been comprimised; that the subjects were behaving abnormally...then, silence. Several days later, twisted shapes began to emerge from the confines of the lab into the city above.

Post news Report article RSS Feed Tripwire Interactive Announces Killing Floor

The cult favorite Unreal 2k4 mod goes retail on Steam!

Posted by stenchy on Mar 20th, 2009

For those who are wondering why the latest update to the Killing Floor mod is taking so long, check this out:

Tripwire_Interactive wrote:Roswell, GA, March 20th 2009 - Tripwire Interactive is proud to announce Killing Floor, due for release over Steam in the near future. Killing Floor is a first-person co-op survival horror, set in and around London after a mad scientist's "specimens" have broken loose and gone on the rampage.

The game features:

  • Co-op game mode for up to six players obliterating multiple waves of specimens
  • Solo game mode for offline play
  • Watch those crucial and violent creature deaths in slomo "ZEDtime", even in multiplayer
  • 9 different monster types trying to eat your face off, armed with everything from teeth and claws, through to chainsaws, chainguns and rocket-launchers
  • 12+ weapons for the players to chose from, ranging from knives and fire-axes up to pump shotguns, rifles and a flamethrower
  • Add in a welder, medical tools and body armor to help the players survive
  • Persistent Perks system, allowing players to convert their in-game achievements into permanent improvements to their character's skills and abilities
  • Players choose which Perks to play with, so they can best balance out a co-op team to survive the horrors
  • Open, non-linear play areas: choose when and where to fight - or run; weld doors closed to try and direct the monster horde
  • Full support for Steamworks features, including Steam Achievements and Friends
  • Fully-configurable, allowing players to change things as simple as the difficulty level or number of creature waves, or go so far as to set up their own favorite waves of monsters
  • Includes SDK for the creation of new levels and mods

Killing Floor is now going to be a standalone game! Congrats to Alex AKA Mr. Kadish on taking his baby to retail! VE3D also has an article up with some screens. As soon as Alex is done "celebrating", I'm told we can expect an official Killing Floor game profile here on ModDB. Another win for modders!

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Darknessvamp Mar 21 2009 says:

If its 20 dollars then its about 73-74dhs where I live so yea craps to me... Who wants to exchange a copy of this when it comes out for a gift of Half life 2 and episode 1 offa steam?

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Big-Dragon Mar 21 2009 says:

Good News :D

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MrTambourineMan Mar 21 2009 says:

And here's an IGN interview with Trip(wire) about Killing Floor: EDIT: whoops I missed myles's post about that, sorry :)

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DOLBYdigital Mar 21 2009 says:

Still my second or third favorite mod of all time!
Yeah I sank several months of my life into this mod and would gladly give it another more :)

Congrats to Alex and the team! You guys deserve some recognition and I'll pay double the asking price!

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lord_lobster Mar 21 2009 says:

Well done

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RedeemerEngaged Mar 21 2009 says:

They should do the buying like with IG:Warlord/Mount&Blade, Steam is crappy and slow. And also, don't they get more money if they would sell not through steam?

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L3TUC3 Mar 21 2009 replied:

Steam has a pretty big userbase within the target audience. It makes sense selling it on there.

The exposure alone would result in more copies sold, without the need for an advertisement budget. The slight cut going to valve from the sales would be worth it.

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AlCool Mar 21 2009 replied:

The only thing I don't like about it going to steam is the community is terrible.

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Mkilbride Mar 22 2009 replied:

Steam also provides free cheat detection, free advertisement, free supports for achievements and stats tracking, and a variety of other nice features.

I cannot see why an INDIE game would NOT want to go Steam.

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AlCool Mar 22 2009 replied:

Unreal supplied EVERY one of those except the in-game community. UT players used xfire or other such programs for communication and DID NOT require an alternate program to run the game. I personally would rather it go retail off steam or have the choice, but either way I will get it.

Achievements are stupid IMO but they are basically gonna be the same as the regular perk system, but carry between servers.

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L3TUC3 Mar 21 2009 says:

I wondered what tripwire was up to. This is good news. Yay unreal mods!

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poodleinacan Mar 21 2009 says:

I played the past versions...well a past version...or was it......

Yea well in the map where we are in a office, there is an, office with a table. You go there and you are mostly safe....the undeads will be few to attack you.....but if some can see you, be shure to have team mates near you.

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Gregs2k2 Mar 21 2009 replied:

Try that now mate and you'll be eaten alive :P

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pWEN Mar 21 2009 says:

Congratulations! Been a huge fan of this mod for a long time. Can't wait to see it on Steam!

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JACK47END Mar 21 2009 says:

cool this looks awesome

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Samuk Mar 21 2009 says:

Congrats man :)

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TheHappyFriar Mar 21 2009 says:

hm... while it's cool to see a mod team go retail, I hate it when they don't do something new but just re-do what was already free. The Iron Grip team made a completely new game & didn't take the HL2 mod & re-do it to sell. If you're going to take a mod as a new game then you should do that for free (digital paint 2, urban terror, etc) & do something NEW as a retail product.

Plus there's no non-steam option, a kick to the indy-loving crowd.

Looks more like Tripwire is following valves business model: take something popular, buy it & then charge people for new versions. Happened with TF. CS. Etc.

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AJ_Quick Creator
AJ_Quick Mar 21 2009 replied:

have you even bothered comparing screens from the mod and retail versions of the game?

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Daystranger Mar 22 2009 replied:

They're pretty much the same. Just with better models.
I agree with TheHappyFriar.
If they gradually improve the game it might be worth buying. Otherwise - sounds like a joke.
I hope they'll publish a demo so we could see which way its done : artistic overhaul or money-lusty glance.

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AlCool Mar 22 2009 replied:

The models are only different? This isn't just a port. ALL the graphics have been changed, there is a LOUD of new features, and a LOT of the games regular functions will be vastly improved. Go read the interview instead of blindly throwing insults at a game that is far better then your giving it credit for.

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MrTambourineMan Mar 22 2009 replied:

Yeah, because UT2.5 engine license is free right? Wrong: IdTech3 license is released under GNU general public license, but UT engine license is still commercial and it has to be purchased, so there's no way they could release KF for free. And yeah, KF is worth money in the current state, let alone with (gfx) overhaul. Another thing: IG:Warlord is a new game and made on OTHER(inferior) engine, so they HAD to re-do it. AND: Steam is fine for mods and indies, period.

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linfosoma Mar 21 2009 says:

Wait, the word co-op is included in the feature list?
I donĀ“t need to read the rest, Im buying this as soon as it comes out!

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Mkilbride Mar 22 2009 says:

Regardless if much is changed - they deserved to get payed for their work. Daystranger just doesn't understand it at all.

They did all the work of the mod already, that itself is worth money. When you purchase it for 20$(Probably price), that's basically the UT2004 Engine price included, if you didn't already have it.

Alot of mods have insane amount of work and quality shoved into them and then die. Mods like Killing Floor continued post-mortem(Ironic really), and kept on pushing out updates even when not even a handful was playing and it's payed off.

Though, Tripewire purchasing them and seeming to take credit like this article shows...leaves me a little disappointed at the RO Team.

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linfosoma Mar 22 2009 replied:

Well, as far as I know, Tripwire seemed to get into the development to when they purchased the game.
Just look at the screens, you can clearly see an improvement from 2.0 to 2.5

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AlCool Mar 22 2009 replied:

2.5 to retail version (Replacing 2.51) ;D

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Pilster123 Mar 22 2009 says:

Wow the images look fntastic, a massive overhaul form 2.5 I think they look really scary aswell. lol I love the detail on every aspect of the game. The Game does deserve to have a price after all hard work being put into it. Also Good to see it will be realesed on steam due to the fact it should get huge attention there.

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Darknessvamp Mar 22 2009 says:

Well if it is sold in stores I would be more than happy to buy it :)

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Darknessvamp Mar 22 2009 says:

They said the price was "recession friendly" may be it will be a low low low price :)

Also when you age rate it put it as "15+ or 16+" plz <.< >.>

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Mkilbride Mar 22 2009 says:

Lowest price they can sell it for and still make a reasonable profit has to be 20$, like RO. That's recession friendly too. Just saying, if they wanted to release it non-Steam, they'd have to pay so much more in fees, Steam is a really good way to do it. :P

Also, age rating? Why does that matter? IF you buy it on Steam, there is no REAL check if you are or not. Also, in stores, they never ask for your ID. Hell, when I was 10-12, you could go in and pick up the most violent games of the time with a 17+ rating and they wouldn't ask.

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Darknessvamp Mar 22 2009 replied:

Well when I said set the age as 15+ I mean it should be there to lets say aid me. Parents suddenly got so ****** at me for playin the L4D demo that I can't get 17+ games anymore but i keep trying. Also wouldn't it be cool if steam had C.O.D? That way we don't have to keep using credit cards.

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Darknessvamp Mar 22 2009 says:

I think they still kept a few features and upgraded a few and improved the textures and fixed most the bugs thats all. Also 1st week on steam could possibly = bugs

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AlCool Mar 22 2009 replied:

I doubt it will have many bugs. Just exploits which users with no life cannot live without finding.

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Darknessvamp Mar 23 2009 replied:

Didn't say how many bugs just bugs...

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Dec1234 Jun 11 2009 replied:

People are paid to find things like that haha.

The ones they paid for COD4 were useless!

Sorry thats not really relevant, i have a game tester friend who told me this, thought i should share it. :P

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which_direction Mar 23 2009 says:

can't wait.. i've played this mod for years... i just love it.. keep up the good work :D

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Mkilbride Mar 23 2009 says:

Well the mod itself, if not changed to much, has tons of exploiters that are easy to find.

You don't have to "Have no life", to find. Many exploits in this game are as easy as jumping on top of an Object that an enemy was programmed to really be able to get you on. I really hope they fix those, as they really destroy the sense of dread. I stumbled to them all by accident and most people I played with used them and told me to hurry to them or else I'd die. :P

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gvazdas Mar 23 2009 says:

whoa!Now this should be sead:

I don't think i will play the retail version.I just hate buying,cause i would rather save some money for upgrading my computer...I will always like the mod,but i probably will never play the retail version.Congratz Alex!

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AnarchyDom Mar 23 2009 says:

Fantastic! If it's anything up to the quality of Red Orchestra I'll be obsessed.

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JoeX111 Mar 24 2009 says:

I hope a forthcoming review of this will spark up the old "YOU CAnT R3VIEW M0dz l111ike REAL GAMEZEZ!1!" debate. It's still a mod, but now it's a mod you have to pay, which criteria do you use to judge it? I'm sure that'll cause some heads to explode around here.

But, anyway, good job Alex! I always said this game was awesome.

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AJ_Quick Creator
AJ_Quick Mar 24 2009 replied:

Thanks Joe :)

For my part, i think that mods should be reviewed using similar criteria as games, but without subtext of ( I am a paying customer, i expect this experience to be glorious in every way)

The best mods are junior games, and the worst mods are some kid's sunday afternoon with photoshop and a couple energy drinks. It's up to mod reviews to distinguish between the two :)

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Theon Mar 29 2009 says:

Buy a mod?? -I don't think so. All respect due to the hard work you've done, but still: wtf?? It's a MOD!

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AJ_Quick Creator
AJ_Quick Mar 30 2009 replied:

No, its not anymore. it's a retail quality game.

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wilsonam Mar 30 2009 says:

Alex's point is well made: the best mods are indeed junior games, just with no real way to make it out to a wider audience. It takes either a complete rebuild on a licence-free engine, which would take a long time and therefore cost a lot of money - or use a licence-paid engine such as Unreal.

And where have I heard the whole "Its a mod, why should I pay for it?" thing before :) ? It WAS a mod and is now converted to a full standalone engine so that ANYONE can play it. This won't be expensive, but it costs money to do all this - and if people want companies like Tripwire to stay independent, then they have to expect us to charge for games!

As for reviews and the quality: take a look at the material released so far, watch what comes out over the next few weeks.

And the comment on RO not being updated... well, we have released roughly one major update every 3 months for a full 3 years, plus a ton of small fixes. Without Steam, there would be no RO at all - never mind all those updates!

And, yes, we expect to have it available in stores as well...

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Dec1234 Jun 11 2009 says:

So glad this went retail!

The mod version on UT4 was terrible, so buggy and ugly. This new one is well worth the money! Great job Tripwire!

Took it into college to play a bit of LAN, but was disappointed to see that it has been "steamed" as i like to call it. In other words it NEEDS steam and you cant change player names and such without hex editing the DLL's and EXE's. Long story short i got it working with 2 players on lan on computers that barely run Serious Sam. Still fun like! Thank god for OpenGL support haha!

Anyway, superb work Tripwire!

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Xul Jan 31 2010 says:

so does this mean no more support (e.g. bugfixes) for the free version? no more updates for it is rather understandable.

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Cremat0r May 1 2011 says:

I love this.

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Lacedaemonius Jul 11 2011 says:

my god, it's like a window into the past

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