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Killing Floor 2 State of the Game, David Amata provides a look the accomplishments in 2019

As Killing Floor 2, closes out the 2019 chapter of its lifecycle, it’s important to reflect on how the game has grown and changed over the past year and where it’s going for its continued future. On the outset of 2019, we had three overarching goals we wanted to target:

  1. Target top quality of life improvements and issues
  2. Add weapons to the arsenal that fulfilled unserved functions with a perk’s existing arsenal
  3. Deliver on long-in-development features and content that are hotly requested.

For the first point, we did a deep analysis of our end of year survey, forums, and community posts and compiled a list of things we wanted to target within each of our updates. These improvements came directly from the fan requests so please continue to be active on the forums, surveys, and social media.

At the end of 2018, we recognized we had a robust catalog of weapons so we wanted to make a concerted effort within the design to tailor each new weapon to serve some new function within the perk’s role on the team that was yet to be served. It’s out of this thought exploration that we imagined the insane wackiness of the 2019 weapon catalog from healing bats, explosive harpoon launchers, revolvers with ricochet fragmentation rounds, charging lightning cannons, microwave assault rifles, and more. We hope you had as much fun playing with those weapons as we did making them.

For the third goal, we went full Ahab on wanting to tackle the white whales of Killing Floor 2. From looking through the results of the 2018 survey what was overwhelming requested above all other features were Objective Mode and a new Boss Battle. Since the early access launch of Killing Floor 2, clever data miners have seen glimpses of what we have worked towards this year and that has been steadily built up over the course of our many content updates. Though it took many months and years of iteration and exploration we’re proud of what we’ve been able to produce as a team.

Here’s a punch list of the major highlights from 2019:

Today’s Killing Floor 2
Game Updates
  • Cyber Revolt - March 26th, 2019
  • Back & Kickin’ Brass - June 18th. 2019
  • Grim Treatments - October 1st, 2019
  • Yuletide Horror - December 10th, 2019
  • Spillway
  • Steam Fortress
  • Ashwood Asylum
  • Sanitarium
Game Modes
  • Objective Mode - Supported On:
    • Steam Fortress
    • Outpost
    • Zed Landing
    • Nuked
    • Biotics Lab
  • The Matriarch
    • Includes Christmas Seasonal Version
  • Killerwatt (Survivalist)
  • Helios Rifle (Firebug)
  • Hemoclobber (Berserker / Field Medic)
  • Seal Squeal (Demolitionist)
  • Ion Thruster (Berserker)
  • Rhino Revolvers (Gunslinger)
  • HRG Nailgun PDW (SWAT)
  • HRG Healthrower (Field Medic)
  • HRG Buckshot Revolvers (Support)
  • Mosin Nagant (Sharpshooter)
  • Riot Shield & Glock 18 (SWAT)
  • HRG Incision (Field Medic)
  • HRG Winterbite (Gunslinger)
Quality of Life Improvements:
  • Added functionality to shut off Zed enrage when that Zed triggers a panic state from toxic, emp, fire, or microwave. Zeds revert back to being enraged after the duration of the panic is over.
  • Added an option Toggle to Sprint to the GAMEPLAY settings.
  • Improved Zed Line of Sight Spawning Issues.
  • User Interface Improvements :
    • Added an objective tracker for any wave with an active objective that is optional or mandatory. This tracker relays information and conditions about the objective.
    • Updated player health bars to improve visibility and distinction. We also added an option in the Gameplay options to revert back to the old version.
    • Updated coloration of some objective elements to purple to improve their distinction.
    • Replaced objective iconography with exclamations to denote points of interest.
    • Added a drop shadow to player names and icons to improve legibility
  • Abomination Fight Improvements
  • SYG Reward System and UI Improvements
  • Low Health Indicator Refinement
  • Skip Trader Hotkey
  • Zed Armor Rework
  • C4 Moved to Equipment Inventory Slot
  • Underslung Grenade Launchers Reload on Alt-Fire
  • Prestige Level 4 & 5
  • In-game Item Sales and Direct Purchase Bundles

New Music
  • “Cyberpunk” by Rocky Grey.
  • “Menace” by Sigurd Jøhnk-Jensen
  • “Infectious” by Sigurd Jøhnk-Jensen
  • “Asylum” by Rocky Grey
  • “Plasma Shock” by Rocky Grey
  • “Silent Night, Zedly Night” by Rocky Grey

New Merch Store

New Official Forums

What Lies Ahead

Now entering into the 5th year in the live environment, Killing Floor 2 will live on but as we look ahead to new horizons for Tripwire Interactive we have some important announcements for future development. Starting with the Spring 2020 seasonal update, we’re excited to announce Tripwire will be collaborating with World War Z developer Saber Interactive to develop future Killing Floor 2 features and content. Over the past year, we conducted an exhaustive search of development studios and Saber Interactive prove themselves to have the right technical and creative skillset that gelled well with Killing Floor 2’s identity and gameplay. Our internal team will still be heavily involved in guiding the design and intent for the updates as we work together so that we maintain a consistently high-quality bar that our community expects.

But, what can you expect going into 2020 for the future of Killing Floor 2? Well, we have a full slate of maps, weapons, and more that we've been planning that we think you’ll be excited for but as we did last year we want to see what you would like to see and how you feel about the overall state of the game. Here’s the link for where you can submit your feedback and suggestions. The survey will be up until the end of the year for you to fill out. Thanks in advance for your time:

Survey Link

Additional Weapons - Our tradition of creating new exciting weapons will be in full force for the new year catering to different and expanding on different play styles and perk roles. We will continue to experiment with new HRG weapons to build a new identity for those existing weapons that they’ll be based on. I can’t divulge too much on what new toys are coming up next so let’s put a pin on that burning question for later.

Additional Maps - As you all saw with Sanitarium within this latest update, we’re excited to begin rolling out the 2019 Mapping Contest winners within an official capacity to the game that will continue into 2020. With every map we take official, we take great care to take the original community mappers’ intent and refine and optimize the gameplay and visuals of the map so that it can be enjoyed on all platforms. Where the next new outbreak might occur we need to look to our talented Horzine researchers to find the devil in those details...

Major Events - Seasonal Events are the core of Killing Floor 2’s quarterly updates and for 2020 will be no exception. For the seasonal events you’ve all come to love we have more in store with a slight twist on previous themes,

Quality of Life Additions - We’ll continue to make quality of life additions to the game with every update. Through the survey and collating all the feedback across the different official community channels we’ll be reviewing the top requested items and prioritizing by how actionable, feasible, and beneficial to the player they’ll be to implement. Not everything will make the cut but we hope to provide clarity on why certain requests will not be acted on for the foreseeable future when we make those determinations.

Bugs - As you notice in our change logs, we try to fix as many bugs as possible within each release to maintain a stable and polished experience. As a reminder, the best way to bring bugs to our attention is through our official forums which are available here:

Official Tripwire KF2 Forums -


Continued Polish & Refinement - With development support of Saber Interactive, we will continue to hold a high quality bar for every release in all that we do.

Community Interaction - We hope you have appreciated getting to know all our talented developers a little more through our developer spotlights. Here’s links to what was previously posted if you missed them at the time:

Sean Manzano - Quality Assurance Director: https://www.tripwireinteractive.com/#/community/developer-spotlight-sean-manzano

Tom Weithers - Gameplay Programmer


Curt Hartung - Senior Programmer


Ryan See - Sound Designer


Chris Goodwin - Level Designer


Josh Stanley - Junior Technical Artist


Kevin Butt - Senior Level Designer


Mike Stone - Producer


Louice Adler - Concept Artist and Graphic Designer


David Amata - Product Lead


Jonathan Betancourt - Junior Game Designer


Jeff Robinson - Senior Gameplay Programmer


We hope to continue these posts in the future and are planning future community interaction events in the coming year.. For any announcements, stay tuned to our social channels as usual for updates:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/tripwireinteractive/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/KillingFloor

Throughout all the ups and downs of development, community support and involvement is vital for the continued success of Killing Floor 2. Rest assured we pay close attention to all of our messaging channels and take it very seriously to heart as without a strong vibrant KF2 community there is no KF2. Your passion and continued support of the game is why we have been able to support for these many years and hope you are excited as we are for its continued future.

See you all on the Killing Floor.


David Amata

Product Lead

Tripwire Interactive
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Active member
Feb 1, 2011
Hemoclobber isn't listed on the Berserker portion of the survey. This is especially important because in-game, it's a Berserker weapon first and a Medic weapon second.


FNG / Fresh Meat
Jul 6, 2018
Just finished the survey!
As fun as new weapons are, I'd argue that new maps, modes, and Objective levels would be the most fruitful use of development resources when it comes to new content. Sure, the PC community can always add in custom modded content, but the quality control can be a mixed bag and you also have the console players to consider. A map or Objective is also something everybody can enjoy, not just the people who main a specific character. Further, as much as certain perks need a little more variety, each new weapon comes with the hassle of having to balance it (without it simultaneously becoming a dud that nobody uses).

As for what kind of new levels I enjoy, I'm surprised to find that my favorites tend to be the levels with a more "linear" progression (unless I'm power-leveling or starting a perk from zero, in which case I pick ZED Landing). The more "linear" levels (Krampus' Lair, Santa's Workshop, Nightmare, etc.) do a better job of making you move from one combat area to the next; the levels tend to feel like they have more "progression" and variety due to moving locations, and thus get less stale. Barring a defend-the-area, on a typical map my group tends to gravitate toward favorite sections of the map every single wave. You'll have HUGE maps, and we'll quickly use the pod and then run to play in a particular corner!

Finally, there was no option in the survey to say this so I'm asking it now in all capitol letters: PLEASE REWORK THE SURVIVALIST!
Not buff the current skills. Rework.
It is the most common thread you'll see posted in the "Ideas" forum, which should give you a fair start. In fact, I'm not one to socialize with strangers on internet forums (and I only play most videogames with my real-life friends) and yet it is the one thing I bothered to write a few topics here about!

I'm excited to hear about your plans for the future of the game, as well as working with Saber Interactive to make it happen! Thanks again for your hard work. This is easily the game my group has played the most this console generation!


FNG / Fresh Meat
Aug 17, 2019
Survey completed.
  • Don't like the convoluted store and inventory system.
  • I have purchased paid DLC from you previously, and I want to support the game further... but I have not purchased any of the new weapon DLC's, I don't believe they are a fair price.

Finally, there was no option in the survey to say this so I'm asking it now in all capitol letters: PLEASE REWORK THE SURVIVALIST!
Not buff the current skills. Rework.
It is the most common thread you'll see posted in the "Ideas" forum, which should give you a fair start. In fact, I'm not one to socialize with strangers on internet forums (and I only play most videogames with my real-life friends) and yet it is the one thing I bothered to write a few topics here about!


Active member
Feb 1, 2011
TBH, i actually wonder if it'd be feasible for Tripwire to hold off on updating the game for 2020. Given the terrible video performance that the game has seen in recent years, I feel like the most prudent move would be to shift gears and look towards a $40 re-release of Killing Floor 2 on the more modern Unreal Engine 4. As it currently stands, KF2's a game of "How many things can you throw at an engine from 2006 until it finally gives up on you"?

A UE4 re-release of KF2 could also include Tom Banner, DJ Scully, the Zweihander, Road Redeemer, Rhinos, Ion Thruster, Mosin Nagant and Glock18 as part of the base game.
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Dec 9, 2018
Completed survey although I concur it could've done with comment boxes to justify choices

By the end of 2020 I'd like to see this;

- ALL maps having an Objective variation
- More maps overall [1 per update doesn't last too long] - bringing back classic maps would be great - perhaps releasing 1 new plus 1 classic/community map
- At least 1 more Boss, I appreciate the Matriarch's addition but feel having 6 would be a good number for variety
- Assuring any/all bugs are addressed promptly, I commend fixing the crate bug and numerous map exploits but the game isn't quite perfect [weapon Skins 'limit' comes to mind]
- A way for max Prestige players to get Vault crates - missing out these last 2 updates has been rough - or make it so you can trade Vault Dosh for crates? [I'd buy them even if they were 1mill per purchase]
- Reduced focus on adding weapons for the sake of it, I'd take 3 per update instead of 5 if it meant we got more alternative content [more maps/Objective content for example]

Beyond that I look forward to the year ahead and thank you for all that you have provided so far


Grizzled Veteran
Sep 18, 2012
It pains me somewhat to say, seeing as I still very much enjoy Killing Floor 2 (and I obviously have very little, if any experience in game development at all), but it comes to a point where I honestly want to see something else.

Don't get me wrong. Each and every new update brings me back to the game. I love to try new guns. I love to explore new maps. I love to feel the small (or bigger) tweaks done to the game and its mechanics. But after nearly five years... I kinda want more.

What specifically? I don't know, and that's where my embarrassment lies. Because I honestly cannot grasp what's lacking, or what I'd want to see. All I can say is... "more".

A new game mode. A proper, full rework of pretty much everything (rebalancing and stuff). The implementation of a fully-fledged upgrade system. A new perk. A full-rework of the narrative (yeah sorry, but the scenario mode is VERY underwhelming at that point). Or, may I dare say it...