Valve courts Left 4 Dead 2 boycotters

September 10, 2009 by Ivan Cronyn  


Unless you’ve been disconnected from the Internets for the past six months, it’s likely you’ve heard about the large group of people unhappy with Valve’s decision to release a sequel to Left 4 Dead. The main gripes of this group are:

  • The release of Left 4 Dead 2 as a stand-alone sequel will split the communities and decrease the quality of multiplayer gaming.
  • The announced content of Left 4 Dead 2 does not warrant a stand-alone, full-priced sequel and should instead become updates (free or otherwise) for Left 4 Dead.
  • Left 4 Dead has not yet received the support and content which Valve has repeatedly stated will be delivered.
  • The release of Left 4 Dead 2 will make Left 4 Dead an obsolete purchase and inferior piece of software after only one year since release.

In the latest news, Valve has flown two of the group’s moderators to their Washington headquarters, putting them up in the Hyatt and giving them the full guided tour.

Amazingly, the representatives seem to now be more happy about the prospect of Left 4 Dead 2 after their encounter with corporate hospitality:

“Things seemed balanced and ‘tight’ and did not feel like a rushed job. While we were visiting their offices we personally witnessed what can only be called a small army of artists, coders, mappers hard at work, which explains the rapid transformations in artwork that we’ve all seen.”

“What we can say with confidence is that the quality of gameplay in Left 4 Dead 2 is not in question; and it will only get better.”

The 41,846 other members of the boycott group don’t seem to agree, surprisingly, and the word “sellout” seems to appear often in their comments.


4 Comments on "Valve courts Left 4 Dead 2 boycotters"

  1. doomey on Thu, 10th Sep 2009 1:30 pm 

    That is it, I’m boycotting left for dead 3.

  2. Dave Burns on Thu, 10th Sep 2009 1:43 pm 

    I’m boycotting every Valve release.

  3. Cronan on Fri, 11th Sep 2009 12:21 am 

    I’m boycotting the next Half-Life game, it should be out in 2012.

  4. Eruption2405 on Fri, 11th Sep 2009 1:09 pm 

    yer its a bit of piss take that they released a sequal so soon

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