Valve: L4D2 backlash was unexpected

Friday, 3rd July 2009 10:09 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Valve told EG in London yesterday that it didn’t expect such an adverse reaction to Left 4 Dead 2, and put “confusion” surrounding a perceived dropping of the first game down to E3′s format.

“We obviously listen to the community a lot,” said Doug Lombardi. “That’s one of our staples. Did we anticipate it? No, we didn’t, but I think that one of the key things is: announcing Left 4 Dead 2 doesn’t mean we’re abandoning Left 4 Dead 1.

“Another thing is it’s important to remember that E3 is where you go to announce new titles, specifically titles that are coming to retail. We do press there, but it’s not really a venue for announcing DLC or mod tools.

“So I think there was a little bit of confusion that we created unintentionally, by announcing a sequel and not having the complete story ready: announcing it and not saying, there’s still a lot of stuff being worked on for Left 4 Dead 1, and the mod tools will work with both games.”

So calm down, internet. Everything’s fine, apparently. Hit the link for the full thing.



  1. _S_E_R_G_

    less talking, more walking

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Yoshi

    Agreed, people are in doubt becos we have only got the survival mode which has just got parts ripped from the campaigns and only 1 actual new map. (BTW you cant say the versus for Dead Air and Death Toll were DLC, they shud hav been in ther at the start.’ Plus the SDK has only JUST come out, what happened to the ‘few weeks after launch’ lol?

    #2 6 years ago

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