Valve: Left 4 Dead was originally a “flying fairy game”

Friday, 27th August 2010 02:22 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Fold your hands. Next, turn your eyes skyward. You are now looking in God’s general direction.

Now thank him. Thank him so hard.

“There were a few failed starts to build Left 4 Dead,” Valve’s Doug Lombardi told PC Gamer.

“Well, there was the flying fairy game. Is that the one you were referring to?” Gabe Newell chimed in.

“It was so bad,” he said, “you wanted to ask yourself: ‘How could we make a game that was this bad? And how should we make a game?’ And we said we should focus on what we do really well, so why are we doing this game which was kind of a… it wasn’t really an RPG… it was this action fantasy sort of role playing game that had no story.”

“And then we said ‘OK, that’s so horribly wrong. What we should focus in on is AI and playing in co-op, and that’s the interesting opportunity.’ That was where Left 4 Dead came from.”

Again, forces that control the universe, we can not stress the whole “thank you” thing enough. Granted, it’s a shame that – in order to counter Valve’s constant awesomeness – you had to create M. Night Shyamalan to keep the universe in balance. But we forgive you.



  1. Psychotext

    Ok then…

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Michael O’Connor

    That was… very random.


    #2 4 years ago
  3. unacomn

    You think that’s funny? Portal used to be a shower curtain simulator.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Gekidami

    So instead they made a zombie shooter where you play as a shopping caddy.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Freek

    Going by that train of thought, the reason we aren’t playing Half Life 3 right now is because Gordon Freeman is currently staring in a failed Sim City-ish god game where you have to run a City 17 style ocuption in a strategic manner. Actually that sounds pretty cool….make that happen Valve!

    #5 4 years ago
  6. mojo

    no, instead rather majke HL3 happen.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Freek

    Why not do both? The sim city game could be called Half Living.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. The_Red

    Well, as Alan Wake said, a story needs balance. If we can get the sublime L4D instead of a fairy game, then there indeed should be a Last Airbender from Shyamalan to balance things out.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. ARFarokhi

    “Posted in: Hot, PC, PS3, Shooter, Valve, Xbox 360″
    Is L4D coming to PS3?! Or this is some kinda mistake?

    #9 4 years ago

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