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This year’s E3 brought a glimmering sparkle to the minds of gamers alike.  The annoucement of many new titles and the future release of new console add-ons has brought joy and excitement to fans globally.  Well, everyone is excited except for 17,525 fans of Valve’s Left 4 Dead.

After this year’s E3 announcement of Left 4 Dead 2, over 17,000 Steam users have joined together in an attempt to boycott Valve’s sequel for the November 17, 2009 release date.  Why would people want to boycott the sequel to such an awesome game?  Fans feel the announcement for a sequel is way too soon.  In  fact, the sequel is set to release exactly one year after the release of the original.

Many boycotters feel Valve failed to deliver proper DLC (dowloadable content) for the original title, and they want more bang for their buck.


-Valve is a company with financial needs and cannot be expected to survive without the release of new games.

-Judgment cannot be passed on the quality of Left 4 Dead 2 until its release.

-Left 4 Dead was, and is, a quality game which deserves the praise of the entire gaming community.


-To holding Valve to its promise of free, continual updates to Left 4 Dead in order to build and sustain the community.

-To keeping the Left 4 Dead community together in order to improve the quality of online gaming.

-To supporting the model of continual updates Valve has set forth with its staple products like Team Fortress 2.


-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.


-That Valve honor its commitment to release ongoing periodic content for Left 4 Dead.

-That Left 4 Dead 2 not be released as a stand-alone, full-priced sequel but as either a free update to Left 4 Dead or an expansion with full compatibility with basic Left 4 Dead owners.

-That Left 4 Dead owners be given discounts for Left 4 Dead 2, should it be released as premium content.

It almost sounds like terrorist negotiations if you ask me.  I can understand where players are coming from, but really now?  You’re boycotting a sequel to such an awesome game?  Well, I guess 17,000 people can’t be wrong.  Here’s to you Valve and boycotters in your ongoing struggle for video game release dates.

Source: Steam Group

  1. I think we ought to find people who WILL buy this game.

  2. I’m getting L4D 2, no questions asked. Why are they being so jerky about this?

  3. The boycott group does raise some very good points, and, in thinking about it, it is kind of a shame that Valve should be doing this, but that won’t really stop me from spending my money on a second Left 4 Dead, should it still continue to be a completely awesome game.

  4. I’ve got tons of people arguing that they need to “hold Valve accountable”, yet when L4D 2 comes out I bet 90% of them will buy it.

  5. I’ll most likely get it after a price drop, but I’m surprised more people aren’t shocked at a sequel so soon.

    A) Valve usually takes years to release a sequel
    B) They promised a TF2 DLC model

  6. I agree with this, actually. Considering it’s a mainly multiplayer game, a sequel seems slightly unnecessary when you consider that DLC could probably cover much of this, like Warhawk, which is probably due a sequel but had maintained a strong community due to good DLC.

  7. I’ll be buying this the day it comes out, but it doesn’t mean I’ll like myself for doing it. I’ve always respected Valve and their take on the industry. Its a shame to see their straying from their roots and following everyone else in suit. Whats next, Left 4 Dead 2011?

  8. Well.
    First take into consideration the number of people merely hopping on the band wagon.
    Second take into consideration the number of people merely hopping on the band wagon yet have no idea why the group is up.
    Third take into consideration the people who are over-reacting.
    Lastly take into consideration the number of level headed people that put up a decent fight and know what they are talking about.

    Once you split that into a few groups on their own..the numbers are much lower…

  9. avatar Alex

    I am buying Left 4 Dead 2, no questions asked as well. The reason they are so pissed about such a soon release is yes, the DLC hasnt been overwhelming enough. But if you read blogs by Valve themselves, you’d know they arent turning their backs on Left 4 Dead. They plan to still release content for Left 4 Dead even if the second one is out. I mean, I believe they could do more for the original, like a level editor, but hey its cool…I have all 1000 pts from the original and I destroyed that game. I think its a great time to release a sequel. Just relax, cuz #2 will be just amazing.

  10. Yep alex, greedy fans pretty much.

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