Fans of Left 4 Dead have unified as a community group in Steam to protest the release of Left 4 Dead 2. They believe that the game should be released as a free DLC pack for the original Left 4 Dead. As of today, there are over 19,000 people registered and that number seems to be growing rather quickly.
Valve’s VP of Marketing Doug Lombardi reacted to the news in an interview late last week, telling RockPaperShotgun, ‘There’s more content coming for Left 4 Dead in the fairly near term, that I think will sort of add to this picture and hopefully change some people’s opinions of what’s happening right now.’
Chet Faliszek, writer of Left 4 Dead 2, concurred with Lombardi, stating, “It was just like, OK, this is big enough that this isn’t DLC, we’re not going to be able to leak it out. It’s a cohesive, single thing. It’s Left 4 Dead 2.”
According to Faliszek, there are still additional updates coming for the original Left 4 Dead, so the shift of attention to the sequel won’t completely leave fans in the dust. “We still have updates coming. Our focus is always on what we’re putting in the box, put as much as we can in the box. Let’s not worry about: let’s save that and not put that in the game. No, let’s put that in. And with the five campaigns, all of them out of the box, playable Versus, co-op, Survival and the new mode, there’s just a ton of content in there.”
Here is a teaser trailer for Left 4 Dead 2 from E3 2009