With the numbers of people supporting the Left 4 Dead 2 boycott swelling, Valve have gotten into gear and put together a response to the widespraed criticism they are receiving for their announcement of a sequel to Left 4 Dead this early after the release of the first game.
Valve’s Gabe Newell: “Doing a sequel in one year is new for Valve. But providing ongoing support for our titles after the initial launch isn’t – it has been part of our philosophy since Half-Life was released ten and half years ago.”
Valve have blown a hole in the Boycotters’ arguments, defending their position on LFD2.
Continuing, he vows further content for the first game; “In addition to the recently released Survival Pack, we are releasing authoring tools for Mod makers, community matchmaking, 4×4 matchmaking, and more new content during the coming months for L4D1. We also agree with our customers that there needs to be an interoperability plan for players of L4D1 and L4D2, as multiplayer games are driven by the cohesiveness of their community.”
These should settle some of the disquiet within the L4D community and all we can do now is wait and see what happens. Personally, I can’t wait for L4D2!