It appears that despite community outrage and growing boycott of Left 4 Dead 2 some players actually do want the game. So much so that, according to Valve’s Doug Lombardi, pre-orders for the sequel have doubled what the first game held from the same place in the release cycle. “Our pre-orders are currently double what they were for Left 4 Dead 1 at this point in time away from launch, we’re like 20 weeks out or something like that,” explains Lombardi.
Lombardi also touches on the community reaction to the announcement for Left 4 Dead 2 and its potential boycott by some players. “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. I think that, over time, folks will see what we’re up to, and there’s more of this story to be told in terms of what’s to come for both games.”
The boycotters will more than likely chalk this comment up either as a victory for them or as Valve making promises they don’t actually intend to follow through on. Either way it appears Valve has listened to at least part of the boycotter’s tantrums even if the outrage was rash and pre-mature.