Left 4 Dead 2 pre-orders “four times” that of the original

The now defunct Left 4 Dead 2 boycott hasn’t had any lasting repercussions on the sequel’s sales, as Valve reveals the number of pre-orders are “four times” that of the first game.

“As we get closer to launch we see the reaction to the demo,” explained project lead Chet Faliszek in a recent interview with CVG, “people’s excitement, the boycott itself and how it’s changed… I think people are just excited now.”

That giddy group counts among its numbers the leaders of the Left 4 Dead 2 boycott, a vocal group of gamers who feared Valve had turned their back on the first game’s three million-strong community in favor of a cash-grabbing sequel. It’s a claim Valve has refuted in both word and deed, with the release of the Crash Course campaign and the promise of a new special infected, a new campaign and new weapons down the road.

“Honestly I made the joke and it’s true: If you put $20 in a box and charge $10 for it someone would complain you didn’t put $50 in a box. Not to say some of the concerns raised aren’t valid,” said Faliszek, adding that though the boycott didn’t affect Valve’s plans for Left 4 Dead 2, or the additional content that was always planned for Left 4 Dead, it did change how they’ve talked about it post E3. “One of the weird things at E3 was we knew we weren’t showing the complete package, we knew there was a whole bunch of stuff we were holding back but we wanted to show something…you’re always going to have some kind of upset [but] we work at looking at the project and trying to get it out.”