Left 4 Dead fans voice their opposition to a sequel being released so soon

Left 4 Dead is a popular first-person shooter developed by Valve Corporation that lets you experience what it would be like to be in a zombie survival movie. The game was released in November of 2008 and become a hit due to the quality co-op play.

Unlike the sequels to Half Life which were released years after the release of the original, Valve announced at this year E3 a sequel to Left 4 Dead would be coming in November of 2009. This appears to have upset a portion of the community of players playing Left 4 Dead due to the relatively short time frame between the releases of the two games.

A Steam group called the L4D Boycott (NO-L4D2) has managed to gain the support of over 16,000 members and they have compiled a list of complaints explaining why they are against the release of a sequel so soon after the original was released.

The list of complaints accuses Valve of promising significant content for the original Left 4 Dead that was never delivered. Overall the complaints appear to highlight concerns the original Left 4 Dead will be dead in the water as soon as the sequel is released forcing consumers to purchase the sequel if they want access to new content.

As companies exist to make as much money possible Valve’s decision should not be unexpected. Similar decisions have been made by other major game companies such as Blizzard’s decision to release StarCraft 2 as a trilogy forcing consumers to spend money multiple times in order to enjoy the full StarCraft 2 experience.

Valve's answer to the boycott appears to be deleted forum posts and threats of banishment. A screen shot of Left 4 Dead fans being silenced for speaking out on the Steam forums can be seen here.

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