It appears rumors of a L4D Prequel have been dismissed, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see anything new from Valve in regards to this franchise.
I question if the release of Left 4 Dead 2 had killed or played a on role on releasing a third title.
How so, you ask?
Left 4 Dead was released in Fall 2008. Six months later Valve announces a sequel will be released one year after the original. This announced stirred up controversy among L4D fans because many felt the sequel should have been part of the original, or been given to fans as free Downloadable Content. Fans had every reason to upset about a sequel coming so soon. They buy the first Left 4 Dead and then find out a few months later their game will be quickly outdated. For some games, yearly releases are quite common, accepted, and anticipated – thank you Call of Duty and EA Sports. However, this is Valve we are talking about. They don’t have the best track record of pumping out sequels to their popular games in a timely manner, so when a quick release is announced, it is going to stir some feathers – or zombies in our case.
Could you imagine the uproar if Left 4 Dead 3 was released a year after the sequel? I wonder what that would have been like? At the time of L4D 2’s announcement, fans were already talking about boycotting the game. How crazy is that when we reflect upon it now? Boycotting a game from being released? Making us wait longer for Left 4 Dead 3 is the perfect way for Valve to give a big “F* YOU” back to us by making us wait for the next game. I wonder if we will ever see Left 4 Dead 3.
It’s almost as though Valve is “damned if you do, damned if you don’t”. A small few who enjoy playing both the original and sequel will be pissed off. Left 4 Dead 2 was supposed to bring us the DLC content promised to fans. Valve has delivered in this regards, with their DLC and mutations. These fans – mostly hardcore – are content with what they have. The majority of L4D fans have played the game to death and are ready for the next installment.
DLC was supposed to satisfy people’s craving for more zombie action and more content. Would you rather have more DLC being pumped out to give us new characters, game modes, and maps, or see a new title in the form of Left 4 Dead 3?