Over 18,400 individuals have signed up to a Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott Group on Steam, Valve’s online games portal and community service.
The community campaign against Left 4 Dead 2, the recently announced sequel to Valve’s November 2008 survival-horror co-op title L4D, was formed on June 1.
According to the group, the hurried release of Left 4 Dead 2 as a standalone sequel will “split the communities and decrease the quality of multiplayer gaming… The announced content of Left 4 Dead 2 does not warrant a standalone, full-priced sequel and should instead become updates (free or otherwise) for Left 4 Dead,” it says.
“Left 4 Dead has not yet received the support and content which Valve has repeatedly stated will be delivered,” the group continues. “Therefore, we – the members of this Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott – promise to abstain from the purchase of Left 4 Dead 2 until our requests are addressed.”
The group asks that Valve continues to release L4D DLC and that the sequel be launched either as a discount expansion or as a free download.
Announced at E3 earlier this month for Xbox 360 and PC, L4D2 is slated for release on November 17. It’s set to feature five new campaigns, dynamic weather effects, a new melee weapon system, zombie dismemberment, four new survivors, variant special infected, 20 plus weapons and a third multiplayer mode.
Valve’s VP of marketing, Doug Lombardi, recently told Edge how the company’s developing some of the core features of L4D for the upcoming sequel.