Valve "Trying To Work Out" Cross-Game Play Between L4D1 & 2


Valve's VP of Marketing, Doug Lombardi has revealed to TVG that the developer is looking at providing cross-game play between the original Left 4 Dead and its incoming sequel.

Such a feature, which would allow players of the original Left 4 Dead to play alongside other users running Left 4 Dead 2, is one of the demands made by the now 37,000 member strong Left 4 Dead 2 boycott group on Steam.

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Natsu X FairyTail5432d ago

This is Cool but also weird at the same time.
If they do make Cross-Game available this would further prove the fact that L4D2 is Indeed just a New edition of L4D1 with more content (eg:Weapons,Maps,Characters)

does anyone think the same as me? if you dont and disagree please explain why. : )

JL5432d ago (Edited 5432d ago )

Actually I pretty much agree. At the risk of getting flamed, this is exactly what it makes it sound like. Also you have the news coming out that user-content for L4D will be compatible with L4D2 just sounds...um...suspicious...? Really does make it sound like there's nothing more to this game except extra content. I mean I heard from people that the first seemed short on content and too short, stuff like that. Then you start getting people talking about L4D2 came way too soon. I mean it's all starting to look more and more suspicious really.

I mean the whole cross-game thing is kinda cool, but it seems there's a bigger story here when reading between the lines. As you put it, just...weird.

KingKionic 5432d ago

Or maybe ...valve trying to protect there franchise just in case those "boycotters" wont buy there...game...

*busts out laughing*

JL5432d ago

Maybe, but the question still remains to be begged: Why are the two games so incredibly similar that they're THIS compatible to do stuff like this? I mean it's like L4D2 is nothing more than a packaged update or an expansion for L4D. (not sure if you were being sarcastic or something there, or just laughing cause the second game might not sale)

KingKionic 5432d ago

L4d2 is far,far from a update of the first one.

Its a new game. Valve are just good devs and wanted to try something different.

JL5432d ago

Which is fair enough. I'll give it that Valve is good. And indeed this is something new and cool that they're trying here. I just thought it all looked a lil suspicious. And in light of all the grief they're catching lately, this isn't going to help causes. I've already seen it around the net where people are starting to raise the same questions. Anyways, the backward compatibility thing going on here is pretty cool though.

KingKionic 5432d ago (Edited 5432d ago )

If you`re worried that it is a update maybe you should wait till the reviews come in.


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JL5432d ago

lol Oh I'm not worried so much. Doesn't effect me either way.
Btw...it's "you're worried" not "your worried". Sorry, I know, I'm being a grammar nazi. I just got a thing for you/you're and they're/there/their. I'm obsessive-compulsive too, so that doesn't help the matter lol

Btw....what is ^that guy on about? "@mods, try harder"???

KingKionic 5432d ago (Edited 5432d ago )


But this is a great idea. Valve might be on to something. This is kind of like evolving player`s to play left 4 dead 2.


I think he`s referring to mods in left 4 dead ...rofl.

Natsu X FairyTail5432d ago

roflmao @ ''try harder next time mother F@ck3RS''

SpoonyRedMage5432d ago

Theyr'e making it backwards compatible to shut up the boycottes I think because the boycotters said it will divide the community which obviously isn't true.

JL5432d ago (Edited 5432d ago )

Ok, last comment that I'm allowed on here, no more bubbles to use after this.

While I do mention that this will seem suspicious to some people (maybe even rightfully so), it is a nice idea, I will give them that. Especially with all the criticism as of late, this could indeed help eventually convert those skeptics over to L4D2 like you say Kionic. I mean I can definitely see the chance to do that. Afterall, you got one group playing the L4D, then you have another group playing L4D2 and they're all playing together. Then you have instances where L4D2 will offer things (ie maps) that the ones who stuck with the first game can't get into. After enough times of being left out in the dark, so to speak, when online friends who have L4D2 move to one of the new maps, maybe the person who is clinging to the first will be like "To hell with this, I'm getting part 2 so I can continue on playing every level with my friends". Something to that effect could indeed help to convert those skeptics.

On the other hand though, I can see arguments about people kinda getting ripped off here, or why those "skeptics" are indeed of the mindset that they are. Like MRV's comment below (seems a bit 'spiteful' almost) but at the base of it it's a valid complaint I think, since most people I know that have played it did in fact say it was lacking on content. I have even had a couple friends saying they loved the game, but in the end it really shouldn't have been a full retail priced game.

Anyways, that's all for me on this thread. Y'all take it easy.

edit: What Spoony says there (if that's been a big complaint of those boycotters) does indeed add some added value for Valve in doing a move like this, for the reason of eventually converting them like I was talking about.

DeadlyFire5431d ago

Its not like its not a tactic you don't see every year from certain EA games. EA Sports only really changes a few things every year for their games. They have gotten a little better at it over the years. At first though it looked almost the same every year.

karlowma5431d ago (Edited 5431d ago )

Definitely agree w/ 1. More proof that this is a glorified map pack. So was Left 4 Dead. Has Valve even done anything to the Source engine since HL2 Episode 2 (minor tweaks)? Serious question!

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mrv3215432d ago

Valve try and make out that L4D 1 and 2 seem different by saying they are trying to work out some cross game platform, when in-fact content wise neither game is a $60 games only together should they be due to the lack of content.

Kushan5432d ago

Easy solution: Make L4D2 an expansion pack. That way, anyone who has L4D2 must have all the L4D1 content. This is how PC games have worked for years and years and would quell the people complaining as well.

SpoonyRedMage5432d ago

The problem is that there's more content in Left 4 Dead 2 than there was in Left 4 Dead so if it was an expansion pack it would be bigger than the actual game and I don't know if it'd mess up the AI director because Left 4 Dead 2's is much more powerful.

y0haN5432d ago

Mess up the AI director? WTF are you talking about? Just because it's an expansion doesn't mean it will use the same binaries.

themyk5432d ago

you would think a sequal would be so much different and better that it would be incapable of cross game play. but i guess when a sequal comes out less than a year after the first, i mean how much better can it be?

but u have to say it would be cool if all games could do this somehow. i think it's very cool if it works.

Natsu X FairyTail5432d ago

your comment isnt the bit fanboyish. Why in the Open zone may I ask?

Defectiv3_Detectiv35432d ago

Further evidence that this is just a glorified expansion pack.

People crack me up that defend L4D2. I think its obvious that since valve doesn't have any other games to release this year they are trying to pan this off as a full game. Got make that fiscal quarter look good somehow. My question is, what the hell are they working on besides this?

KingKionic 5432d ago (Edited 5432d ago )

I guess everyone`s taking some pills...

Left 4 dead two has more content the first ,with it`s improved ai.

There`s no dlc..no expansion.

Just a game.

timmyrulz5432d ago

I say fcuk them (the 37000 sad gits who have nothing better to do than sign petitions)

If this is the case i want my fifa 08/09 to be cross playable as well as my Madden 08/09 and all of my need for speeds etc