Valve made an official release today that they will be releasing a sequel to the popular L4D co-op zombie shooter. As of now they’re simply calling it L4D2 and who would have imagined anything else? The game developers state that many of the games features will be better than the original game. They also intend on marketing it more than they did the first one which took a 10+ million dollar campaign to do.

Gabe Newell of Valve states that the AI director is what set the stage for the games success. While I agree a little bit with that I’m going to have to say no. I believe a large part of the games success was the large number of zombie fans across the world. Half-Life 2 was amazing with its undead and half dismembered monsters. This game gave lots of people a real sense of what it would be like to take on zombies. When introduced to the idea of a co-op zombie frag fest, blood bath game people were willing to jump on the idea.

L4D2 Nov 17

Here’s what Gabe has to say about the upcoming L4D2:

“A large part of how Left 4 Dead became 2008’s top-selling new IP on Xbox 360 and the PC was the custom-tailored gameplay made possible by the AI Director,” said Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve. “With the knowledge gained from creating the original, new technology, and a passionate team, L4D2 will set a new benchmark for cooperative action games.”

We’ve all sat around and wondered, “What would I do if millions of zombies invaded the earth?” The idea sounds great and what they promised really looked good but it fell quite short of its full potential when it actually released. It took a few months before Valve got around to adding enough content to keep people wanting to come back for more. You can only play the same map with a group of people so many times. Hopefully L4D2 won’t fall into the same trap that its predecessor did.

Valve goes on to explain that L4D2 will have more content than the original. I really hope that’s true since the amount released with the first one wasn’t all that great. They even screwed up adding versus mode and tried to fix it a few weeks later only to mess that up as well. They do promise that all of the same stuff they’ve done to the first game will be in the second game. So we’ll pay another $60 to play a game with a few extra skins and maps, but here’s the way Valve puts it:

“Featuring new Survivors, boss zombies, weapons, and items, Left 4 Dead 2 offers a much larger game than the original with more co-operative campaigns, more Versus campaigns, and maps for Survival mode available at launch.”

Don’t get me wrong, I loved L4D. The game was simply amazing and no one wanted to get it more than me. I think they promised a lot of things they didn’t deliver and I think the things they did deliver on were less than adequate. Maybe L4D2 will be the game we’re all looking for in a co-op zombie smash and brawl.

Here’s the trailer of L4D 2, you’ll get to see a little bit of what they’re going to be releasing as well as you’ll see the new survivors.