Valve: Left 4 Dead DLC Was Planned for Pre-E3 Release, 'Didn't Message Correctly'

By Nick Breckon, Aug 19, 2009 1:44pm PDT When Valve announced Left 4 Dead 2 before mentioning that it would also be releasing Left 4 Dead 1 DLC, it caused many fans expecting an update before a full-priced sequel to cry foul.

Now Valve writer Chet Faliszek says the L4D1 DLC coming in September, dubbed Crash Course, was originally intended to be released prior to E3 and Left 4 Dead 2's announcement.

"I think in this case we just didn't message correctly," said Faliszek to Offworld. "We didn't make it clear that Left 4 Dead was still going to be updated. We just didn't think to mention it, we were focusing on other stuff."

"We, internally, always knew we were going to do cool new stuff, so we didn't say anything about the original game," he added. "Of course we also intended to get the Crash Course DLC for L4D out before E3, but some things held us up."

"I think if we had that out before the Left 4 Dead 2 announcement, then it would have been clearer for our intentions. Losing the opportunity to get that right hurt us, but I think we made the right choices otherwise."

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  • It was a weird announcement. I think more than anything, now, I'm bugged that they unveiled it at an Xbox 360 showing. Valve has 360 (console) games and I don't blame them, but their bread and butter is PC gaming. It's about time they manned up and took a more leadership position in PC gaming via Steam. They should have had their own showing, talked about their own games, upcoming Steam releases, and the continued development and outlook of Steam. But Valve tends to move rather slow.

    What's really sad is how they have such a good reputation for supporting their games, that because they didn't do it as much as others, they're getting lambasted by fans feeling as if they're owed something. Valve doesn't owe them a damn thing. It's hypocritical anyway since obviously nobody bitches about the lack of support for Portal. The game is even set up for it with menus for bonus maps. Yet none exist - developed by Valve anyway. I don't really care though. Between it and HL2Ep2 and TF2 as well as its continued support, they may not be the greatest games of all time, but the Orange Box was easily the greatest gaming purchase I've ever made. L4D was a good game. I would have liked to have seen additional content, but that's okay honestly. I'm not owed anything and the lack of support isn't going to stop me from buying L4D2.