Valve looking at L4D1 and L4D2 crossplay

Written by Joe Martin

July 7, 2009 | 12:31

Tags: #crossplay #l4d2 #left-4-dead #lombardi

Companies: #steam #valve

Valve, perhaps in an effort to allay the worries of fans who feel left for dead by the announcement of Left 4 Dead 2 so soon after the original, has revealed that it is investigating the possibility of crossplay for Left 4 Dead players.

Speaking to TVG, Valve's Doug Lombardi confirmed that making the two games cross-compatible for players who only had one game was something that they were looking at, though there was nothing that Valve was ready to announce just yet.

"That's something that we're trying to work out the details of right now," Lombardi said. "So nothing specific to say today, but we understand that it's a very valid thing to be working on and looking at."

Lombardi doesn't talk much on the topic and he doesn't provide any details on how Valve may be looking to realise the idea of crossplay or whether it'll be specific to PC or Xbox 360, but the current speculation hints at players being able to download some campaigns individually as DLC. For now though, that's pure rumour.

One reason that Valve might be looking at rolling out some form of crossplay between the two games is to help placate the masses of hardcore gamers who have signed up to boycott the game, claiming that promises about support for the original Left 4 Dead have not been met.

On the other hand, Valve has promised that it will continue to support both titles for a long time to come and has hinted at further content updates for the original Left 4 Dead in the future. The boycott can't be hurting Left 4 Dead 2 too much either, with pre-orders already double those for the original game.

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