Left 4 Dead 2 infects 2 million at retail

Sales of Valve's latest survival horror shooter have already doubled those of 2008 original on Xbox 360, PC.

Valve isn't known for its quick turnaround on sequels, but the Half-Life: Episode 3 developer is certainly reaping the benefits of releasing back-to-back installments in its newest franchise, Left 4 Dead. In October, Valve said that Left 4 Dead 2 had already achieved three times the number of preorders as its well-received predecessor.

Valve's own zombie horde numbers in the millions.

Strong preorder demand being a telltale sign of big sales, Valve said today that the Xbox 360 and PC editions of Left 4 Dead 2 have combined to sell more than 2 million units worldwide at retail in two weeks. Valve did not indicate how many units of the PC edition of the game were sold through its digital distribution hub Steam, and declined to specify exact sales figures for Left 4 Dead 2.

According to Valve, Left 4 Dead 2 sales to date have already doubled those of the original. While the studio did not offer current sales figures for the original game, Valve did say in March that Left 4 Dead had sold 2.5 million units at retail.

Left 4 Dead 2 expands upon the frenetic survival horror shooter formula established in the original installment last year. Gamers again find themselves making due with a variety of found weapons, ranging from rifles to chainsaws, and are tasked with surviving the indomitable infected mob. The game features five new campaign maps that can be played in five different modes, as well as extensive co-op support.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Left 4 Dead 2.

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152 comments
Captain_Campion
Captain_Campion

Excellent game. Seems to me Valve has a solid track record now of hitting home runs. Now if only they'd let someone make a Half Life movie.

Shawn45
Shawn45

I completely agree with Blacksailbot. Half Life 2: Episode 3 next please!

blacksaibot
blacksaibot

Yep... now you can use all that money you got out of us to continue and finish the development of Episode 3. Then take the money from that and develop Source2 engine to blow away the competition.

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Left 4 Dead earned Game of the Year because of its awesome 4-player co-op gameplay. It's always fun to beat up on on zombies! And being able to do it in co-op modes online with your friends makes it even funner! I knew Left 4 Dead 2 was going to be even more fun, because it simply takes the round wheel and keeps it spinning. Left 4 Dead 2 gives fans of Left 4 Dead exactly what they want -- newer and better looking zombies to beat up on!

wr3ckloose
wr3ckloose

i would rather play Segas house of the dead in the arcade....solid zombie shooting! i don't feel satisfied at all shooting these sprite like polygons. also, the feeling of just gliding across the ground helps to ruin it for me.

Trogeton
Trogeton

the sales on the 360 are bigger great game too

C_T_SKYE
C_T_SKYE

@andalore its really really hard to make great AI . i got still something to prove achievement bymyself, the AI can be great or just terrible at times, the AI really sucks in dark carnival, so a campaign like that makes the bots seem terrible

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

I love black friday. I got my copy for $34.99, and now scavenger mode is my new addiction, in my opinion its not worth $59.99, but the price I got it for is a no-brainer.

LeJR
LeJR

Not sure if I will get this right away, but the demo is pretty convincing! Seriously, one of the best things a developer can do is release a demo, that doesn't seem as common as it should be :( (I wish there was a Saboteur demo)

andalore
andalore

I refuse to play Left 4 Dead 2 until they fix the AI Survivors

hman1111
hman1111

@donmega1 Again, I completely believe that you didn't just start randomly rating 360 games, and I'm sure that they were there before. I checked through all of them the first time, if you're gonna lie, at least try to make it look more convincing.

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

@donmega1 and yet i never made mention of l4d i don't care what you think about it all i'm saying is you're still a fanboy regardless of how many systems you own, because if you weren't you wouldn't be a massive troll.

donmega1
donmega1

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donmega1
donmega1

@hman1111 click through some of the others. like i said, dimwit! smh...

joksterz78
joksterz78

Next up HL 3 and some new free updates for Team Fortress 2 ! Cannot wait!!!!!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Yet again VALVe deliver! Next up HL2: Ep3 please : )

TheEvilGamer
TheEvilGamer

hope they continue with a sequel ^^ (I know its a bit early for that) but it would probly achive 2 or 3 times more popularity than this part, if they add more weps,zombies, maybe more dialog or somethin, anyway gj valve :) 9.5

C_T_SKYE
C_T_SKYE

@djpetite wow, you gave ODST a 9.5 and gave l4d2 a 1.0

C_T_SKYE
C_T_SKYE

@djpetitte you dont give up dont you? i see you commenting on l4d2 all the time saying the same S**t that it shouldnt have been 60 and you feel sorry for the people that paid for it. hmmm you rather have uncharted 2?? and your picture is mg . you wouldnt happen to be a ps3 fanboy would you? and there isnt a l4d3, i dont get why people are sayin that.

blacksaibot
blacksaibot

Okay VALVE. I hope you're happy. Now take a break from zombies (some-what) and continue on with HALF-LIFE 2: EPISODE 3. Plz, k? thnx...

djpetitte
djpetitte

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baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

@donmega1 just because you own two systems doens't mean you're not a fanboy. i love how people think they are automatically not a fanboy if they own more than one system.

hman1111
hman1111

@donmega1 Yes of course I believe everything you just said. You're definetely not a PS3 fanboy trying to say you have a 360 so you don't seem biased, and I'm sure that you DIDN'T just rate Fallout 3 to cover your story.

donmega1
donmega1

@hman1111 just fyi, the rating for fallout 3 on the top of my list was for the BOX dimwit!

donmega1
donmega1

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andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

I really do not understand why Valve does not release sales figures based on it's Steam. I mean what better way to prove the PC platform is still shifting serious figures? I mean come on, Valve have indicated some of it's previous games such as HL2 Ep 2 sold in excess of 2Million on Steam alone!

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

L4D2 is good, it's just that the first one looks like a paying beta. People were upset 'cause L4D2 is what L4D1 could have been.

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

Proud owner Highly recommended for good, straight forward, mindless face-blasting fun with friends and strangers

ymarkman
ymarkman

Looks like the same thing as LFD. Looks fun and all, but I've seen LFD in action, and both that game and it's sequel are VERY alike. Some new features, add-ons and other things, but mostly the same, with different characters now. I agree with some of the other folks here; they need to change the Source engine. The visuals do look better than the first, but very angular and still containing the same "boxy" look to them. But hey, I played it, and it was still fun. And wildly fast-paced.

geomyr
geomyr

i can't wait to play this game ill buy it in no time hehehehee its zombie killing time once again!!!!!

ZeerusX
ZeerusX

These games are great and all, but I'm really waiting for the next big thing from Valve. Don't get me wrong, the Source engine is great. But it's environment architecture is just soooo dated at this point. All the blatant right angles EVERYWHERE. I'll use Steam to buy games for the time being, but I don't think I'll actually buy a Valve game until I see them being creative again, and build something that isn't simply another Source mod, despite how good it is.

Gammet25
Gammet25

Well isnt that nice. This game is great but just need another patch.=]

Oni
Oni

I know they aren't allowed to have "children" as zombies, why not a survivor? I think it would be funny to see a 9-10 year old wise cracking survivor. I'd also like to see the survivors get an animal companion (dog) that follows them around who can attack zombies and look for supplies. Let's see something new in the next game please!

aymanstile
aymanstile

Great game no doubt, got it for 30 bucks on BF and i have no regrets. But for the next installment please use better visuals.

MidniteShadow
MidniteShadow

Much Love to Valve for creating such great games. Now they should improve the Source system graphically wise (I know that its meant to be a lite engine for wider variety of computers, and it does look awsome, but there is always room for improvement). They could use the new improve Source engine for EP3 XD.

fattass21
fattass21

@gamer082009 right you are buddy, right you are. the last i heard of anything to do with half life, is a remake of half life 1, i mean, come on, move on. although, it does look rather nice, but all in all, MOVE ON!!!!

djpetitte
djpetitte

I actually like the first one better. I feel bad for any one who paid full price for l4d2 when even steam alreay had a 25% off deal and the game wasn't even two weeks old.

gamer082009
gamer082009

It would be nice if Half-Life would get some more love. It's been a while since anythings been mentioned of EP3.

DarkShock91
DarkShock91

Honestly, I believe Left 4 Dead sold much copies because there were a large amount of retailers selling it for a very low price. I saw many places selling for either $35 or $40 (including GameStop).

Death_Blade_182
Death_Blade_182

Goddammit, Valve... why do you have to be so awesome?

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Besides the 5 or 6 day outage because of their incompetence(what was wrong with rolling back the patch that broke the game?), L4D2 is a good sequel. I just want the influx of people who suck at the game to just... go away. It's mindblowing how terrible some people are.

xxscammersxx
xxscammersxx

I love valve. I find it hilarious when gamers whine over games taking a long time in development such as Episode 3, and then turn their backs and complain over things like L4D2 being released quickly. STFU please.

BuiltForSin
BuiltForSin

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