Left 4 Dead preorders outpace Orange Box

Valve claims Turtle Rock's zombie horror shooter prelaunch sales up 65 percent over game maker's own highly acclaimed shooter compilation.

Turtle Rock Studios' Left 4 Dead may have been announced in January 2007, but it wasn't until Valve picked up the one-time Counter-Strike mod maker one year later that the game became much more than a blip on survival horror fans' radars. Now, with the full weight of the acclaimed Half-Life creator behind the game, it's generating hype enough to rival Valve's much-acclaimed Orange Box, which included Half-Life 2, its first two episodes, Portal, and Team Fortress 2.

Putting that interest in quantifiable numbers, Valve said this week that preorders of Left 4 Dead were selling at a rate 65 percent greater than the Orange Box at a comparable time before launch. Although Valve has not revealed how many copies, exactly, The Orange Box has sold across the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 platforms, publishing partner EA said in January that the game had attained platinum status within three months of its launch.

A survival horror shooter, Left 4 Dead is set in modern-day America, in which the remnants of a town attempt to blast their way through an ocean of zombies lest they become infected themselves. The game relies heavily on cooperative play, and supports up to four players at a time in online modes. Valve and Turtle Rock's shooter also includes competitive modes, in which players can hunt or be hunted as part of both the human and zombie factions.

Left 4 Dead is expected to infect the PC and Xbox 360 beginning on November 18. Aiding those preorder figures, Valve is offering a 10 percent discount on the PC edition of the game to those who pick it up in advance through Steam. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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division_9
division_9

Yeah Valve your so smart I'd have to agree that spending time porting Left 4 dead to the PS3 not only makes you lose more money then you gain from all the copies sold but your game is so good its a industry mover and itll make all the PS3 users buy an Xbox 360. Who the hell do they think they are?. Its not GEOW or MGS4, its just Left 4 Dead, a game that uses the same engine as all the Valve games have since 2004, making Valve look cheap.

Media_Mind
Media_Mind

they get more money if they ported to ps3 than 360

CraZedmonKey13
CraZedmonKey13

Gamespot reported back in September, I think? That there would be a Left for Dead demo and a Fracture demo to be released. Fracture the game has come and gone but still no Left for Dead demo. I'd love to play the demo before the game comes out but even if I don't get a demo, I am still gonna have to get this game.

redline09
redline09

i dont know.. why, but playing half-life on the 360 makes me feel really sick :(

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I agree slayersdeath200, Valve are quite simply my favourite dev (Ubisoft a close second), they simply push the boundaries and are not afraid to try new things, not to mention are possibly the most innovative dev around (Portal anyone??). Im really looking forward to L4D, and just hope that Lomabardi and his team get on with HL2 Episode 3 : ) Valve dont do things by halves.

slayersdeath200
slayersdeath200

If anyone thinks this is going to be a bad game try to remember have Valve ever made a bad game....... NO!!!!! Valve = AWESOME! Valve games = SUPER AWESOME

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

The game was done with the source engine which is kinda obsolete in terms of graphics quality but the game has tons of zombies, co-op and shotguns!!! What's not to like? I love counter strike source so this game will feel just right in my hands. Roll out the game already :D

MajinDante
MajinDante

can't wait for this game. good ol' fashion zombie bashing.

snake3rules
snake3rules

i love zombies but Im not gonna get this, simply because fps's suck, and their way past being interesting or worthwhile in videogames-- every game should have a third person perspective by now, it should become as regular as multiple controller layouts -- I know a lot of people who just dont like fps, and its usually because they get nauseous within five minutes of starting ... please, fps, go the way of the dodo bird....

Ravanofdarkness
Ravanofdarkness

Hell Yeah Left4Dead is a must Buy for me.Zombies Awesome, 4 Player Co-op Awesome, Game made by the Counter-Strike and half-life series AWESOME!!!

kamikaze_pigmy
kamikaze_pigmy

I was really hyped for this game, but the footage I've seen just makes it look really outdated, I'm not preordering, want to wait for reviews 1st..

paydirt76
paydirt76

What attracts me to L4D beyond the ability to co-op is that the game will enforce teamwork between the survivors (if you stray too far, too long, you die), also the game's ability to sense "pacing of the action" and allow lulls in the action so the players can catch their breath before throwing more at them.

thegame1980
thegame1980

That's good news. This game has been on my top wanted list since I first heard of it last year. As a fan of zombies and survival horror I think this is going to be one of the best games yet especially since it relies HEAVELY on multiplayer teamwork.

drumbreak1
drumbreak1

yeah zombie panic was bad and thats being nice lol

mikeyg756
mikeyg756

to Zaku: Zombie panic has to be the worst game i have ever played. Far too slow, very unfinished feeling. Left 4 dead isn't just an upgrade of that, its a f****** god compared to that tiny insect.

Skuad_Knight
Skuad_Knight

Valve proves again that Steam works and that good games sell well.

DemonoftheAbyss
DemonoftheAbyss

so pumped for this game! already have it preordered. and raccoon, they arent gonna make it for 360, cuz it would suck. u lose most of ur twitch reaction capabilities on console

raccoon78
raccoon78

Can I get some counter-strike 360 yet?

ShadowJake
ShadowJake

this game looks great. valve makes awesome games, but i was getting tired of half-life, so this looks to be something fresh. i will get this for sure and add to those preorder records

DigitalExile
DigitalExile

I thought The Orange Box was the perfect gaming deal, so I think the fact that this is "outpacing" TOB preorders is just due to hype. That's not to say this game will be bad, how would I know? Just that the preorders are not (and should not be) an indication of its quality.

FunkyNinja
FunkyNinja

Cant wait, Valve never fails me! :D

Eko_Eko_Azarak
Eko_Eko_Azarak

This game looks great and I feel that I can trust Valve to put out a good product. AND HOPEFULLY THIS MAKES THEM WORK HARDER ON HALF LIFE 2 EPISODE 3!!!!!!!

Hott-FuzZ
Hott-FuzZ

People will bow to this game

zaku101
zaku101

Looks like a downgraded version of Zombie Panic.

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

Apart from the co-op, there doesn't seem to be TOO much more added to the genre. Although the thought of 4 player zombie mashing co-op is a massive plus for me. But hey, I'll see how it gets received first, then make my decision.

Ubersj
Ubersj

pretty cool. orange box wasnt a compilation of previously available products... episode 2 , portal and tf2 all saw their first light through the orange box...

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

An original title beats a compilation of previously available product? How shocking! And given that nobody wants to give out any sales numbers also makes this article stupid! It IMPLIES that Orange Box sold shipped millions in it's first weeks, and by implication L4D is also going to ship millions, without actually saying anything like that actually! Don't you have to love marketing in the guise of news?!

the_requiem
the_requiem

THIS is what I wanted my Resident Evil 4 to be. Pre-ordering this one for sure.

firehawk998
firehawk998

This one is gonna be a hit. For sure.

initiald411
initiald411

Seems I'm not as easily impressed as everyone else but then again I don't like shooters to begin with. This is going back to the plain play of what a shooter is an that's just not for me. Although I've been liking the newer shooters this just seems like a hoped up zombie mode from counter strike source. Then again some people just love this kind of stuff no matter what. Not saying its bad but this type of game just doesn't interest me in the slightest. I'm more of a RPG guy but I will say Far Cry 2 is on the top of my list this holiday season.

macabre190788
macabre190788

A zombie-shooter with 4 player co-op? What's not to love?

ibanezdropd
ibanezdropd

i would have this pre-ordered, but i already have 3 pre-ordred right now... i may have to wait a bit

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

I cant wait for this game. Onlien coop zombie action? To good to be true! And on top of it, Valve is making it, and they dont make any bad games. Got my LEFT4DEAD preordered for PC already, I CANT WAIT!

Un4givingAsault
Un4givingAsault

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SpinoRaptor
SpinoRaptor

This game looks to good to be true. I absolutely love zombie survival horrors :D

Czenkus
Czenkus

Awesome, this is going to be a fun one :)

ViolentSxht
ViolentSxht

This game looks really great, unfortunately I'll have to wait for a possible PS3 release. Paying for an online service is obsolete.

mugupo
mugupo

Orange Box is over rate, no co-play is a joke. Most of the game just same portal of pc half 1 and 2. Graphic is not redone, look same as pc to me. But this game was not in next Generation as i thought is.

KLINGON
KLINGON

Hope its not like Tomb Raider but hey i did get a $50.00 bobble head...........

Hott-FuzZ
Hott-FuzZ

I dont care what any reviews say, i'm buying this game without a doubt. I'm positive this game cant go wrong.

Craft2299
Craft2299

Man, somethings telling me this is going to be a HIT that will change other games!

EcksBocks360
EcksBocks360

I only pre-order games that I know are going to be good, like sequels or prequels. Not that I don't like original games, its just that I would rather see how it does first before I take a chance on it.

ratavaquera
ratavaquera

im still waiting for Far Cry 2 50 square km! up to 30 hrs of gameplay if you do the main missions up to 60-80 hrs of gameplay if you explore and do secondary missions thats what everyone is talking about :P oh, dont forget the Map Creator it adds more hours of online gameplay!