Gamers have logged countless hours playing Left 4 Dead 2 over the last 11 years. In those 11 years, fans have been clamoring for the game’s developer, Valve, to do something more with the franchise. For some franchise fans, that means creating Left 4 Dead 3. For those who consider the 2nd Left 4 Dead game to be one of the most complete games ever created, they just want some updates. Could updates be on the way for Left 4 Dead 2? Read on to learn more.
What Sparked the Interest in Left 4 Dead 2 Updates
With its semi-random levels, great arcade-style shooting, excellent writing, and the improvements to the AI in the form of Director 2.0, Left 4 Dead 2’s in-game loop is nearly perfect in a way that the original didn’t quite manage. The balance between more relaxed moments of swatting away stray zombies and chatting with your friends, punctuated by chaotic high-tension shootouts against an encroaching horde, is about as fun and satisfying a loop as any game can manage.
The quest to update the Left 4 Dead franchise has been ongoing for more than a decade. Since then, there have been many rumors, leaks and hoaxes by fans wanting Valve to confirm the existence of a sequel to Left 4 Dead 2. Unfortunately, Valve has been very tight-lipped in those years.
The lack of an official announcement from Valve hasn’t stopped people from creating plenty of hoaxes and fan-made ‘leaks’ in the last few years. It wasn’t until Valve provided a statement in 2020 that fans took this to mean the end of the franchise. Valve told to IGN, “we did briefly explore some Left 4 Dead next opportunities a few years ago. But we are absolutely not working on anything L4D related now, and haven’t for years.”
Now that Left 4 Dead 3 is completely out of the picture (at least in the near future), gamers have started to put all of their
Easter eggs into the proverbial Left 4 Dead 2 updates basket. This is also because of the many developers that have developed games that have mimicked the idiosyncrasies of Left 4 Dead for their own games (i.e.Turtle Rock Studios’ Back 4 Blood).
What Could Left 4 Dead 2 Updates Mean for Gamers?
Updating Left 4 Dead 2 could mean that the game could be played on more platforms (as of 2021, it’s only playable via Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Xbox 360). An update also isn’t something that is outside the scope of possibilities for Valve. Case in point, last October 2020, Valve released loads of new features to the game, calling the update ‘The Last Stand’. This free update was available for every player and included new weapons, new maps, new enemies, and a whole new campaign.
Apart from that, new weapons have made their way to the update making combat even more fun. A range of mini tweaks has made the update possible. This includes better and smooth animations supplemented with the addition of unused dialog from the title.
The Left 4 Dead 2 Community is Thriving
The Left 4 Dead 2 community has never been more proactive than it is today. It could also be because of the ongoing pandemic. But, regardless of what the reason is, it has been a messenger of good news for the gaming community. If you’re keen on playing Left 4 Dead 2, then purchase for just $5.99 (that’s 41% off!) only on Electronic First to get in on the action!
Do you think that Left 4 Dead 2 deserves an update or would you prefer to see Left 4 Dead 3 instead? What features do you feel Valve really needs to add to the game? Let us know!
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