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Left 4 Dead 2 sells two million in two weeks

Left 4 Dead 2 sells two million in two weeks

Left 4 Dead 2 is selling well without even taking Steam sales into account

Two weeks after the release of its latest co-operative zom-apocalypse 'em up developer Valve has announced that Left 4 Dead 2 has been selling extremely well with worldwide retail sales already topping two million - more than double the sales of the original in the same amount of time.

Left 4 Dead 2 is off to a great start with strong support at retail and great reviews from the press,” commented VP of marketing and general Valve big-wig Doug Lombardi, who's obviously been reading our review of Left 4 Dead 2 where Joe praised its superb level design and wide range of new game modes.

What's perhaps even more impressive though is that this sales data doesn't include any sales from Steam, Valve's digital distribution platform. This means Left 4 Dead 2 has undoubtedly sold much more than the quoted two million, although Valve are famously tight lipped when it comes to publishing Steam sales data.

These healthy sales come despite a vocal fan boycott of the game earlier this year, following disappointment that Valve were not supporting last year's original Left 4 Dead to the same degree as the developer had other titles, like Team Fortress 2. Obviously the majority of users aren't bothered though, with the game selling faster than brain flavoured cup cakes at a zombie convention.

Have you been enjoying Left 4 Dead 2 along with the two million+ other owners? Or are you boarding up the windows and waiting out the zombie apocalypse? Either way, let us know in the forums.

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lacuna 2nd December 2009, 12:58 Quote
Maybe they can get to work on Ep.3 now then...
lewchenko 2nd December 2009, 13:03 Quote
Why are they unable to tell us Steam data as a % of sales ?

and what is the split between 360 and PC (even just for retail) ?

I presume the steam amount doesnt change the overall total that much.. which means retail sales are still King (by a long way ?)

If they want to promote the Steam platform as a sales channel, then they need to release the data ????
V3ctor 2nd December 2009, 13:04 Quote
Or... Make L4D3... I'm thrilled to see what they are bringing :D
Gunsmith 2nd December 2009, 13:06 Quote
id prefer it id they didnt work on l4d3, everyone has gone a bit zombie mad as of late, need to give the genre a breather before it becomes stagnant.
Bauul 2nd December 2009, 13:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by lewchenko
Why are they unable to tell us Steam data as a % of sales ?

and what is the split between 360 and PC (even just for retail) ?

I presume the steam amount doesnt change the overall total that much.. which means retail sales are still King (by a long way ?)

If they want to promote the Steam platform as a sales channel, then they need to release the data ????

Doubt it, I imagine they haven't release Steam sales because it's doing brilliantly. They're keeping schtum because they don't want to quantify just how much money it makes them.

I imagine Steam sales are about 50% of units for something like this.
Shadowed_fury 2nd December 2009, 13:17 Quote
Course it has, its damn right epic!
NickCPC 2nd December 2009, 13:44 Quote
Cor, I reckon Steam has accounted for well over 70% of sales, and I bet more than 90% are for PC. I suspect 360 sales will increase as we approach xmas, as it'll probably be a popular present.

Although it was possible to pick up L4D2 for about £16.something iif you got a 4-pack in the Steam sale, I'm waiting for it to drop under £15 before I buy - I made the mistake of paying £26.99 for L4D1 and although I got maybe 75 hours out of it, considering I paid £24.99 for the Orange Box which includes TF2 (which I've had 350+ hrs playtime) I think I paid a bit too much. Come on Valve, drop it to £15! :D
SNIPERMikeUK 2nd December 2009, 13:46 Quote
Nice to know it is selling well, after purchasing it, mainly coz this means extra content will be mandatory to valve (so boycotters say what?)
Yemerich 2nd December 2009, 14:03 Quote
Mm I the only one that is kinda disapointed by L4D2? I think it's much less the fun the first was. Not that it is a bad game, I just found the first one way better. The first one was more of a horror game, this one is like FP "Shoot them up"
Javerh 2nd December 2009, 14:17 Quote
I just bough the first one last Sunday for 7.49e. I'll wait for the sales after Christmas to get L4D2.
Omnituens 2nd December 2009, 14:32 Quote
*prang*
fargo 2nd December 2009, 14:36 Quote
It just goes to show you that people will sit in front of their pc like ZOMBIES and kill those nasty things !! lol
Sickert 2nd December 2009, 14:56 Quote
Personally I won't be buying it, or at least not until it goes on sale for 10$. That's what the new content is worth imho.
logan'srun 2nd December 2009, 15:25 Quote
that's fine, there are over 2 million users already xD
[USRF]Obiwan 2nd December 2009, 15:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
Maybe they can get to work on Ep.3 now then...

+1000!
cyrilthefish 2nd December 2009, 15:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by lewchenko
Why are they unable to tell us Steam data as a % of sales ?

and what is the split between 360 and PC (even just for retail) ?

I presume the steam amount doesnt change the overall total that much.. which means retail sales are still King (by a long way ?)

If they want to promote the Steam platform as a sales channel, then they need to release the data ????
I'd wager the overwhelming majority (90+%?) of those retail sales are for the 360.

The PC platform is still going strong, but it's essentially all but dead in regards to retail sales.
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Originally Posted by Bauul
Doubt it, I imagine they haven't release Steam sales because it's doing brilliantly. They're keeping schtum because they don't want to quantify just how much money it makes them.

I imagine Steam sales are about 50% of units for something like this.
Have to agree.

Though i'd really like to know the PC/360 split of sales as it'd be interesting.
Going from what i've seen personally (my group and my younger brother's group of friends) it does seem to be a 50/50 split, with none of the PC players buying at retail.
rollo 2nd December 2009, 16:03 Quote
All the people I play with on pc brought of steam. Whilst my younger brothers m8s all got it at shops for 360
reflux 2nd December 2009, 16:27 Quote
Got it for £20 in a four pack, well worth it IMO. Need to stop playing MW2 though and give it some attention.
bogie170 2nd December 2009, 18:20 Quote
Cracking game, thye just need to get more servers up, takes too long to find a decent one.
AngusW 2nd December 2009, 19:15 Quote
Lol i waited for it to be in the valve complete pack and wellll :D
knyghtryda 2nd December 2009, 23:01 Quote
I get the feeling a good portion of those sales are due to the recent L4D2 sales happening here in the states. the PC version dropped to $30 for a few days, which is what spurred me to pick up a copy.
Star*Dagger 2nd December 2009, 23:53 Quote
Valve is brilliant, they have a unique blend of marketing skill and great products.

I pre-ordered L4D2 and played the pre-order release, but once Shattered Horizon came out I logged zero (0) hours on L4D2, no relfection on Valve, they are still gods, it is just that 6 degrees of freedom holds my passion more than shooting up Republi.... uh er Zombies.

All Hail Valve (and their Finnish cousins!),
Star¤Dagger
frontline 3rd December 2009, 00:16 Quote
I bought L4D1 and hated it, then didn't buy L4D2 - maybe i am unusual...
TurtlePerson2 3rd December 2009, 06:05 Quote
It's too bad that Valve never releases any information about Steam. I'm sure that they don't want people to know how much money they're making because it would hurt their image as a small independent studio competing against those big mean retailers.
TurtlePerson2 3rd December 2009, 06:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF
Obiwan]
Quote:
Originally Posted by lacuna
Maybe they can get to work on Ep.3 now then...

+1000!

What are they going to do? They need to wrap up a story arc that has become way too large to effectively conclude in a five hour game. They just have writer's block. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that they don't even have a story written for it yet.
gavomatic57 3rd December 2009, 09:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by frontline
I bought L4D1 and hated it, then didn't buy L4D2 - maybe i am unusual...

I dunno, I didn't like it either. Couldn't get into it and not being a fan of multiplayer that isn't Battlefield 2, it seemed a bit shallow. It was almost as if it was developed by SEGA and designed for the arcades.
Bauul 3rd December 2009, 11:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sickert
Personally I won't be buying it, or at least not until it goes on sale for 10$. That's what the new content is worth imho.

Have you actually played it?

Everyone I know who had the same opinion as you rapidly changed their minds after 20 minutes with the game.
impar 3rd December 2009, 11:41 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by Bauul
Everyone I know who had the same opinion as you rapidly changed their minds after 20 minutes with the game.
There is no doubt that L4D2 is better than L4D.
I even uninstalled the original.

Problem with the release of L4D2 was that it was too close to the release of L4D. It divided the community. I still get invites to join L4D games...
daveloft 4th December 2009, 01:54 Quote
At the store I work at we only sold 24 copies for 360 and 8 for PC in the first 2 days. Not very good if you ask me. With MW2 we sold 302 for 360, 300 for PS3 and 60 for PC on the first day alone. Of the 12 people on my steam list all bought L4D when it came out and only 2 bought L4D2 when it came out. From my perspective it doesn't look good at all.
BrAdAsS 4th December 2009, 10:01 Quote
It starts to get bad when you've no sleep, your at work and just wanting to take out a few more zombies.... LOL
Initialised 5th December 2009, 22:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by BrAdAsS
It starts to get bad when you've no sleep, your at work and just wanting to take out a few more zombies.... LOL
then someone burps behind you and you automatically turn and shove them away like a boomer.
smc8788 5th December 2009, 23:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Initialised
then someone burps behind you and you automatically turn and shove them away like a boomer.

...and then you start repeatedly beating them senseless with a frying pan.

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