Poor Valve, they just can’t seem to catch a break. Hot on the heels of the Left 4 Dead 2 boycott debacle and the newly brewing Team Fortress 2 item-deletion snafu comes the news that the new Left 4 Dead campaign, Crash Course, is going to be free for PC users, but will cost 560 Microsoft Banana Bucks for 360 users.
Is Valve heading for another ill-deserved boycott? Maybe not, says Left 4 Dead writer Chet Faliszek. According to Chet, the decision to charge for the X-Box 360 mission lies solely with Microsoft. As Mr. Faliszek tells it, Steam is Valve’s distribution platform, so they can charge whatever they want, even give stuff away for free. Microsoft of course owns LIVE, so pricing for downloadable content there is a whole different ball game.
Left 4 Dead was a huge hit on X-Box LIVE and still commands a loyal fan-base, even if it doesn’t chart in Major Nelson’s top ten LIVE games anymore. The majority of Left 4 Dead players probably won’t know that their PC cousins are getting a new map for free, but for those who do know, I’m sure this is going to be a major bone of contention going into Left 4 Dead 2.
I never could get into Left 4 Dead on 360, I just prefer the PC for that game. Unless I miss my guess, I’m sure that a few of you guys have played it on the 360, so what’s it going to be? Are you going to pass on Crash Course and wait for Left 4 Dead 2, or have you sworn off the whole franchise altogether?