It’s all about perspective. Sure, Valve’s upcoming, highly anticipated zombie shooter Left 4 Dead won’t make its targeted summer release, but at least the game is “mostly finished.”
Speaking to Shacknews this week, Valve’s head of marketing Doug Lombardi talked about the status of the apocalyptic thriller.
“So the game is pretty much playable all the way through right now. As we’ve done with most of our games, we get to a point where it’s playable all the way through. There are some [minor] issues that we need to work on, and we try to add more time to the schedule to have as many people as possible play the game, to make sure that it’s approachable to players of all skills,” he said.
Lombardi went on to detail what was next in the development process for the game, which puts players in the shoes of one of four humans in a zombie apocalypse and gives players the chance to take control of the living dead.
“We want to make sure that all the game that we’ve built gets played, not just be like, ‘Okay, it’s complete, let’s ship it,'” he said, while comparing the current status of the game to that of Half Life 2 which followed the same development pattern of being mostly finished in the spring and released in the fall. “We’re in a pretty similar state right now, with it being, what, early May, and we’re looking at the same time frame — November — for shipping.”