Posted on May 5, 2008, Chris Valve: We’re “Not PS3 Developers,” but Left 4 Dead PS3 Still Possible
As things stand, there are no plans to bring the co-op friendly zombie shooter Left 4 Dead to any platform aside from PCs and Xbox 360. If you’re wondering why that is, Valve’s Doug Lombardi put it quite simply: they’re “not PS3 developers.”
Lombardi explained, “EA came to us and said ‘Wow, Orange Box was an incredible project, can we do a PS3 version?’” But while games like Half-Life and Team Fortress already have an established name, Left 4 Dead is a completely new IP, so it’s not guaranteed to sell like a new Half-Life game. “Left 4 Dead doesn’t have that guaranteed appeal yet – it’s a new IP,” Lombardi told CVG.
“If you mention a new Half-Life, people want to make as many versions of it as possible. If Left 4 Dead is big, then we may see a PS3 version later, or if and when we do a sequel, people may be more interested in that.
“We’re only 150 people, so there’s only so many things we can do. But it’s one of those things with partners, wanting to take on that investment and risk. I think until L4D is proven, you’ll probably just see what we make in that franchise.”
If Left 4 Dead proves to be a success EA seems like a potential suitor to port the game to PS3. As for the game being successful, let’s be realistic – a co-op zombie game on 360/a shooter developed by Valve on PC is about as much of a formula for success as you can have without naming your game Halo or Grand Theft Auto.
Should EA handle the port, though, let’s hope it’s less shoddy than that Orange Box port.