Left 4 Dead pre-orders ahead of Orange Box

Half-Life 2 developer and Steam owner Valave has stated that North American pre-orders for its upcoming console and PC shooter Left 4 Dead are currently 60 per cent ahead of those enjoyed by The Orange Box at the same stage before its release.

Speaking to Edge Online, Valve MD Gabe Newell stated: Pre-orders are running 60 per cent ahead of Orange Box. This in combination with the fact that it is a new IP made us think that an extensive marketing program made a lot of sense.

Left 4 Dead has a long way to go to beat Half-Life and Counter-Strike, but our fans’ excitement when they play the game has certainly infected us. It will be a top five title for the year, but beyond that we’ll have to see how big it gets.”

Supporting the pre-release excitement, the firm has committed to a $10 million marketing spend in North America that includes extensive TV coverage, as well as coverage in the online and print media and an elaborate outdoor advertising initiative.

Left 4 Dead is due to hit UK retail on November 21st.

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