Valve hearts EA, will continue relationship

Hey, Valve likes Electronic Arts, so what’s your problem? In an interview with Eurogamer, Valve’s Gabe Newell wonders the same thing. 

“Everybody always tells us what a horrible monster EA is supposed to be,” he said, “and we keep waiting for the hair to sprout out and the fangs to grow.”

Newell and the folks at Valve are so happy with their relationship with the industry giant (who are publishing the The Orange Box compilation this fall), that he’s confident that the upcoming Left 4 Dead will also be published by EA. Additionally, Newell says there’s a “strong possibility” of a free Left 4 Dead launch weekend on Steam prior to release.

“It’s a game that requires you to play it,” Newell explains. “You can describe it until you’re blue in the face, but five minutes of playing it is definitely better than watching a 30-second spot on MTV to try to get you to understand why Left 4 Dead is going to be worth your time and money.”

Three words, guys: Cooperative zombie survival. Who needs a free weekend to sell them on that?

[Thanks, TheGoldenDonut!]

Nick Chester