Fans of the zombie slayer Left 4 Dead games (myself included!) have long been clamoring for a third installment to make its way onto the Steam store much like our Half-Life brothers and sisters. However, Valve have responded recently by shutting down rumors of any Left 4 Dead 3 game being in development.
With the success of 2008’s Left 4 Dead and 2009’s Left 4 Dead 2, gamers did not expect to be waiting long for Left 4 Dead 3 to come to light. However, the game which was reportedly in development in 2011 or 2012, was canceled in 2017. Recent rumors gave the fanbase a glimmer of hope though. YouTube channel Valve News Network claimed that it acquired concept art for Left 4 Dead 3 that was drawn in 2012, which you can see in the video below.
Valve News Network also claimed that the positive reception to Half-Life: Alyx changed Valve’s plans for virtual reality, which hinted that the next Left 4 Dead game may be a VR version. That speculation was then supported by a presentation uploaded to Twitter by Alvin Wang Graylin, president of HTC Vive in China.
On the 2020 VR Trends slide, you can see a bullet point which says “Valve HL Alyx/L4D3 will drive consumer and AAA studio interest.” This was viewed as confirmation that Left 4 Dead 3 was in the works and we all rejoiced in zombie slaying glory. However, such joy didn't last too long. In a statement to IGN, Valve shot down all rumors that it was working on a new Left 4 Dead game.
Come on Valve, you know you want to.“We’ve seen rumors to this effect for the last couple of months,” said Valve in its statement. “We did briefly explore some Left 4 Dead next-gen opportunities a few years ago. But we are absolutely not working on anything L4D related now, and haven’t for years. It’s clear some people are having fun creating misinformation to spin up the community and other outlets. Unfortunately, for now, a new L4D game is not something we’re working on,” said Valve.