Valve confirms Left for Dead 3 is not in development

Bubbajim

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Everyone loves a rumor that involves “Valve” and the number three in the same sentence.

The beloved memes about you-know-what-3 have been quelled by the announcement of Half Life: Alyx, but another of Valve’s franchises – Left for Dead – has seen a flurry of speculation recently based on purported ‘leaks.’ These rumors have now been labelled by Valve as ‘misinformation’, as the company has confirmed the game is not in active development.

In a statement to IGN the legendary developers said, “We’ve seen rumors to this effect for the last couple of months. 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."

The rumor-mill started turning again after screenshots and some zombie-head renders resurfaced last year. The pace really picked up when regional HTC Vive executive Alvin Wang Graylin referenced Left for Dead 3 in a slideshow on “2020 VR Trends.”

Fans immediately jumped on the fact that a VR insider had all-but confirmed the game’s existence, though the confirmation was short-lived. In a follow-up tweet, Graylin added, “the #L4D3 mention is only a personal speculation, and all predictions are my own, and not official view of @HTC.”

But the embers of hope glowed still, until Valve’s own statement this week: “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.” Once again, Valve’s allergy to the number after two, but before four, continues.

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Nobina

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It's easy to forget Valve used to makes once. Now it's all CS:GO, Dota (fist and second most played games on Steam, respectively) and Steam.

Last game they pushed out flopped and was DoA, makes me think if they did HL3 or L4D3 today it would be either the same game or garbage.
 

hahahanoobs

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Curse you Valve!!!
It's still a great game with an average of 9K players online at any time of the day.
2833 hours played and still going....
 
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SolarisGuru

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I feel like Valve is on cruise control. I imagine Gabe and his top men swimming in a vault of money Scrooge McDuck style.

Gabe: “We need to make more games!”

-They all look at each other, tossing millions of dollars into the air around them...-

All at once: “NAAAHHHHHHH!!!” -laughter ensues-
 
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m4a4

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Considering there are great games with this style of gameplay, I'm not too worried.

Vermintide 2 has been keeping my attention for the past few weeks...
 

Puiu

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Even I could have told you that LFD3 is not in development. It has an 3 in the name, Valve, will never make it.

It's easy to forget Valve used to makes once. Now it's all CS:GO, Dota (fist and second most played games on Steam, respectively) and Steam.

Last game they pushed out flopped and was DoA, makes me think if they did HL3 or L4D3 today it would be either the same game or garbage.
Half Life Alyx begs to differ.
 

Cubi Dorf

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Turtle rock studio made left 4 dead one and two when valve owned then. they are making new game name back 4 blood. valve doesn’t own the turtle rock studio anymore, but still own the IP and trademarks for left for dead, so need new name.