Is Valve Working on ‘Left 4 Dead 3′?

Aug 6, 2013 by  

Left 4 Dead 3 Rumor PC Screen

If there’s one developer that knows how to keep a secret it’s Valve. After letting gamers’ speculative minds run rampant with talk of Half-Life 3 for several years now, the developer has done nothing to push the issue one way or the other.

With that being said, however, there are a few instances where Valve does slip up, and a big secret gets out. For example, just today we have our first hint that Left 4 Dead 3 might be in development.

While visiting Valve’s headquarters in Bellevue, Washington, a group of DOTA 2 players snapped a shot of a developer’s PC, which included a lengthy list of tasks. And buried somewhere in the middle of that list was a task assigned to one Ted Carson that involved testing the networking on Left 4 Dead 3.

Now, considering this is Valve, we are going to approach this with a level head. Obviously, it’s well within Valve’s purview to leave a few morsels of misdirection lying around, especially when prying eyes abound. But, at the same time, the idea that Valve is working on a sequel to Left 4 Dead isn’t entirely surprising.

Check out the very telling PC screens below:

In fact, a Valve document that leaked back in June suggested a sequel was in the works. That same document also suggested Half-Life 3 is in development, but we’re not ready to open that can of worms just yet.

While the prolific developer and Steam creator has kept Half-Life 3 details under lock and key, they have been pretty forthcoming with regards to their Portal and Left 4 Dead franchises. So, even if the existence of Left 4 Dead 3 got out, we highly doubt this “leak” is seen on the same scale as a Half-Life level leak.

However, until Valve decides to officially unveil Left 4 Dead 3 this should be treated as a rumor and nothing more. A brief log entry on a developer’s task list isn’t a smoking gun, and it isn’t necessarily even related to a full game. These gamers were on site at Bellevue as DOTA 2 fans after all, so who’s to say the Left 4 Dead item isn’t related to that popular MOBA.

Left 4 Dead 3 might be in development, but Valve isn’t saying anything about that right now. Also, just in case you were wondering, Half-Life 3 still hasn’t been announced.

Are you ready for Left 4 Dead 3? Should Valve be putting effort into a Left 4 Dead sequel when fans obviously want a new Half-Life?


Source: Reddit


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  1. Awesome news….though like you said it might not be true, and it’s a no brainer that they are.

    I want this and Portal 3 more than Half-Life 3 if I’m being honest

    • +1

  2. There is no doubt in my mind this is true. I was one of the original EMS testers and Kerry Davis, who is at the top (if you can find a high res image of the leak), was our development point of contact. The fact that he’s on there, and mentioning Vscript development almost definitely confirms this legit for me!

  3. Considering the last one came out in 2009, we are overdue.

  4. This would actually be a big deal for all of Valve’s franchises. They have Portal 2, L4D2, TF2, Half-Life 2, DOTA 2, but not one 3! I get the feeling that if L4D2 happens, then more 3s will follow.

  5. Honestly, I’d rather have L4D3 than any other sequel they could offer, followed by Portal 3 and TF3.

  6. Valve already confirmed L4D3. They did it with a reveal of the Pyro taking off their mask and an image of L4D3 was the face.

    • No, no, you’re thinking of the wrong one. That reveal was Gordon Freeman with a big 3 on his forehead. The L4D3 leak was in the inside of the Companion Cube.

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