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?