Yes, Valve is making new games. Yes, they’re making… sequels? Franchise follow-ups? But! No, they are not working on one in specific. And for once, we can actually say they’re not squashing Half-Life rumors. (Not that they ever say much to begin with.)
In recent weeks, alleged leaks regarding the unconfirmed Left 4 Dead 3 game surfaced in a number of forms. The leaks, of course, stirred production rumors. And Valve told IGN point-blank, absolutely the hell not.
“We’ve seen rumors to this effect for the last couple of months,” Valve told IGN directly in a 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.”
It sounds like zombie franchises weren’t entirely out of the question for Valve. According to IGN, Valve stated that “there were some explorations into a next-gen Left 4 Dead title in the past,” per the IGN article. No such games are actively in development, though.
Why The Hype?
A number of small leaks that went around Valve fansites stirred the rumors in recent weeks, plus one major slip from an executive. The president of HTC China, Alvin Wang, threw into a presentation that hype for “Valve HL Alyx / LFD3 will drive consumer and AAA interest.” Of course, being the president of Valve’s former primary VR hardware manufacturer, this drove a ton of speculation.
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Meanwhile, Valve News Network received alleged screenshots of concept art for various new monsters in a game. In the resulting video, he claimed that Half-Life: Alyx’s pre-order success invoked discussion about the future of Valve games. This led to speculation that, mayhaps, there would be the return of the cancelled Left 4 Dead 3 title.
The L4D3 hype train has quietly rolled for years. In the past, aformer concept artist, who left in 2017, dropped some concept art for what fans speculated to be L4D3 characters and monsters. Valve News Network pointed to some potential L4D3 assets and references in a benchmark program for HTC Vive, which was built using the Source Engine (the same engine used for L4D, Dota, CS:GO and other Valve games).
Valve News Network also dropped some leaked development assets years back, claiming that they were part of L4D3, but also claimed that the game was cancelled since. Plenty of small, similar rumors have popped up in the years since L4D2, but they’ve simmered as Valve employees came and went.
But unfortunately, despite all the trickle of possible information, it looks like Valve is pulling the brakes.