For the better part of 2019, there were rumors that Valve was secretly working on a follow-up to the Left 4 Dead series, Left 4 Dead 3. The rumor was almost zombie-like, and it kept popping up, despite no official confirmation from Valve. Well, now the company has had enough and has officially squashed the rumors and any hope for Left 4 Dead 3 seeing the light of day.
In a recent statement to IGN, the studio has confirmed they are not working on any Left 4 Dead projects.
“We’ve seen rumors to this effect for the last couple of months,” Valve said. “We did briefly explore some Left 4 Dead next 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.”
So there you have it. Yet another game from Valve that won’t see a third chapter (Half-Life 3, Portal 3). But it does make sense if you think about it. Right now, all of Valve’s focus is on the development of Half-Life: Alyx, a VR game that looks to push both VR gameplay and will finally give us another chance to play in the Half-Life universe. At the same time, Erik Wolpaw, the writer who worked on the Left 4 Dead series, had departed the company nearly three years ago.
If you’re itching for a replacement zombie-killing game, might I suggest checking out World War Z by Saber Interactive? It does a great job of scratching that zombie-killing itch, features 4 player co-op and I find that it’s loads of fun. Give it a try if you haven’t already.