Remember when Valve used to make games? Yeah, neither do I. Before starting to completely focus on their PC platform, Steam, Valve used to give us exceptional games. Half-Life, Portal… And Left 4 Dead.
After the massive success of Left 4 Dead, Valve was quick to release a sequel -maybe too quick. After the 2008 hit of the first game, Valve announced the sequel the next year, angering the fans of the original game and making people think that Valve would stop supporting the first game. Fans even started a signature campaign asking that “L4D2 not be released as a stand-alone, full-priced sequel but as either a free update to Left 4 Dead or an expansion with full compatibility with basic Left 4 Dead owners.”, and that campaign got nearly 25,000 signatures.
But Valve may have taken that a bit too serious since it’ been almost 9 years since we’ve seen an L4D game, and 5 years since Valve developed a significant game. But there are certain rumors, leaks and teases that could mean that Valve finally learned how to count to 3.
Left 4 Dead 3 Release Date
Except for a couple of unofficial leaks and rumors, we, unfortunately, do not have any official information about a release date from Valve right now. We are mostly sure that HL3 is dead now, but given the fact that L4D is a more recent series, a third installment is not that impossible, so do not get your hopes down. As soon as an official release date is announced, we will let you know.
Left 4 Dead 3 Trailer
As of know, there isn’t any trailer for the game since it has not even announced. We had a tiny bit of hope for the E3 2018 this year, but we were let down. We know that Valve does a great job keeping their development cycles a secret, just like Bethesda, so do not cease all of your hope.
Left 4 Dead 3 Rumors
In 2016, a file called “left4dead3” was found in a tutorial for the Destinations Workshop tools as a reference to a new Left 4 Dead game. Fans started investigating and speculating and it got famous really quickly but just like that, the file was removed, raising the suspicion levels. One need only look at franchises such as Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed in order to understand why they stick to this approach.
The rumors do not stop here, though.
Around 6 months ago, a developer that was rumored to be working on Left 4 Dead 3, Ted Carson, was featured in a Facebook profile with a what seems to be an L4D3 teaser with the series’ iconic zombie hand holding 3 fingers on his profile banner, implying the third game is being made. What made this significant was the Left 4 Dead website’s social media link changing to point to the profile. But there were a lot of clues pointing to the fact that this was fake.
First of all, the profile was created with an unrelated G-Mail address, and it was listed as a female. Plus the image of the zombie’s hand with the 3 fingers turned out to be photoshopped, just an edited version of a screenshot from Left 4 Dead, just cutting off the pinkie and a fake Left 4 Dead 3 teaser on a fake Facebook account.
But the real thing that proved this was all just a prank was the profile’s last picture. The profile shared a picture of the hand again, but it was holding a card and the text on the image said “The Left 4 Dead Card Game.”. This was clearly a joke, even an unofficial-but-well-known Twitter user Steam Database tweeted: “Left 4 Dead 2′s official page was taken down or removed, and someone has taken it over ~23 hours ago and uploaded an edited hand picture from the L4D1 trailer.” How did this profile’s link make it to the Left 4 Dead’s official website, we still do not know but the website was probably partially hacked.
Left 4 Dead 3 Gameplay – Possible Changes
So if Valve was ever to announce the third installment of the series, what would change? How could they bring something new to the already-oversaturated zombie shooter scene?
Crafting: We have seen crafting implemented to zombie games before, like Dying Light and Dead Island. And considering those games have co-op too, there is no reason L4D3 couldn’t use it. Except for the standard guns, we could craft different bombs, melee weapons, gun attachments, armor, so on and so forth. Valve would have to work hard to make it so that it doesn’t slow game down, though.
Stealth: Implementing stealth to co-op games have been always a struggle, but not impossible. We have seen it on Dying Light and Payday 2. It could give the game a sense of fear and desperation, knowing that if you fail, you could get overwhelmed by the zombies. They used a rather-similar system before on L4D games, where if you shoot a car and its alarm starts to ringing, all the zombies in the area would rush towards you. But, a complete stealth mechanism would be very welcome.
More Content: Valve always supports their game as long as possible and -most of the time- listen to their customers. They have released a lot free DLC for a lot of their games and that will not change, given the fact that how much gamers love Valve’s this particular habit. But they could add even more content to the third game. More characters, possibly with different stats, would be a welcome change. A more fleshed-out story would be great rather than small, short storylines.
The Final Words
So, what can we expect in the future? Except for a couple of unofficial leaks and rumors, we do not have anything at the moment, and the series may very well be dead, but we cannot know for sure. Valve keeps their development cycles a secret so we can get an announcement at any moment. It could even be a new series, who knows. But for now, we are off to playing Left 4 Dead 2, because that game never ends with its unlimited amount of game types, community mods, and free DLC.