Left 4 Dead 3 may be back in development, according to new leak

More Left 4 Dead 3 concept art has emerged as a notorious leaker claims developer Valve may have resumed making the game.

YouTube channel and fansite Valve News Network claims the studio started making Left 4 Dead 3 “in late 2011 or early 2012” before cancelling it in February 2017. VNN goes on to claim Valve has been surprised by the level of anticipation for Half-Life: Alyx and now wants more VR titles to satisfy customers who’ve bought Valve Index units for that game. Hence, the channel claims “there is a high chance [Valve] will be pulling Left 4 Dead 3 out again – and they may already have done that”.

It continues: “I have word that there were a few major meetings that took place almost immediately after the trailer for Half-Life: Alyx dropped that essentially caused everybody internally at Valve to change everything about their future plans for virtual reality, public communication, and game development in general.”

Separate to the apparently resumed Left 4 Dead 3 / Left 4 Dead VR, VNN has released “15 model renders of zombie heads” – but these are from before the cancellation of Left 4 Dead 3. “A few people approached me with a leak”, VNN says, of “zombie renders created by Half-Life creature designer Ted Bachmann back in 2012”. Take a look at those renders in the video below.

None of this is confirmed, of course, but screenshots supposedly from Left 4 Dead 3 have leaked before. Valve’s VR headset is also known to have been in high demand since the Half-Life: Alyx revealIndex sold out in the US and Canada shortly after the game’s first trailer and Valve has since sought to reassure fans that stock will be replenished by the time Half-Life: Alyx’s release date rolls around in March. Incidentally, some Half-Life: Alyx screenshots also leaked just recently.

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We’ve reached out to Valve for comment on the leaks and will update if and when we hear back.

The original Left 4 Dead launched in 2008, before a sequel was released a year later. The series has been dormant since 2012’s Left 4 Dead 2: Cold Stream DLC.


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