With the release of Left 4 Dead"s spiritual successor Back 4 Blood, you might find yourself wondering whether there"s going to lớn be Left 4 Dead 3. Back in 2020, Valve addressed rumors and said that it isn"t developing a new Left 4 Dead game, and hasn"t been for years. Even with this denial, the rumor mill continues to lớn churn, and there"s clearly still a lot of hope that we will one day see a follow-up to lớn Left 4 Dead 2, which if you can believe it, was released almost 12 years ago.

Even with Back 4 Blood filling the void, It"s not so surprising that there is still such a strong desire for The Left 4 Dead series to lớn return in earnest. After all, it sits in the upper echelons of the zombie shooter genre, with the unique co-op angle proving impossible to lớn replicate in the years after its release. Left 4 Dead 2 only refined the formula and is still played consistently on Steam. The trò chơi provides an unparalleled bout of adrenaline in Versus mode with your friends, where players take turns controlling survivors & zombies, crawling to the safe room doors, filling up & repelling tanks, and having a whale of a time.

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Follow on as we run through some of the rumors spun about Left 4 Dead 3 over the years, and divine about what we would lượt thích to see if a potential sequel does ever happen.

Valve confirms in 2020 that Left 4 Dead 3 is not in the works

Back in early 2020, Valve confirmed in a statement to lớn IGN that Left 4 Dead 3 is not in development. This statement came after HTC china president Alvin Wang Graylin shared slides from a presentation, which listed LFD3 as a project alongside Half-Life Alyx. We now know it was just speculation on Graylin"s part. Interestingly, as well confirming it was not in development and hadn"t been for years, Valve did explain that it had explored opportunities related to lớn the franchise in the past.

"We’ve seen rumors to lớn this effect for the last couple of months. We did briefly explore some Left 4 Dead next opportunities a few years ago," Valve said. "But we are absolutely not working on anything L4D related now, và haven’t for years. It’s clear some people are having fun creating misinformation lớn spin up the community and other outlets. Unfortunately, for now a new L4D trò chơi is not something we’re working on."

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There have been a number of rumors pertaining to lớn Left 4 Dead 3’s development, with many credible sources teasing its existence. While Valve addressed some of the rumors, there have been some notable rumors over the years.

The first interesting tidbit arrived in 2014 thanks to lớn an anonymous source posting a singular image lớn Neogaf with the garbled caption “jU$st fel acros myd esk, mbight b a thin.g”.

The image is a screenshot of an mở cửa Powerpoint presentation, seemingly an internal, confidential Valve document that showcases levels from Left 4 Dead 2 enhanced & rebuilt in Valve’s Source 2.0 engine. The main event appears to be the Plantation mission, the final stakeout in the Swamp Fever campaign. With no official word on the matter, we can’t be sure that this came from Valve, but given how well-made it looks, it must have been the work of some incredibly talented modders & developers if not.

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If we flash-forwards to năm nhâm thìn we can then address the wonderful investigative sleuthing of Tyler McVicker of Valve News Network, who collected a number of leaks from the Steam VR Performance Tool, which appeared to blow Valve’s entire future development plans wide open via a number of Source 2 files. As well as a “retired engineer” character found in the Left 4 Dead 3 directory, a new Special Infected is also referenced, known as The Nocturnal, whose abilities may have been tied lớn a day/night cycle, one of the features of the new engine. It’s worth checking out this run-through of the leaked content on the ValveTime website if you’d like to know more, which includes a potential Left 4 Dead thử nghiệm map, possibly bound for VR, & containing strings referencing a Moroccan lantern.

In what appears to lớn be a gaffe on the side of Valve, references khổng lồ the trò chơi (and Half Life 3, for Pete’s sake!) were found in the tệp tin directories, which led many khổng lồ assume that the trò chơi was in development. Later that year, a tutorial posted to Valve’s official developer community website contained an image that referenced a ‘l4d3’ thư mục before it was swiftly replaced, too. Later in 2017, user Barnz posted a discussion thread lớn the ValveTime diễn đàn pointing to the portfolio trang web of one Moby Francke, an ex-Valve artist who appears khổng lồ have drafted up some concept characters for a potential Left 4 Dead 3. The two characters are armed khổng lồ the teeth và look fit for fighting zombies. At that time it was surmised that the previously leaked VR files matched the actual textures for the 3d models of these characters, further turning the rumor mill.

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Earlier this year in April 2019 we saw perhaps the most credible leak yet in a series of woefully boring screenshots of a walled middle-eastern city. These were once more provided by Valve News Network host Tyler McVicker và despite lacking confirmation, it certainly lines up with the conceptualized character designs. The problem is that at this point, it looks like the project was probably canned, as the images are from an old 2013 build of the game. At this point, it’s probably not worth getting your hopes up about Left 4 Dead 3.

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Left 4 Dead 3 wishlist

Still, we can"t help but imagine just what a Left 4 Dead 3 would be like. Below, we"ve put together a wishlist for features we"d love lớn see as we continue to dream about one day seeing a sequel.

1. New & returning characters

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One of the Left 4 Dead series’ best features are the interesting and diverse cast of characters available to players. Though their backstories have previously been explored via easter eggs, external truyền thông media and back và forth voice lines, characters lượt thích Louis and Bill have still become beloved in the eyes of fans, even appearing in other titles.

Given the time since the previous game, Valve will have no doubt had time lớn dream up an even more unlikely team of protagonists from all corners of the globe, not just America. The avenues for exploration of their moral code via in-game side missions, environmental storytelling and more have opened up significantly since the days of Left 4 Dead 2, and the concept introduced in The Sacrifice of losing a player as part of the narrative and making genuine choices mid-gameplay could certainly be expanded in the next game.

2. Intercontinental maps và biomes

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As well as an even more culturally diverse cast, it’d be great lớn see the trò chơi spread it’s wings from North America và travel to other continents. Whilst Valve risk muddying the waters by making the chiến dịch an international journey, perhaps a change of scene would be good for exploring different biomes & their related infected (see the clowns at the carnival & the context-specific swamp zombies.)

Even if it was phối in Europe, or as the leaks suggest, the Middle-East, it’d be a fascinating new lens khổng lồ present the chất lượng zombie apocalypse that Valve has crafted. We already know that iconic maps can come from humble beginnings lượt thích No Mercy’s claustrophobic hospital, so by taking a step back, perhaps we could be in for some even more death-defying mix pieces.

3. New special infected types

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As referenced in the leaks, The Nocturnal is evidence that Valve already had plans for more special infected beyond the already stacked roster of Jockeys, Tanks, Spitters and the like. It’s worth noting that zombie dog sound files have been found as cut nội dung from the game, and more notably The Screamer was cut from the game, a special zombie that alerts the horde lớn its position by yelling. With enhanced logic potential & increased player-infected interaction, the gate is xuất hiện for swathes of new enemy types that learn from years of iteration và play mind games with the survivors rather than being purely physical like the Tank or Hunter.

4. VR capabilities

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Given Valve’s focus on VR with SteamVR, the điện thoại htc Vive & now the Valve Index, it’d make sense to see Left 4 Dead 3 offer some kind of VR support. Whether that means cross-play with PC players or a specific game mode for designated VR players, it’d be fascinating (if not nauseating) lớn zip around the maps as a hunter, scaling buildings & leaping through the air to land on prey. It’s certainly possible to load up a VR player with the abilities of the infected, and given Valve’s rumored work on a Half Life 2 VR release, perhaps the tricky kiến thiết issues of implementing shooter chơi game into VR might have been remedied by the point of its release, allowing VR players to exist in an asymmetrical map and contend with one another. It would certainly be an ambitious concept to pull off, but well worth it if it works.

5. Horde và director intelligence enhancements

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Left 4 Dead’s AI director is by far and away the most impressive and ambitious part of the zombie shooter’s formula, a dynamic means lớn control the pacing & difficulty of each round of survival, as the players strive to lớn get khổng lồ the safe room & proceed to lớn the next map. Even though the A.I. Is still fairly unmatched as far as online asymmetrical co-op multiplayer goes, the mind boggles as khổng lồ what Valve could vì with the directorial systems in-game given enhancements in machine learning since the previous game’s release.

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Horde và special infected management as well as the spawning of Tanks and Witches could be even more clever và adrenaline-pumping than before. Beyond the infected, the director is also in control of items, bản đồ events like car alarms và rain & music, which is the main means to figure out if you’re about lớn get swarmed or not. Technically, this is the most tricky part to lớn work on but if done correctly, even slight improvements upon Left 4 Dead 2’s already stunning A.I. Base would be a welcome shock lớn the system for co-op shooter fans.