Is Left 4 Dead 3 ever coming? It’s been almost ten years since Left 4 Dead 2 was first released on Steam. Does that make you feel old? Because I’m feeling pretty ancient right now. There’s been no announcement of Left 4 Dead 3 for nearly a decade now, which is surprising—because Left 4 Dead 2 ended on a huge cliffhanger, because it was enormously popular and successful, & because rumors of a sequel have been popping up for years.

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As far as we know, there"s still no Left 4 Dead 3, Valve even staunchly denied it in January 2020. But there have been many, many rumors khổng lồ pore over. The laông xã of an official announcement from Valve hasn’t stopped people from creating plenty of hoaxes and fan-made ‘leaks’ in the last few years. If this doesn’t prove just how starved zombie enthusiasts are for even the slighkiểm tra hint of L4D3, then I don’t know what does.

We"ve sầu gone bachồng through the last decade of Left 4 Dead 3 rumors khổng lồ determine what was nhái, what was plausible, and what those "leaks" might be able to tell us. Here’s everything we learned about Left 4 Dead 3 so far.

As of 20đôi mươi, Valve sầu is "absolutely not" making Left 4 Dead 3

Early in 20trăng tròn, Điện thoại HTC Trung Quốc president Alvin Wang Graylin shared a few slides from his talk on the future of VR, including one that said, "ValveHL Alyx/LFD3 will drive sầu consumer và AAA studio interest." Naturally, folks ran with the idea that this was some insider confirmation of Left 4 Dead 3, despite the acronym being slightly off.

Valve sầu quickly stepped in và provided a statement to IGN saying, "we did briefly explore some Left 4 Dead next opportunities a few years ago. But we are absolutely not working on anything L4 chiều related now, and haven’t for years."

"It’s clear some people are having fun creating misinformation to spin up the community & other outlets. Unfortunately, for now a new L4 chiều game is not something we’re working on."

Graylin then clarified on Twitter that unfortunately his "LFD4" example was just personal speculation, given that he"s a bạn of the series himself. Drat.

Bachồng 4 Blood is basically Left 4 Dead 3

(Image credit: Turtle Rochồng Studios)

So Valve isn"t making Left 4 Dead 3, but Turtle Rock Studquả táo totally is, though under a different name. Evan has played the co-op zombie game Back 4 Blood and cannot găng enough that it"s basically Left 4 Dead 3.

"The shooter unapologetically walks in the footsteps of what we played in "08 and "09. It"s is a more visually polished game, of course, but its basic parts are identical: four-player, run-and-gun shooting through criss-crossing urban & outdoor post-apocalyptica (in the first 15 minutes: apartment, rooftop, construction site, haphazard parking lot), conventional military weapons, and a procedurally-driven "Director" AI overseeing the action, pulling the strings."

It"s not Left 4 Dead 3 in name, but it"s likely the closest that we"ll get anytime soon, so it"s worth keeping an eye on if you"re really, really hungry lớn bite into lớn some zombie-killing co-op.

Is there proof Left 4 Dead 3 is in development?

Honestly, there’s little lớn go on. The series’ lead writer Chet Faliszek hinted at the possibility of a third installment in an interview with Eurogame thủ back in 2012, but we’ve sầu had nothing but radio silence from official channels since. Faliszek left Valve sầu in 2017. We were recently teased with an impressive sầu game trailer that seemed almost official but unfortunately wasn’t, as confirmed to us by Valve itself.

In 2016, it seemed like Valve had slipped up by including possible L4D3 leaks in an Điện thoại HTC Vive benchmark tool built using their Source Engine. Valve News Network’s Tyler McVicker unearthed several references và assets in its source files, including a new special infected enemy called The Nocturnal, a day/night cycle, & an older male character. Whether he was supposed lớn be an NPC or a Survivor is unknown. A direct connection between the files and the game’s development was never found.

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Later that year, Valve sầu fansite ValveTime reported that employee Tristan Reidford appeared khổng lồ leak proof of L4D3’s development after publishing a Destinations Workcửa hàng Tools tutorial to lớn Steam. The tutorial included a screenshot of his Windows Explorer favorites, with a ‘left4dead3’ thư mục listed at the top. The image was quickly removed & replaced with a different one. Was this a legitimate mistake or an intentional tease?

An image uploaded by Valve sầu that lists "left4dead3" in the file structure. It was taken down và replaced.

Who might be developing Left 4 Dead 3?

It was heavily predicted that Turtle Roông xã Studgame ios, the developer behind the original Left 4 Dead, or Valve sầu, which developed L4D2 itself, would be taking on the development of L4D3. But it seems safe khổng lồ say now that Turtle Roông chồng definitely isn"t involved. In April of 2019, Turtle Rochồng announced zombie first-person shooter Bachồng 4 Blood, which feels like a spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead.

If Left 4 Dead 3 is in development, it seems likely it"s within Valve. But that"s just a guess based on some of the rumors below, which have never amounted to anything. It"s even possible Left 4 Dead 3 was in development at some point, but isn"t anymore.

Supposed Left 4 Dead 3 character concept art from 2013

The most believable rumor comes from Valve sầu News Network’s Tyler McVicker again. Last month, he dropped 29 screenshots believed lớn be from a 2013 build of L4D3, stating that it was in development a long time ago but has since been cancelled. Though the images look nothing lượt thích the games we know and love sầu, it’s not hard to lớn believe sầu Valve canned it if it was in development. Especially since it"s never officially announced a new Left 4 Dead, despite knowing that fans utterly crave it. But who knows? The screeenshots look more lượt thích assets for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, và it"s entirely possible they were simply used as chạy thử environments.

There is some more evidence in their favor, though. Moby Francke, a concept artist for L4 chiều, uploaded what fans believe sầu khổng lồ be L4D3 concept art onto lớn his personal website upon leaving Valve in 2013. The drawings are believed khổng lồ be directly linked because of a series of clothing & skin textures contained within a 2015 version of Aperture Robot Repair uploaded onlớn the Steam Database. The textures are almost identical to lớn the garments worn by the men in Francke’s art, leaving little room for coincidence.

Left 4 Dead 3 could be VR too

A known Valve sầu reporter/leaker has tweeted a collection of claims and predictions including Left 4 Dead in VR. It would make sense for Valve sầu lớn continue rolling with whatever tech it"s been developing for Half-Life: Alyx so L4 chiều in VR isn"t so wild a thought.

Were any of the leaks legitimate?

It’s very hard to believe that some of the leaks aren’t real, especially since a handful have unintentionally come from Valve sầu itself. Nothing has ever been officially confirmed though, leaving the door for speculation wide open. And because some of the leaks are now years old, it"s again possible that Left 4 Dead 3 was in development at some point but has since been cancelled.

One leak had most of the internet fooled into lớn false legitimacy in 2018: a bogus Facebook page. Cyber sleuths hacked the official Left 4 Dead website and changed the Facebook link khổng lồ a fake page supposedly belonging to lớn developer Ted Carson, with the header sporting a zombie hvà holding up three fingers. Left 4 Dead 3 confirmed, right? You can’t blame people for falling for it if the link was on the official site. The excitement didn’t last long, as Valve sầu quickly shut the rumor down by changing the link back khổng lồ the real Facebook page.

Carson’s name had already popped up in the rumor mill a few years before after a Pastebin dump allegedly revealed that he was working on the sequel. His name was also included in a leaked photo lớn claiming to lớn be of the changelog history on a developer’s PC screen at Valve’s headquarters, showing that he made edits lớn L4D3 content. Neither were ever confirmed lớn be true.