In a statement to IGN, a Valve spokesperson officially denied developing a new game in the Left 4 Dead series. The company called all rumors of this kind “misinforming.”
“We heard these rumors over the past few months. A couple of years ago, we studied the prospects of creating Left 4 Dead for the next generation of platforms for a while, but now we are definitely not working on anything related to L4D and have not been doing this for years.”
Valve’s comment came shortly after, HTC China’s head Alvin Wang Graylin published a tweet with several slides from his speech at the GoldenV ceremony today. The interest of users was caused by a line from the page titled “2020 VR Trends”, which stated that “Valve HL Alyx / LFD3 will increase interest [in VR] among consumers and AAA-studios”. Graylin later clarified that all the forecasts indicated in the presentation along with the mention of Left 4 Dead 3 are his personal assumption and do not reflect the official opinion of HTC.
“It’s clear that some people have such fun, come up with misinformation in order to excite the community and news publications. But, unfortunately, at the moment a new L4D is not being developed.”
Rumors of a new L4D have been surfing the net for nearly ten years now, mostly in the form of leaks and hints extracted from files and the source code of the Valve’s Source Engine. Part of this work of digging up links to Left 4 Dead 3 was done by Tyler McVicker from the YouTube channel Valve News Network, which released a series of videos with leaked assets and other information about failed projects in the Left 4 Dead series, including the one that, according to him, was canceled in 2017.
The other day, McVicker posted a new video with alleged Left 4 Dead 3 concept art by Valve artist Ted Backman in 2012. The same video contains information about the allegedly several large meetings that took place inside Valve shortly after the publication of the first Half-Life trailer: Alyx, which turned the company’s plans for virtual reality, communication with the public and game development in general. Last December, McVicker tweeted that “Left 4 Dead VR exists.”
At the moment the only validated Valve’s project is Half-Life: Alyx is the first new part of the Half-Life series in the last 12 years, the events of which will unfold before Half-Life 2 and focus on the heroine Alyx Vance. The game is sharpened specifically for virtual reality headsets and will be available on all compatible VR headsets as well, including the Valve Index. The release of Half-Life: Alyx will be held in March of 2020.