Valve has put an end to rumors about Left 4 Dead 3 being in development, by stating that the studio hasn’t been working on it for years.
“We’ve seen rumors to this effect for the last couple of months,” Valve said in a statement to IGN. “We did briefly explore some Left 4 Dead next gen opportunities a few years ago. But we are absolutely not working on anything L4D related now, and haven’t for years.”
Earlier today, Alvin Wang Graylin, president of HTC Vive in China, posted images of some slides from a recent presentation to Twitter. One of the slides, titled “2020 VR Trends,” had a bullet point stating that “Valve HL Alyx/L4D3 will drive consumer and AAA studio interest.” The mention of “L4D3” was seen by some as confirmation that HTC was developing Left 4 Dead 3 for VR, but instead led to Valve’s new statement today.
A few slides from my talk tonight... pic.twitter.com/bHegijjZW1— Alvin Wang Graylin (汪丛青) (@AGraylin) January 17, 2020
HTC’s Graylin later admitted the mention of L4D3 was just his own “personal speculation” and apologized to fans.
As a huge fan of Valve & their properties, I was giving example that titles like HL Alyx/Left 4 Dead could be the types of titles that would really move the needle in consumer VR. This was just speculation on my part. I apologize to fans who may have mistook this as confirmation.— Alvin Wang Graylin (汪丛青) (@AGraylin) January 18, 2020
Rumors about Left 4 Dead 3 being developed for VR have been circling the internet recently. Two days ago, the Valve News Network channel on YouTube posted what it claimed were leaked concept art and screenshots from the game.
“It’s clear some people are having fun creating misinformation to spin up the community and other outlets,” Valve said. “Unfortunately, for now a new L4D game is not something we’re working on.”
Left 4 Dead was released in 2008, followed by Left for Dead 2 in 2009. Left 4 Dead 3 was reportedly in development in 2011 or 2012, according to Valve News Network, and then cancelled in 2017. The channel had speculated that the game had recently gone back into development.
HTC declined to comment, pointing us to Greylin’s later tweets. Valve didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Update, January 19th: Added Greylin’s apology on Twitter.