Valve Dashes Hopes for Left 4 Dead 3, Left 4 Dead VR

The latest round of Left 4 Dead 3 and Left 4 Dead VR rumors have been soundly refuted — directly by Valve.

After a new VR iteration of Half-Life was announced in Half-Life: Alyx, hope sprang back to life for the co-op zombie-smashing franchise Left 4 Dead. Sadly, the ever-mysterious Valve dashed those hopes by confirming that Left 4 Dead 3 is not currently in development.

Various Steam data leaks, including Left 4 Dead related keywords, have come online over the past several years, frequently leading the gaming community to believe something new was in the works.

Valve issued this statement to IGN after the latest round of rumors began cropping up:

We’ve seen rumors to this effect for the last couple of months. 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.


Sadly, none of those various projects ever received full backing, nor did they begin development in earnest. One iteration was reportedly canceled in 2017 just as it was getting off the ground. The last full entry in the series came out in 2009 on the Xbox 360.

Do you also miss the calls of "reloading!" or hearing Coach's reassuring voice yelling about the "tunnel of love" before a horde of zombies arrives?

Commiserate with us in the comments below and sound off about what survivors you'd like to see a hypothetical future L4D3!

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Published Jan. 20th 2020

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