Left 4 Dead 3 is dead. For many fans, Left 4 Dead 3 has been a pipe dream for years. Since Turtle Rock Studios and Valve separated in 2011, fans feared that the wildly popular series was dead. This was fear was further strengthened by the fact that Valve owns the rights to the Left 4 Dead series. While there has been a lot of speculation that Left 4 Dead 3 was under development, it was confirmed today that L4D3 is dead. In a statement given to IGN by Valve, they are “absolutely not working on anything L4D related now, and haven’t for years.”
Over the last few months, there have been many hints to the possibility of Left 4 Dead 3 being in development. Speculation got heated today when YouTuber Tyler McVicker reported, citing a source from inside Valve, that they may have started working on the sequel again. Unfortunately, we now know this is not the case. Sadly, Valve did confirm that it has been previously explored, but it has since been shelved.
Many media outlets, excluding us, jumped on the news that L4D3 was back in development without confirming the details. McVicker, a self proclaimed “Avid Investigator of Video Games,” apologized on Twitter. But, in a twist, Twitter followers are in support of the Valve News Network and blaming other media outlets for publishing the unconfirmed reports. Many believe McVicker did nothing wrong to invoke an apology.
In a Tweet by McVicker, which was deleted prior to the publishing of this article:
“In all seriousness, I apologize for not taking my platforms seriously, and acting unprofessional with the information I gather. This situation has been a significant wake-up call, and information will be handled with the highest level of professionalism I can give. Thank You. ” via Twitter
Out of the ashes comes Back 4 Blood
Whether it’s misinformation or so called “fake news,” the rumors of L4D coming back are done. Had McVicker not posted the news, we would have not known. For that, we say “Thank you!” Besides, all is not lost! The creators of Left 4 Dead, Turtle Rock Studios, is in active development of Back 4 Blood. In even better news, Back 4 Blood is owned by Turtle Rock Studios. Little is known of Back 4 Blood, but the title bares a resemblance to the aforementioned “Dead” zombie shooter. With that, let the speculation continue…