Reports about Left 4 Dead 3 have been causing quite a stir within the gaming community. Unverified leaks and rumors have dominated headlines for weeks, and Valve has finally had enough. Responding to a series of rumors regarding a virtual reality sequel of the game, Valve confirmed that a new game is not in the works, and that the franchise has remained dormant for years.
“We’ve seen rumors to this effect for the last couple of months,” Valve tells 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.”
The rumors in question are related to a bunch of supposed Left 4 Dead concept art leaks shown in a video by Valve News Network. Shortly after it was uploaded, the video caused a snowball effect leading many to believe that Left 4 Dead 3 is a real virtual reality project currently in development.
It didn’t stop there; Alvin Wang, president of HTC China, took to Twitter discussing the future of virtual reality. He shared a series of tweets alluding to the existence of L4D3. Many thought that, due to the source of this information, it must have some truth to it. This was the incident that basically forced Valve to finally shut down all rumors and speculative theories about the franchise. Wang later clarified that the L4D3 theory was a “personal speculation” and does not reflect the “official view” of HTC.
Valve’s usual silence didn’t ease the situation, until of course it spiraled out of control and the studio finally responded.
“It’s clear some people are having fun creating misinformation to spin up the community and other outlets. Unfortunately, for now a new L4D game is not something we’re working on.”
And with that, months upon months of L4D-related theories debunked by Valve in one swift move.