Valve has again denied that they were working on a new installment of the Left 4 Dead 3 saga. In a recent interview with IGN, the company explained that the screenshots published as leaks of a new game were actually the result of a project with which they were exploring the possibilities of Source 2, its improved graphics engine.
Apparently, the images that started the rumors about a Left 4 Dead 3 were actually part of an initial approach to the Source 2 engine, Valve’s new tool for the development of its next titles: “We used parts of a Left 4 Dead level as the first bit of level geometry to start building in Source 2, so a bit of that got out. It was essentially a rendering test, and people thought that meant we were working on Left 4 Dead,” Robin Walker, a Valve worker, said in the interview.
However, lately, several rumors had appeared on the network that pointed out that Valve was working on a new Left 4 Dead game beyond those images. Specifically, this conjecture had gained weight after Alvin Wang Graylin, CEO of HTC, might have shown a slide on trends in virtual reality with the name of Left 4 Dead 3 next to that of the already announced Half-Life: Alyx, giving credibility to the rumor that was already hovering around in some forums.
Valve denied the next day that they were working on Left 4 Dead 3, and that they had never even seriously worked on a new installment of the franchise: “We did briefly explore some Left 4 Dead next-gen opportunities a few years ago, but we are absolutely not working on anything Left 4 Dead-related now, and haven’t for years,” they said in a statement.
Gabe Newell’s company said the rumors were “misinformation” to “make fans and media dizzy” and that “unfortunately” a new Left 4 Dead game is not something they would be working on now. However, the gossip did not stop and Tyler McVicker, the host of the YouTube channel of Valve News Network, continued to insist that this installment had existed but that the company ended up changing the plans regarding it after seeing the reception that the first trailer of Half-Life: Alyx had.