A Valve employee may have just confirmed the existence of Left 4 Dead 3 through a tutorial video that the studio had posted earlier. The tutorial, which talked about how to import the Source engine assets, at one point showed people a glimpse of a folder labeled “Left4Dead3.” But is it real?
A joke about Valve that’s been on the internet ever since Half Life 2’s “Episode” expansions have come out is that Valve doesn’t know how to count to 3. Two of its more well-known games, Half-Life and Left 4 Dead, only have two entries despite numerous expansions and pieces of DLC. The showing of the Left4Dead3 folder during the tutorial video may be a legitimate thing, but it could also just be a joke to stir up suspicion.
There’s been a lot of speculation about both Left 4 Dead 3 and Half Life 3 in the past few months, since both games have been at times in the Steam database along with a lot of different rumors about them. There was even one rumor that Half Life 3 would finally be announced at E3 2016, but that obviously didn’t happen.
At this point, Half-Life 3 has essentially become the new Duke Nukem Forever, ever since that game was released and critically panned. While it’s almost a guarantee that Half Life 3 will be much better received than Duke Nukem Forever, we’ll likely not see anymore Half Life 3 news for a while yet.
We’ll likely not learn if that Left 4 Dead 3 folder was a fake or not either, at least until Valve actually gives us any news on the game (if it’s actually in development). Until then, the jokes about Valve not being good at counting will likely continue as the former game development studio probably busies itself with running Steam.
But, personally, I’m really hoping that Half Life 3 and Left 4 Dead 3 will come out soon.