Like a Witch, Valve fans have wailed and moaned out of their own sort of tortured agony. They want more Left 4 Dead, their cries directed at no one in particular, just into the abyss and for anyone who’s nearby. Like a Hunter, Valve has pounced from afar to rip their hearts out.
Following the reveal of Half-Life: Alyx, there have been rumors that Valve will follow it up with a VR-focused Left 4 Dead. That speculation heated up this morning when HTC Vive’s president in China gave a presentation at an awards show, where he stated “Half-Life: Alyx and Left 4 Dead 3 will drive consumer and triple-A studio interest [in VR].” Juicy!
Juice-less, actually. Valve was (uncharacteristically) quick to debunk this. In a statement to IGN, Valve says “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 Left 4 Dead-related now, and haven’t for years.”
As it turns out, HTC’s guy didn’t have the insider info you’d expect from an executive at a major virtual reality headset manufacturer. He was going off a report from Valve News Network, which often publishes inaccurate and speculation-laden stories. Valve addresses this sort of false reporting by saying “It’s clear some people are having fun creating misinformation to spin up the community and other outlets. Unfortunately, for now a new Left 4 Dead game is not something we’re working on.”