Eurogamer sat down with Valve’s Chet Faliszek for an interview and asked if Left 4 Dead 3 was a possiblity, and replied “some time down the road.”
A 3? You know, some time down the road. Like anything, I would say that to all of our games. So that’s not a promise of when or where. I really love working on that series. It’s one of my favourite series. It’s just so much fun with the characters and the world. I love zombies and I love horror.
As it stands, the Left 4 Dead series has ended with Left 4 Dead 2 and there is no guarantee we will see a third. Judging by his answer, it is clear Valve is not working on developing a third, nor does it seem to be in the works for the near future. Valve appears content pushing out new content for Left 4 Dead 2. Back in July we saw the Cold Steam DLC released, proving Valve’s commitment to updating and keeping the series fresh. Left 4 Dead 2 has sold significantly more copies than the original, 12 million across both L4D 1 and L4D 2. The amount sold shows the success of the franchise and how a third could equally sell well due to popularity and people familiar with the brand.
Valve is continuing to work on improving Left 4 Dead and releasing tools for the community. In the interview, Eurogamer asked what the current plans are for Left 4 Dead, and he replied:
On the PC we will incorporate Steam Workshop, so people will be able to create items. Right now, if you watch any video of people who play a lot, none of them are wearing the same outfits. They all change them up. There’s not a good path for them to get it into the game now or get on our servers. There’s a lot of work we need to do to make sure you can put stuff on but you can’t cheat. In co-op it’s less important because if you’re cheating in co-op you’re kind of an idiot. Well, you’re an idiot anyway for cheating. But particularly there. So we’re doing a lot of work there.
Then we want to do some experiments. What if the community can choose what’s showing up in the game based on what they like, as people make let’s say melee weapons or something? So there’s a bunch of playing around we want to do there. But right now there’s so much content out there that we really just want to start getting that going.
It looks like Valve is working towards allowing fans to easily modify Left 4 Dead themselves to create their own content. Essentially releasing tools and handing content creation over to the community. For now, Left 4 Dead fans will have to continue their wait for a third and feed off of the community for new content.