Left 4 Dead 3 Release Date and Updates: Seven years after Valve first released Left 4 Dead 2 for the Windows PC and Xbox 360, fans are more than ready for the next game in the franchise. What’s more is that even through Valve’s steely silence about Left 4 Dead 3, we might have more than a few glimmers of hope about the upcoming game’s existence and possible release date. So for those who were compelled to assume that Valve was done with the franchise after releasing its second title, there may be good news.
Update: There is a lot going on over at Valve right now, and we are especially unsure about the future of some of the company’s most noted video games, including Left 4 Dead 3. This is because the game’s writer, Erik Wolpaw, has left Valve Corporation. Walpow’s other writing credits for Valve include the Portal and Half-Life series. Besides these, he was one of the main men behind Old Man Murray. Wolpaw did not confirm what his plans after leaving Valve were, but he had earlier said that he would be involved with Double Fine Productions’ Psychonauts 2, which is currently scheduled for a 2018 launch. At this point, the possibility of getting Left 4 Dead 3 is looking kind of bleak to us.
Left 4 Dead 3 Rumours
Earlier this year, a significant leak from Valve’s camp led us to believe that Left 4 Dead 3 was already underway. Tristan Reidford, a Valve artist, mistakenly leaked some information about the game being in progress when he uploaded some screenshots for demonstration purposes. While the images were meant for a tutorial, eagle-eyed fans were not too late in spotting a folder titled Left 4 Dead 3. What’s more is that the folder in question was not a rogue one, as further analysis proved that it was one that was in frequent use. After these developments cooked up a storm among fans, Valve discreetly tried to pull down the images and replace them with ones without the Left 4 Dead 3 folder.
But that’s not all, fans fuelled by Reidford’s blunder did some further probing to find that the Left 4 Dead 2 beta had been receiving a lot of frequent updates, even though the game had already been released quite a while back. This led to the conviction among many that the beta was simply a platform that the developers were utilizing to secretly test out new gameplay material for Left 4 Dead 3. Fans took these as pretty solid evidence of the fact that the third installment in the series was indeed in production, or at least Valve was experimenting with ideas for the upcoming game.
Left 4 Dead 3 Features and Gameplay- What to expect
Left 4 Dead belongs to the survival horror genre of video games, so undoubtedly, Left 4 Dead 3 will follow in the same lines and stick to some of the zombie-thriller basics. But we can hardly expect Valve to roll out an entirely new game in the long-dormant series without some major upgrades. So while this upcoming game will probably carry forward the familiar premise of a deadly epidemic striking down the human race and turning most of them into rabid creatures hungry to mow down all survivors who get in their way, we can expect to see some big changes that actually reflect the amount the time that has passed in between. Let’s take a look at what Valve may have learned from the hordes of other survival-horror video games that have been released in the meantime.
Characters: One of the main standouts about the series is its character portrayal. Not only do the earlier games allow players to play as any one out of four characters, but they are also sufficiently dynamic to provide a sense of satisfaction. From what reports have to say, this game will also have its typical roster of four over-the-top characters, with each displaying their own unique traits. However, one thing that fans are calling for is a bit of customizing ability for the characters that will allow them to shake things up a bit more. Perhaps Valve will listen.
Setting: Considering that most of the big action-adventure titles in recent times opt for an open world setting, there is the possibility of Left 4 Dead 3 incorporating the same. Not only will this allow the devs to build in new and interesting maps, but the game can also have a lot more flexibility in terms of the overall gameplay.
Better AI: A great AI system ensured that you could play the previous games without starting to feel repetitive, but if we do get lucky enough to get an open world Left 4 Dead 3, then the devs woulf really have to up their game in this department.
VR Support: There is a huge possibility that we’ll get to play this power-packed game in virtual reality. Valve has been pretty vocal about their interest in VR technology in the past, and some of their engineers have gone on record to state that the company has an entire team dedicated to the latest trend in gaming. In fact, more and more devs are adapting the technology to their horror games, with the upcoming Resident Evil 7: Biohazard being the most talked about one in recent times. All things considered, Left 4 Dead 3 will be one cool game to play in VR if Valve decides to bring the technology to the long-standing series.
Engine Upgrade: There is a pretty high chance that Valve is building Left 4 Dead 3 on an improved engine, and this could really open up new possibilities. For one, a new engine means that the new game will have more graphic detail as you slice through your enemies with a weapon of your choice. It would also allow for better animation and fluidity of movement, which translates to better and more impactful combat. The upgraded engine may also result in significant improvements in the AI department, which means that the enemy may finally become more responsive and difficult to evade, thus paving the way for a more satisfactory gaming experience overall. It would also be an integral aid to execute a smooth VR experience.
Left 4 Dead 3 Trailer
There is nothing to see here at the moment. But considering that Left 4 Dead 3 is already in development and we may hear something about it soon, we think we may be able to update this section with a reveal trailer pretty soon. Keep an eye out.
Left 4 Dead 3 Release Date and Platforms
Valve has stuck to a specific date for the last two games in the series. Even though there’s a huge time difference between the second and the upcoming third installment of the Left 4 Dead franchise, we think Valve will not deviate from that tradition. To consider all the signs and rumors, 2017 seems like the most feasible time for the release of Left 4 Dead 3, so perhaps we’ll see the upcoming title launch on November 17, 2017.
At this point, it is not quite certain which platforms Left 4 Dead 3 will be released for, but we think that the game will launch on the Windows 10 PC, Xbox One and the PS 4 all at the same time, unlike its predecessor.
So in conclusion, Left 4 Dead 3 will undoubtedly be one massive title to look forward to, not only for fans of the series but also for new players. Its huge popularity and the hype surrounding its name are clear pointers to the fact that the series is big enough to stand the test of time, and we can’t wait to see what Valve has in store for us this time.