Valve’s Gabe Newell has a treat for Left 4 Dead fans. It seems the hit zombie franchise has a new game incoming, which means more zombies. This is a big ray of hope for fans of the cooperative shooter.
It can be remembered that Left 4 Dead revolutionized the cooperative gaming scene. The game can be considered the first fully-cooperative video game with its four-player layout. This, along with its open-ended nature, allowed for some wonderful cooperative moments in between players.
The game spawned a sequel, Left 4 Dead 2 which featured more characters and new maps. Along with this are new games of the same concept, such as Evolve. After that, the gaming industry almost immediately came up with various cooperative, teamwork-based games, such as 4-versus-1 games including Dead by Daylight.
Left 4 Dead 3 Incoming?
This time, Valve co-founder and president Gabe Newell said there might be another game for the franchise in the works. The news is courtesy of an AMA (Ask Me Anything) segment on Reddit to speak to his fans. Fans of course asked about Half Life 3, which a source confirmed to have “never been in development.”
However, Gabe Newell hinted on some projects by Source 2. He added that aside from moving Dota 2 to use the engine, they are using it as a “foundation to some unannounced products.” Newell, also a video game programmer, talked about the future of the franchise as well.
He said that when it comes to free-to-play and user-generated content, two games initially come to mind. Team Fortress, another cooperative game, seemed to be the best place to improve elements on multiplayer. However, the game is a “good place for creating shared narratives.”
New Games, New Content
According to Gaming Bolt, this announcement has fired up speculations on a sequel for the franchise. After all, Newell also said that Valve’s focus goes to projects based on “technology [they] think has traction.” They also want games that work properly using the same set of technology and “design challenges.”
With the arrival of Dota 2 in Source 2, and the hint on some “unannounced games,” fans cannot help but hope for a beloved zombie game. After all, with the arrival of Resident Evil 7 and the popularity of The Walking Dead, zombies are once again holding the limelight. It appears appropriate that Valve reinforce its superiority in the fantastically-awesome-zombie-game front.
L4D is set in a post-apocalyptic future overrun by zombies. A group of four people – represented by players and/or AI (artificial intelligence) bots – are left to fend for themselves. It’s up to them, and their teamwork, to survive wave after wave of zombies.