Rumors have been circulating for years about the highly-anticipated Left 4 Dead 3 game, but a recent discovery in the Counter-Strike 2 files has given fans a glimmer of hope that the game may be in development.
A screenshot posted on the Steam subreddit by user u/PaP3s showed code titled “Left4Dead3” located inside the CS2 files. The code indicates that the game is in version 2, with the owner being triage, severity high, priority none, category —, product left3dead3, and component other.
While this discovery is still just a rumor, it has given fans of the Left 4 Dead series hope that Valve, the game’s developer, is finally prioritizing the creation of a new installment in the series. The fact that the code was found inside the Counter-Strike 2 files is significant, as it indicates that Valve may have been waiting to roll out Source 2 before beginning work on Left 4 Dead 3.
Valve has not officially confirmed that it is developing Left 4 Dead 3, but rumors have persisted for years that the studio has been working on the game. Valve’s official line is that its focus is on other projects, such as the Steam Deck and VR experiences like Half-Life Alyx.
The Left 4 Dead series has a dedicated fan base that has been waiting eagerly for news of a new game. The first game in the series was released in 2008, and it was followed by a sequel in 2009. Since then, fans have been clamoring for a third installment, but Valve has remained tight-lipped about its plans.
Earlier this year, a playable prototype of the original Left 4 Dead game leaked online, giving fans a glimpse into the game’s early development. The prototype was the first time anyone outside of Valve and Turtle Rock, the original developer of the game, had seen the Left 4 Dead prototype beyond a small number of screenshots.
While fans are still waiting for official news about Left 4 Dead 3, this recent discovery in the Counter-Strike 2 files is a promising sign that the game may be in development. For now, fans will have to continue to wait and see what Valve has in store for the popular zombie-shooter series.
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