While it’s always been assumed games like Half-Life 3 and Left 4 Dead 3 were in development, neither has been officially confirmed by Valve. So forgive us if we get a little giddy when Counter Strike co-creator, Minh Le—who previously worked at Valve—says that the two are definitely in development. In fact, Le claims that he saw Left 4 Dead 3 in action, and “it looks great.” Sold. Also: where’s Portal 3?
Of course, whenever you mention anything Valve—and especially when the number three is involved—you have to take reports with a giant grain of salt. Saying Bigfoot exists is more believable than saying Half-Life 3 will ever be released. But. With Steam Machines expected to come out later this year, you have to imagine Valve will want to generate interest by also announcing some must-have games. That’s not to say these games will be Steam Machine exclusives, but Valve could certainly use them for hype generation.
The last Left 4 Dead game was released all the way back in 2009, though it still remains one of the best multi-player games out there. I’ve racked up too many hours playing Survival. Some of the members who made the first Left 4 Dead game, incidentally, are working on their own next generation multi-player game, Evolve, and it looks amazing.
As for Half-Life 3, Le said “it seems like old news” to say the long anticipated title is in development. That’s because Half-Life 2 originally came out all the way back in 2004; Episode Two, meanwhile, was released in 2007, so it has obviously been quite awhile since gamers have gotten a new entry in the Half-Life universe. “I did see some concept art for Half-Life 3… I think everyone kind of knows that it’s being worked on,” Le said.
None of what Le is saying confirms the titles are on the way, though we have seen hints that they are indeed being worked on. As two of Valve’s most popular franchises, you have to imagine new entries are on the way. This is, however, Valve we’re talking about; even if something official was announced, I’m not sure people would be able to believe it. Or we all might die from shock. Will we see something at E3? Highly unlikely.