If you were buzzing about the proposition of getting a Left 4 Dead game any time soon, be it VR or otherwise, Valve says it’s definitely not working on any Left 4 Dead-related IP, and it hasn’t for years.

Rumors that Valve was pursuing a VR adaptation of the Left 4 Dead franchise have been circulating since well before the company unveiled Half-Life: Alyx late last year, if only as a hypothetical next step the company might take in building out its famed three ‘full VR games’ first promised back in 2017.

As early as 2016, code relating to both Left 4 Dead and Half-Life was found in Valve-built VR demos, making the L4D franchise the next obvious choice.

IGN obtained the following statement from Valve that puts a pretty tight lid on the prospects of getting a Left 4 Dead game however—at least for now:

“We’ve seen rumors to this effect for the last couple of months,” a Valve spokesperson tells IGN. “We did briefly explore some Left 4 Dead next gen opportunities a few years ago. But we are absolutely not working on anything L4D related now, and haven’t for years.”

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The reasoning behind the public denial? HTC Vive China president Alvin Wang Graylin teased a few slides from a talk held by the company late last week in Beijing, one of which states that Half-Life: Alyx and “LFD3 (sic) will drive consumer and AAA studio interest” over the course of 2020.

Graylin dispelled the contents of the slide later that day as personal speculation, however since Valve worked closely with HTC to develop the original 2016-era Vive headset, it seemed to many as a tacit confirmation of a bonafide VR entry in the Left 4 Dead franchise, which we now know doesn’t have any merit.

Whether Valve has a Left 4 Dead VR game in its sights is another question entirely. With a supposed bank of assets from their earlier attempt at reportedly making, and subsequently scrapping Left 4 Dead 3 in 2017, there may still be some incentive to push forward with a L4D VR game, however it may take the success of Half-Life: Alyx to get the studio to fully commit.

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  • SmellyRumor

    Valve must gets really tired of VNN to actually make a statement.

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    • NooYawker

      Imagine being such an asshole Valve puts out a statement to shut you down. They must really be tired of the idiots who believe him and keep repeating his nonsense, like how Alyx had no “physics” or smooth locomotion until they saw Boneworks.

  • Miqa

    Good. While I have had some fun in L4D, it really isn’t that particularly good of game. Quite mediocre actually. Valve would be better off spending resources elsewhere.

    • Alextended

      I mean, if valve can’t make a good zombie coop game (plus valve thought it’s pretty good to continue support for it and even have a sequel done) then why can they make a good whatever else they do game? Kind of silly.

    • Jerald Doerr

      I loved all the LF4D game… To this day I’m not sure anyone’s come out with the game that had genius multiplayer mechanics like L4D..

      • Miqa

        I respect your opinion and fully understand that the games are loved by a lot of people. I really don’t see the greatness though. Care to enlighten me on what makes it good that would be worth bringing to VR?

        It’s a linear, level based shooter. A few enemy type that need to be dealt with in different ways. Not much more to it?

        • Jerald Doerr

          Thank you, as I do respect your opinion too… So like I said back in the day no one really had a multiplayer team-based zombie shooter that was 4 vs 4 (human vs zombie + loads of AI zombies) but what made it really fun for me anyway was being on the zombie team using voice chat with your other teammates picking your zombie type with different powers to strategically set up an ambush at various choke points on the map to get the human players as they rush passed racing to get to the finish line of the map. Splitting up and picking off the other teams stragglers that got (left 4 dead) by their other teammates was fun..

          I’m sure there’s a lot of stuff I’m forgetting because it’s an old game. It required strategic teamwork to win with different powers. Not just using different guns like CounterStrike which was another game I had 100’s of hours in and I’m happy to play almost any game I loved in my past in VR for instance Counterstrike VR / Pavlov.

          So for me… to say it’s not needed in VR is to say Half-Life or any old flat screen game is not needed in VR either.

          • Miqa

            Okay, thanks for the reply. I can see those aspects and why they would be fun in VR. Don’t think I ever got that deep into the PVP part of it, but it sounds interesting.

  • Alextended

    Budget Cuts 2 just got a smooth locomotion (and stuff) update. Neat stuff from Neat corp.

    • Andrew Jakobs

      JHC, can’t you stop spamming?

      • Alextended

        Love you too.

        • Andrew Jakobs

          Why do you keep spamming in totally unrelated topics.. If you think those items are great, why not create your own VR website, it isn’t hard to do these days.. You just have to learn what the place is for posting information, posting unrelated items under a topic on this site isn’t the place.. We all love those VR projects, but it doesn’t mean we want to see a shitload of unrelated messages under a specific topic. If you would have suggested another project that’s like L4D, yeah THEN it is appropriate to post a link to it..
          And if you want attention to the projects you post about, you should mail it as a suggestion to the editor of this site..

          • Alextended

            Because I love you and all the butterflies too. Why do you do anything? Why did you wake up today? Why not stay in bed? Forever? For me, it’s love that drives me.

          • Andrew Jakobs

            If it’s totally unrelated to the article, and it’s a post to somethingelse, then it’s spam.. You really have no grasp of ethics on a forum, what are you 12? I think the only real non-spam post you made here is ‘Turtle Rock is doing its own L4D sequel thing with Back 4 Blood.’ Now if you posted a link or video to that, THEN it wouldn’t be spam as it is related to the article.. Please get your head out of your ass, even if you do it out of love, then you should know when to do it and when not.. as I said, posting under a totally unrelated article is NOT the place to do it.

          • Alextended

            It’s ok I forgive you for repeating the same unrelated to the article things, XOXOXO

          • asshat

            fuck off you piece of shit. youre spamming and then blaming others for spamming when they call you out. go choke on your moms dick

          • Alextended

            Love you too babe, XOXOXO

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  • PJ

    I’m hopeful one of the other 2 games Valve are working on is a killer multiplayer VRFPS, yes we’ve got Pavlov,Contractors,Onward plus a hundred more out and even more coming out, but as good as those ‘big 3’ are I still don’t think we have a killer one just yet, one huge game that sets its self from the rest, one that wows people and has the player base so you NEVER struggle for a game.

    • MeowMix

      The studio that developed Counter Strike:GO is available, and they have a ton of VR experience – HiddenPath Entertainment

      The studio that created Left4Dead is also available and also has a ton of VR experience – TurtleRock Studios

      Come on Valve, hire these studios; you’ve done it before.

      • Alextended

        Turtle Rock is doing its own L4D sequel thing with Back 4 Blood.

  • Spending Cuts 2 just got a smooth movement (and stuff) update of vr game development. Slick stuff from Neat corp. https://twitter.com/BR_Softech_AU/status/1203296343445274624

    • Alextended

      Lol, I get reported or downvoted for “spamming” over posting sweet cool looking VR game stuff (then again most users here love Boneworks and wouldn’t know a good or promising VR project if it hit them in the face, ha) but these bots don’t xD

      • Andrew Jakobs

        Nope, these bots also get downvoted and reported…

        • Alextended

          Nope, you only did it after/because I said it, silly butterfly.

          • Andrew Jakobs

            that’s because I didn’t see the post yesterday when I was on here before you responsed and I went back to see it. Then I saw it, then I reported it and then I answered you…

  • adsf

    looks like road to vr needs some comment moderation 90% of these comments are spam advertisements.

  • Trenix

    This is actually pretty bad news. If this came out after half life, you know for a fact VR would be official mainstream.

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