A fake Left 4 Dead 3 teaser trailer has unfortunately been proven false by an official statement from Valve.
Most gamers are more enthused about the possibility of a third entry into the Half-Life franchise, but Left 4 Dead is another beloved Valve IP that never seemed to make it to that fabled third entry.
After its release in November of 2008, Left 4 Dead quickly became a stable co-op split-screen game to play with friends on a Thursday night. The zombie-horde shooter managed to achieve a perfect balance between manic and cooperative gameplay while paying homage to classic Hollywood zombie flicks.
Left 4 Dead 2 came out not even a year later that further refined the genre to a diamond sheen. It remains one of the best co-op shooters of all time and inspired countless zombie modes in future games outside of Valve.
We’d love to see Left 4 Dead return, but a new teaser video posted on YouTube has turned out to be a fake.
Yesterday, YouTube account Clusterflu961 posted a 2-minute video with a name that made it seem like an uploaded file from Valve. The video is a tense journey through a gas station ravaged by zombies as represented by the headless corpse attached to a grocery counter.
In the parking lot near the gas pump is the gang’s SUV along with a single zombie arm sticking straight up in the air--the original Left 4 Dead logo. It twitches so that only three fingers are visible just before the end of the video to give credence to the rumor that this is a teaser for the third entry to the franchise.
Sadly, this is all an elaborate fake. As per PC Gamer, Valve has confirmed this is not an official trailer and there is no Left 4 Dead 3 forthcoming. The publication also points out clues that prove the video to be phony, such as the real-life Pepsi and Life-brand cereal products which Valve never bothered to put in the original games.
For some reason, Left 4 Dead fakes are all the rage these days. One wonders where the next one will pop up.