Left 4 Dead 3 may finally actually be happening? Be still our beating hearts! (Seriously, keep it quiet. We wouldn't want to disturb the witch.)
The next chapter in the famed cooperative first-person shooter, survival horror franchise from developer, Turtle Rock Studios (formerly Valve South), might soon become a reality. An interesting Senior Level Designer role has been posted on the company's website. The position calls for anyone “looking to work on a globally known game franchise,” which has created some excitement and speculation that Turtle Rock may be working on Left 4 Dead 3.
If this speculation turns out to be true, fans of the series will surely rejoice. A third entry into the Left 4 Dead series has been highly touted by gamers since Left 4 Dead 2 was released in 2009. Sales of the game were phenomenal, but the sequel was met with mixed reviews, especially in comparison to the beloved original game from 2008.
Of course, we have been here before. Rumors of a third game have appeared on several occurrences, with the most recent one taking place in 2016. This time, however, there may be more lucrative evidence in support of the speculation surrounding Left 4 Dead 3.
Thanks to Turtle Rock Studios’ history with Valve - and more specifically, its involvement with the Left 4 Dead franchise - it would make sense for the studio to reclaim the helm and create a third iteration in the series. Valve still owns the Left 4 Dead rights, so the two would have to work together to make it happen.
This isn’t such a far-fetched idea either, as Valve has already committed to re-entering the realm of game development. One of its first major titles, the online trading card table top game, Artifact, will be facing an uphill battle upon its release, with Hearthstone already dominating within that genre. Collaborating with Turtle Rock to release a third Left 4 Dead would undoubtedly be a sure-fire endeavor for both parties, but especially for Valve.
Of course, this is all purely speculation (and optimism). We will have to continue to keep holding our collective breath in the hopes that this “globally known game franchise” is in fact the next entry into the Left 4 Dead catalog.