Here's What Left 4 Dead 3 Could Have Looked Like

A series of screenshots show what Valve's Left 4 Dead 3 could've looked like and how the legacy would've continued after 2009's Left 4 Dead 2.

While Valve seems to have given up hope on bringing Left 4 Dead 3 to life, a series of leaked pictures show what the zombie threequel game could've looked like. Although there's been plenty of talk about Left 4 Dead 3, the title has slipped into development hell over the years.

In 2008, Valve South (now Turtle Rock Rock Studios) released Left 4 Dead as a co-operative first-person shooter. Assigning players one of four "Survivors," Left 4 Dead was a different take on the well-worn formula of zombie video games. The first game proved a hit and quickly led to a sequel, but many are confused about what happened to a possible third entry.

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YouTuber Tyler McVicker shared 29 screenshots on Imgur to tease fans with the game that will never be. Aside from a Middle-Eastern kasbah setting, the images don't give much away. With these being early renditions of an original level design, it means there isn't a single zombie in sight or a look at the characters. The images reportedly come from a 2013 version of Left 4 Dead 3 and were created using a Source 2 engine. Apart from McVicker teasing the game was pulled in 2017, there isn't much insight to why it happened or why fans are only seeing these screenshots now.

Left 4 Dead 3 Screenshot

McVicker has previously explained how the game would've featured eight playable characters of different strengths and weaknesses, with Left 4 Dead 3 having crossplay support for VR. Of the eight characters, four would be brand new and the other four would be pulled from the existing Left 4 Dead games. The idea of this ties into hero shooters like Overwatch where players could assemble their own skilled team.

Only last year, a job listing at Turtle Rock teased that Left 4 Dead 3 was finally in the cards, but the rumors turned out to be false. Elsewhere, a fake Facebook profile for Valve developer Ted Carson teased Left 4 Dead 3 before it was quickly debunked. It's important to note that Left 4 Dead 3 was never actually confirmed, meaning these screenshots (if legitimate) are the closest gamers have got to a full announcement.

Considering the popularity of Left 4 Dead 2 and its pre-order sales being 300 percent higher than its predecessor, it's a strange turn of events that the third game never came to be. As it stands, Turtle Rock and Warner Bros. Interactive are working together to resurrect the franchise with a spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead called Back 4 Blood. Sadly, it seems that Back 4 Blood could be the final nail in the coffin for hopes of Left 4 Dead 3.

At least Left 4 Dead paved the way for more recent releases like Saber Interactive's World War Z game and Overkill's The Walking Dead. Even though Left 4 Dead reinvented the zombie shooter genre, it looks like Left 4 Dead 3 has really been left for dead and taken a bullet to the brain.

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Source: Tyler McVicker/Imgur

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