Skip to main content

Left 4 Dead 3 Was Going to Be an Open-World Game

Geoff Keighley reveals in Half-Life: Alyx documentary that Valve had plans for Left 4 Dead 3 to be an open-world game.

Over past few years or so, acclaimed video game developer/publisher Valve Corporation has cancelled more ongoing projects than they released so far and for any old-school fans of their games, it is extremely frustrating to realize that.

Development for awaited sequels like Half-Life 2, Left 4 Dead 2 and more were closed down mysteriously. Recently, details behind cancellation of highly-anticipated Left 4 Dead 3 are being talked about in a documentary by Geoff Keighley.

left 4 dead 3 open-world game plans valve corporation cooperative zombie shooter morocco turtle rock studios back 4 blood
Left 4 Dead 3 Was Going to Be an Open-World Game

RELATED: Spider-Man: Miles Morales Box Art Revealed for Next-Gen

Renowned video game journalist and The Game Awards host, Keighley made a documentary on development of Valve's newest VR project Half-Life: Alyx, where he revealed vital information about now-cancelled Left 4 Dead 3 game.

Keighley says, Valve wanted to move away from co-operative zombie shooter genre for L4D3 and had big plans than people can realize. Back then, they were aiming for a grand open-world experience that no one ever has made before.

RELATED: Half-Life: Alyx Gameplay Reveal

Although Keighley didn't expand on what it meant for Left 4 Dead 3 being an open-world title, he stated that Valve originally wanted to feature hundreds of zombies on-screen, concurrently, which was an overly ambitious idea at that time.

In recent memory, Days Gone managed to assemble a huge number of zombies within its open-world sphere as well as Dead Rising 4 but they aren't nearly as witty as the ones from Left 4 Dead and Valve could've done it better than them.

days gone zombies ps4 exclusive action-adventure survival horror bend studio sony interactive entertainment
Days Gone Zombies

RELATED: Resident Evil 4 Remake May Not Reveal in 2020

One other key-detail that Geoff Keighley mentioned is that Left 4 Dead 3 was planned to set in Morocco. Even though no reason behind this unique choice was given, it actually lines up with a series of L4D3 screenshots leak from early 2019.

Biggest reason for Valve cancelling out on Left 4 Dead 3 was a painfully slow development phase of their Source 2 engine. A number of their high-profile games were abandoned due to their frustrations with the unfinished engine.

RELATED: Job Listing Suggests Left 4 Dead 3 in Development?

Keighley says in The Final Hours of Half-Life: Alyx interactive diary that Valve is working hard on a major secret project since 2018. They are reportedly considering a Half-Life game following a stellar success of HL: Alyx on VR this year.

Formerly known as Valve South, developer Turtle Rock Studios announced a spiritual successor of L4D series titled Back 4 Blood in early 2019. For many veteran players, which is the closest to Left 4 Dead 3 any of them will ever gonna get.