Valve denies rumors of Left 4 Dead prequel

Yesterday rumor mongers came up with an especially enticing little morsel of gaming news. The rumor floating around was that Overkill, the studio behind the co-op bank heist shooter, PAYDAY, was working with Valve on developing a prequel to the Left 4 Dead series.

Honestly, the rumor seemed a bit sketchy at the time so we decided not to write about it until an official word came in. Today, Chet Faliszek of Valve announced to the world that there is no such collaboration in the works.

I don't want to give it away, because we want the community to explore and find it, but I want to make sure that people don't think the prequel is coming," said Faliszek told PCGamesN. "If that happens, then it will make this other thing we're doing feel uncool, when the thing we're doing is really cool. I mean, the problem is, if you make a rumour, and you can make the rumour anything, you're going to make the rumour really, really cool. And that makes everything else sound less cool."

The idea of a collaboration between Valve - with their endless resources and ingenuity - and Overkill with their obvious talent for unique co-op experiences, had many fans worked into a tizzy. However, Faliszek says that the collaboration is more akin to Team Fortress 2, where you'll see other games weapons incorporated into the play. Not that the collaboration is exactly like that, but he says it's similar. Whatever that means.

We'll be sure to report on any news regarding the actual facts of the Overkill/Valve collaboration. Even if it's minor in scope, we'll still be excited to see what they're doing together.


  • jackthemenace - June 9, 2012 5:49 a.m.

    "more akin to Team Fortress 2, where you'll see other games weapons incorporated into the play" Does tis mean, like, a multiplayer, class-based shooter, where instead of, like, soldier and pyro, we've got 'Gravity-Manipulator' and 'Aperture Lab-Rat'?
  • TheFabricOfTime - June 8, 2012 4:25 p.m.

    Valve sounds like it's working on something good.
  • Travia220 - June 8, 2012 10:38 a.m.

    Overkill has also confirmed they are not working on a prequel in a thread on the Steam Forums. The fact is they aren't doing a game but they are working on something with Valve and apparently Valve is playing their Hide and Seek games they love to do. Which is awesome, it gets the community involved and so forth. We shall see in the end. It's likely a DLC though.
  • Bobo93 - June 8, 2012 10:21 a.m.

    At the risk of sounding like a complete tool can someone explain to me why left4dead needs a prequel?
  • Bansheebot - June 8, 2012 11:33 a.m.

    It doesn't since the game is all about blasting zombies. If it weren't for The Passing, Left 4 dead 2 could have been a prequel for all we knew
  • slimjim441 - June 8, 2012 12:33 p.m.

    The rumor is moot anyway. Left 4 Dead CAN'T have a prequel. The opening cinematic from L4D1 starts with the caption '2 weeks after the first infection' where it's obvious Bill and the gang are encountering special infected for the first time. A prequel to that moment would be no special infected and much less zombies, and would also be really dumb.
  • oryanbelt - June 8, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    Its not really impossible for a prequel per say. You could have a a completely different team of survivors in a new setting dealing with the very beginning of the infection; I.E. week 1 of the infection. You could experience the entirety of civilization falling into dismay and ruin as the virus spreads.
  • Pwnz0r3d - June 8, 2012 2:07 p.m.

    It doesn't. We already have a prequel ANYWAYS; The Passing comics released before the DLC came out. They literally described everything that was happening to the original group since the infection started, before they were even a group, then after Blood Harvest. A game prequel would've been terrible. Because the mutations happened RIGHT before the cutscene in L4D1. They already knew what they were dealing with (Zoey didn't know what a witch was, but Bill sure as hell did because of the events in the comic) so in a true prequel, you'd just be a CEDA doctor running away from a constant horde of normal zombies. Which would radically change the gameplay.
  • ObliqueZombie - June 8, 2012 9:09 a.m.

    Uh-huh, because Valve is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO trustworthy with their games.
  • Tronto13 - June 8, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    They just don't wanna put a 3 in anything do they!
  • oryanbelt - June 8, 2012 3:44 p.m.

    LOL!!! XD
  • jackthemenace - June 9, 2012 5:48 a.m.

    That's, quite possibly, the funniest thing I've ever read. Well played, sir. Well played.
  • db1331 - June 8, 2012 8:27 a.m.

    If anything I think it's much more likely that Valve is helping Overkill make a new Payday game, rather than Overkill is helping Valve make a new L4D.
  • slimjim441 - June 8, 2012 12:36 p.m.

    If anything I think it's much more likely that Valve is going to continue updating TF2 while everyone wait patiently for [insert Valve game here] 3. And why is Cold Stream still in beta? Finish the damn thing already!!

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