Left 4 Dead 3 has been lifeless for about 5 years now. No announcements have been made regarding development or potential release date and people involved in the creation of the series have deemed it better to "not reveal anything at this moment".
Phil Robb of Turtle Rock is confident in the abilities of their latest upcoming release Evolve for perhaps sustaining fans of Left 4 Dead for the time being (or perhaps for good). The game is heavily dependent on multiplayer co-operation, as 4 players team up against a giant monster controlled by an additional player.
There are four classes in Evolve: Assault, Support, Medic and Trapper. This 4-player based combat system is certainly akin to that of Left 4 Dead, but will it be enough to fill the void? Each player must stick within the limits of their classes in Evolve and perform their unique abilities in order to support their team.
While it may not be as much fun running around simply healing your team mates as opposed to blowing off parts of a giant monster, it is equally vital to your success. The monster also increasingly gains strength and power over time, so the aim is to get to him as fast as possible while he remains weak.
Will Left 4 Dead Return?
Left 4 Dead is a well respected series. The two games still have an enormous fan base and their critical reception has been amazing. This 4 person dynamic was a unique way in which players could work together in various different multiplayer modes. It certainly seems that Turtle Rock wish to explore new avenues and other potential gaming series. Though according to certain sources, they have actually seen Left 4 Dead 3 in development.
"It wouldn't be any news if I said yes, I saw it. It looks great." - Minh Le
If the Counter Strike co-creator is to be believed, then the game actually is at a stage of development that already suggest its release within the next two years! But then we can't believe everything that we read. I remain cautiously optimistic for the release of Left 4 Dead 3, and do look forward to seeing whether Evolve's interesting dynamic will function even remotely as a replacement for the series.
Evolve will be released for PS4, Xbox One and PC on the 10th February 2015.