Counter-Strike co-creator Minh "Gooseman" Le said in a new interview that he's seen Left 4 Dead 3 in action. He was impressed by it, too.
"You know, the one thing I'm really excited about is Left 4 Dead, the new Left 4 Dead," Le told goRGNtv. "I saw it, it looks great. I was really excited when I saw that, I was like 'wow, this looks great'. Because I really enjoyed Left 4 Dead, it was just one of those games that really just changed the industry. I think at the time there wasn't many good co-op games, so yeah, this is a great co-op game."
While Left 4 Dead 3 seems like a given, Valve hasn't actually announced the game yet. All we've seen so far are rumors and teases of dubious origin. The first was a teaser website built by a fan. The next was an alleged screenshot of the company's changelog. Sad as it may seem to series fans, Le's vague praise for Left 4 Dead 3 might be the most concrete news we have on the game so far.
Le also discussed Half-Life 3 a bit, though it doesn't sound like he's actually seen footage of the game.
"I think it's kinda public knowledge, that people know that it is being worked on," he said. "And so if I were to say that yeah, I've seen some images, like some concept art of it, that wouldn't be big news to be honest. But yeah, I mean like I guess I could say that I did see something that looked kinda like in the Half-Life universe."
"And I mean it wouldn't surprise anyone if I said they're doing it, they're working on it, yeah. So to go on a limb I'd say I did see some concept art for Half-Life 3."
We know as little about Half-Life 3 as we do about Left 4 Dead 3. Like Le, we saw some concept art but that's it.
After releasing Counter-Strike as a mod for Half-Life, Le was hired by Valve on additional games in the series. He left the company when Counter-Strike 2 was shelved.
His departure was at least 6 years ago - he moved to Korea in 2008 - so it's surprising to hear that he was able to see Left 4 Dead 3 in action. Maybe Valve allowed him to drop by as a guest to check out their upcoming games. He must have a few friends still working there, right?
I'd like to end on a hopeful note by saying that "E3 is next month and Valve might announce Left 4 Dead 3 or Half-Life 3 during the convention!" However, I'm convinced at this point that whenever someone expresses enthusiasm for an upcoming Valve game, it gets delayed six months. I'd rather pretend L4D3 and HL3 don't exist and then get pleasantly surprised if they do show up at E3.