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After the teases by a Valve employee and a countdown site hosted on a Russian server went live around the same time, all of it kind of pointing to GamesCom 2013, many people brushed it off as Valve being the trolls that they are. However, a screencap of a changelog has gone public showcasing that they have been working on Left 4 Dead 3 and the Source Engine 2.
The latter isn't surprising in the least bit, we've all known about the Source 2 and that they've been working on it for quite some time. However, we didn't know when and how it would be released. I guess we kind of have a time-frame now, eh?
The real news comes from Press-Start.com, an Australian website that spotted the screenshot of the changelog, which is basically a manifest keeping track of recent updates and changes that take place in a database. Guess what was on the changelog? Right... Left 4 Dead 3. Check the images below.
Basically, what this means is that we can expect an announcement for Left 4 Dead 3 at some point soon. It would be the first of Valve's triple terror IP, which could include Portal 3 and Half-Life 3. Although, it would be pretty cool if they announced Left 4 Dead 3 at GamesCom, announced Portal 3 next year at GDC or PAX, and then announced Half-Life 3 at E3 2014 as a launch exclusive for the Steam Box. Now that would rock.
However, let's not get ahead of ourselves. These images only indicate that they are working on the game but they don't actually give us a time-frame for the announcement of the title. While it would seem likely that the countdown and teaser video from a while back would point to a GamesCom appearance, we're still dealing with Valve here... master trolls.
For now, it does appear as if the company is aiming toward something big at GamesCom since they will be in attendance and if it is Left 4 Dead 3 I don't think anyone would complain.
As for the Steam Box... it appears we'll have to wait just a bit longer for a dedicated living room solution in the form of a small, console-sized PC. Unfortunately the information on the Steam Box has been dead in the water as of late and a fall release is looking very unlikely. However, once again, it all depends on what goes down at GamesCom.