Thursday's rumor of a Left 4 Dead prequel sounded too good to be true. If you were skeptical, you were right to be. Valve's Chet Faliszek said in a new interview that no such game is in development.

The L4D prequel, according to the report, was in development at PAYDAY: The Heist developer Overkill Software. Overkill had previously announced they were collaborating with Valve on an unknown project.

"I want to make sure that people don’t think the prequel is coming,” Faliszek told PCGamesN. "Those guys are still making Payday: The Heist, we’re still making Left 4 Dead. We’re trying to be a little coy and a little fun because we want the communities to discover the collaboration for themselves."

Overkill previously described the collaboration as blend of Payday and L4D. As I said yesterday, a prequel for just one of those games probably wouldn't fit that description. A look at the first days of the zombie outbreak through the eyes of bank robbers would've been fun, though.

While L4D fans might be disappointed that a prequel isn't on the way, they'll probably enjoy this joint L4D/PAYDAY project anyway. Regardless of its exact form, it'll no doubt involve four-player co-op, zombies, and assault rifle-wielding criminals. I think we can all agree these are promising ingredients.

Faliszek's mention of the communities "discovering" the collaboration on their own is interesting. Perhaps they'll start adding little hints to each game with Steam patches? Also, if they're going to go through all that trouble to tease this joint project, it might be something pretty big. Either way, you virtual criminals and zombie slayers should keep your eyes peeled.

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