When Gabe Newell announced that Valve will start making games again, we couldn’t help but think that maybe, just maybe, he would consider putting a “3” after one of his beloved franchises. Dreams of Portal 3, Half Life 3 and Left 4 Dead 3 were reignited once more. Now Turtle Rock, co-creators of the original Left 4 Dead (under the name Valve South), are looking for talent to work on a “globally known game franchise”. That’s according to a series of job listings over on the Turtle Rock website (one of which you can see for yourself here). Here’s the introductory paragraph from the listing:

Looking to work on a globally known game franchise? Join our exceptional development team as a Senior Level Designer on an unannounced AAA title. Do you love creating awesome level layouts and designing fun encounters? Do you enjoy watching people play through your levels and collaborating to make them even better? The job will require working closely with artists, engineers, and other designers to create awesome content.

Another little tidbit of information we can take away from the listing is that it will be an FPS, as highlighted in this job requirement:

Demonstrated experience working with modern FPS engines (UE4, etc.).

Also take a look at the below. This makes it sound like a multiplayer game, but perhaps a competitive PVP-type game rather than a PVE:

Create competitive and balanced map layouts.

So … Left 4 Dead 3 confirmed? Unfortunately, it seems unlikely. The word “competitive” is repeated three times throughout the job listing. So even if Valve were bringing Turtle Rock back in to the fold, the wording here suggests that Left 4 Dead 3 is not in the works. Unless of course Left 4 Dead 3 will signal a radical shift from the well-established formula. Left 4 Dead Royale perhaps?

Let’s also not forget that Turtle Rock are the studio that developed Evolve, a game that struggled to impress at launch. So much so it was made free-to-play less than a year after release. We can only hope Turtle Rock have learnt from their mistakes if they decide to go with Evolve 2.

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