Alleged Photo From Valve Tour Confirms L4D3, Source 2 (RUMOR)

Valve can’t seem to catch a break with their leaks.

During a tour of Valve HQ, a developer’s monitor was apparently left conspicuously open on a list of Valve projects. One of the tour members claims to have snapped a picture of it (hi-res), naturally, and posted it on Reddit.

If legitimate, this picture confirms several of the projects leaked through the Jira snapshot seen back in June. The most important projects are obviously Source 2 (represented by a gold icon with “2″ in the center in the picture above) and Left 4 Dead 3. Several names on the list are known Valve developers, such as Ken Birdwell, lending a slight air of legitimacy to the photo.

Then again, this is the Internet, and images are as easy to doctor as names of Valve developers are easy to find. And frankly, until we’re able to verify the veracity of the image, we remain skeptical. But there are a few little details that play in the photo’s favor, not the least of which is that, while L4D3 is mentioned, Half-Life 3 is not. But there’s no shortage of Valve rumors that have hit the Internet in the past, only to eventually be proven false.

As for the photo — if it is the real deal, it might give a peek into part of Valve’s future. Numerous more project references are made, such as engine changes to Source 2, changes to the spectator mode in Dota 2 for caster use, and a counter to track “keys left” for Steam games. While those items are obviously overshadowed by Source 2 and Left 4 Dead 3, they seem like new improvements that could be useful for players and Steam customers.

We have reached out to Valve for comment, and will update as we learn more.

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6 Comments on Alleged Photo From Valve Tour Confirms L4D3, Source 2 (RUMOR)


On August 5, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Valve releasing a game with a 3 in the title?

This is clearly a fabrication.


On August 5, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Sorry, if Half Life isn’t on there, then they’re basically dead to me as a dev. Then only thing they’re good for now is summer steam sales and that’s already over. They can pack up and go home for all I care. I used to really like these guys.

Black Mammoth

On August 5, 2013 at 10:12 pm

I’m with Dach on this one, actually. Valve seems to be so against the number 3 (Half life 2, Half life 2 Episode 2, Portal 2, L4D2), that I think anything showing them as doing a third game in a series is just BS.

Devin Connors

On August 6, 2013 at 1:45 am


It’s part of a big fix list spanning a bunch of different games. Just because Half-Life 3 isn’t on the list, or rather isn’t visible on this part of the list, doesn’t mean it’s not in development.

-Devin Connors


On August 6, 2013 at 1:56 am

Hmm, so people cry at EA for getting its games released on time and sometimes needing a small patch that everyone will be able to download in seconds, but Valve gets praised for being years late with every game it makes.

What a mystery that EA’s sales are so much higher than Valve’s lol.

Tool Aid

On August 7, 2013 at 1:58 am

@lol: Please, leave the house, if only for five minutes. It’ll do you – and by extension the rest of us – a world of good.