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New evidence suggests Left 4 Dead 3 will be in VR

Published: 17/Jan/2020 19:50 Updated: 17/Jan/2020 20:43

by Albert Petrosyan

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As Left 4 Dead fans desperately wait for any news regarding the potential release of a third game in the series, new information has surfaced that could further point to it being released in virtual reality.

It’s been over 10 years since Left 4 Dead 2 first released and there’s no telling how much longer fans will have to wait for the third installment of the popular multiplayer survival horror series.

While there have been plenty of leaks and rumors about L4D3, it’s always been nothing more than speculation, since there hasn’t even been official confirmation that the game is back in development after Valve allegedly canceled production back in 2017.

ValveLeft 4 Dead 2 released in November 2009 and fans are wondering when, or if, they’ll get the third installment.

However, on January 17, HTC president Alvin Wang Graylin posted something on Twitter that gave the indication L4D3 is not only in development, but will be released in VR.

Appearing at the Golden V awards, Graylin, who is the Vice-Chair for the Industry of VR Alliance and President of VR Venture Capital Alliance, made a presentation about the future of VR and included the game as part of it.

On the ‘2020 VR Trends’ slide of his presentation, Graylin suggested that “L4D3 and Half-Life: Alyx will drive consumer and AAA studio interest.”

Since Valve has not announced anything about L4D3 being in development, Graylin’s presentation may have given that away, in addition to revealing that it will be in VR.

Half-Life: Alyx VR, on the other hand, has been confirmed by Valve, so the fact that both were listed together by someone who knows what he’s talking about gives credence to the speculation that the next Left 4 Dead is indeed being developed.

However, with Half-Life: Alyx scheduled for a March 2020 release, it’s inevitably pushed L4D3 further down Valve’s pipeline, so it’s hard to formulate a potential time table for when it’ll be released.

It must be noted, the idea that L4D3 could be developed as a VR game isn’t new – it was initially leaked/suggested by Valve News Network creator Tyler McVicker, who stated, back on December 9, that “Left 4 Dead VR is real.”

Graylin’s January 17 presentation certainly reaffirms that initial leak, making it more and more likely that a VR version of Left 4 Dead will indeed be releasing after all.

UPDATE – January 17

Shortly following the publishing of this article, Valve released a statement to IGN claiming that they’re “absolutely” not currently developing L4D3, despite the recent flurry of leaks and Graylin’s presentation.

“We’ve seen rumors to this effect for the last couple of months,” Valve said in the statement. “We did briefly explore some Left 4 Dead next-gen opportunities a few years ago. But we are absolutely not working on anything L4D related now, and haven’t for years.”

“It’s clear some people are having fun creating misinformation to spin up the community and other outlets. Unfortunately, for now, a new L4D game is not something we’re working on.”

Apex Legends

Respawn hope to bring Wraith “under control” in Apex Legends Season 8

Published: 27/Nov/2020 2:41

by Andrew Amos

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The debate around Wraith is still raging on in Apex Legends. Despite change after change, she’s still a power pick in a lot of situations. However, in Season 8, Respawn are pulling out the final straw to try and bring Wraith “under control” once and for all.

Wraith has been slowly tuned down over the 20-month history of Apex Legends from outrageously broken, to somewhat manageable. Despite being hit with a big set of nerfs in June’s Lost Treasures update though, she still reigns supreme in the Outlands.

However, Respawn aren’t giving up hope on finally bringing the voidwalker “under control.” In an interview on the Third Party podcast, developer Daniel Klein said that more changes are on the way in Season 8.

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Wraith could be getting a bit bigger if Respawn end up shipping their intended changes for Apex Legends Season 8.

While he joked about just straight up removing Wraith from the game, Respawn actually have a direction they want to take. They don’t want to hit Wraith’s kit any harder. They want to see if they can “fix” her hitboxes.

“I don’t want to hit her kit any more. We’ve pushed that to the breaking point where it’s barely still fun, but the extremely wind-up on her tactical ⁠— as much as it was necessary ⁠— it puts the ability more into the camp of cerebral power rather than satisfying in the moment power,” he said.

“With Wraith, our approach is going to be very similar to Pathfinder. We’re going to take a look at her hitboxes and see how much wiggle room we have there. With Pathfinder, it turned out that we had so much… that was a 20% increase in hitbox size.”

The Pathfinder changes were shipped in the Season 7 update earlier in November, and have made the grappling robot a bit easier to hit while dashing across Olympus and the other maps.

Despite Respawn’s hopes though, nothing is locked in. They’ve only just started scouting out the work to change Wraith’s hitboxes. Klein stated he hopes the changes will be enough that Respawn could even look at buffing Wraith down the line, but the solution could be a dead end.

Pathfinder flying across screen with grapple hook.
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Pathfinder was hit with a similar hitbox nerf in Season 7.

“Nothing is guaranteed yet, we haven’t started work yet. I’ve asked one of our technical artists to take a look at it. Whenever he gets around to it, we will know more.

“My earnest hope is that we can bring her under control with just hitbox changes, and then maybe even look at ways at making her more in-the-moment fun again, and find a balance point between her tactical now and what it used to be.”

They’re not willing to risk “giving Wraith more power” by shipping some changes early before they tackle her hitboxes, so don’t expect ability buffs soon. However, in Apex Legends Season 8, expect Wraith to feel a little bit different.