Destructoid dropped a mind grenade on gamers this morning by relaying a rumor from a "very reliable source" that a sequel to Valve's zombie co-op game, Left 4 Dead, will make an E3 appearance. I've contacted Valve for comment -- denial or otherwise -- but have yet to hear back from the studio.
Valve has not publicly discussed its E3 presence (or lack thereof), though the rumor mill has continued to hope against hope Half-Life: Episode 3 makes a long-desired debut. No one's been predicting Valve would roll out a follow-up to Left 4 Dead so quickly, but even if the existence of more Left 4 Dead is true, much remains unanswered. Is it a downloadable expansion, akin to Rockstar's The Lost and Damned, or a full-fledged, Valve-has-been-working-on-this-for-a-while sequel?
At Microsoft's E3 press conference last year, Valve promised new Portal levels exclusively for Xbox 360.
According to the official E3 website, Valve has secured a meeting room at E3 ("Meeting Room #501C"). It will not have an actual "booth." The E3 website lists Valve being booked under both two names -- Valve and Valve Corporation. It's certainly possible Valve is attending E3 for two different reasons, with "Valve" handling media appointments (for whatever is being announced at the show) and "Valve Corporation" coordinating business meetings with retail and otherwise, but until E3 actually rolls around, it's hard to say.
Because it's E3 and because it's fun, let's just assume is 100% real and will debut next week. What are we going to see?