Left 4 Dead 3 character concept art

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In today's news post, we're going to talk about Left 4 Dead 3 characters. In July of 2015, Steam Database received an early version of Aperture Robot Repair, a virtual reality demo that was created by Valve. Our former site contributor Nick worked with them to document all the findings, which were published after the demo's release in February of 2016.

The demo features numerous references to Left 4 Dead 3 and other projects. In the files, there are textures for a character called "adult_01". This character is referenced in the map "vr_l4d_characters" but the model for it is missing. It should be noted that some of these files are not included in the final release of the demo.

npc/adult_01/materials/akstrap
• npc/adult_01/materials/boots (missing)
npc/adult_01/materials/hat
npc/adult_01/materials/jacket
npc/adult_01/materials/pack
npc/adult_01/materials/pants
npc/adult_01/materials/rebelhead
npc/adult_01/materials/shirt

akstrap_thumb.jpg hat_thumb.jpg jacket_thumb.jpg pack_thumb.jpg
pants_thumb.jpg rebelhead_thumb.jpg shirt_thumb.jpg

In February of 2013, three years before the release of Aperture Robot Repair, artist Moby Francke left the company. After his departure, he published concept art for two characters on his personal website in June.

character_01_thumb.jpg character_02_thumb.jpg

These images depict two middle aged Middle Eastern men armed with weapons. They appear to be created for "adult_01" from the leak. When we were working on the Aperture Robot Repair article, we saw these similarities but we had no evidence to support our speculation.

Shortly after we published the article, one of our contacts who wishes to remain anonymous revealed that the original filenames for these concept images bear the prefix "npc_adult", which confirms the connection. We'd like to thank Martin Benjamins of Steam Database and our former site contributor Nick for their help.
 

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