New screenshots from Half-life 2: Return to Ravenholm surface online

By on January 14, 2013, 2:00 PM

New images from a planned Half-Life 2 episode known as Return to Ravenholm recently surfaced online. The game was being developed by Arkane Studios in 2006 and 2007 but was ultimately cancelled, much to the dismay of fans of the series.

Up to this point, the general public has seen little more than concept art and an animation reel demo from the game. Thanks to the investigative team at ValveTime, however, we now have several screenshots to admire – all verified to be from Episode 4.

The screenshots show multiple new textures and models that were to be used in the game as well as a HUD element called Absorption. It’s anyone’s guess as to how exactly this metric was to be used – feel free to chime in below if you have any ideas.

As you may or may not already know, Arkane Studios was absorbed by ZeniMax Media in August 2010. The company most recently worked on the first-person stealth-action game Dishonored, released late last year. The game received favorable reviews from critics and was the third-best selling title on Steam the week before its release.

Half-life’s original writer Marc Laidlaw spoke on the cancellation a year ago, telling LambdaGeneration that they were big fans of Arkane and wanted to come up with a project they could work on together. After tossing around some ideas and putting together some content, they eventually decided that it didn’t make sense to pursue the project at that time. He said that elements of the title like headcrabs and zombies were played out and the story timeline introduced some creative constraints.




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howzz1854 said:

Obviously the graphic looks outdated by now.

amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

Stop with the remake's! Black Mesa was an awesome, sweet super tease, I can't take it anymore! Bring me Half Life 3, or Episode 3....something that ends with 3!!!

Obviously the graphic looks outdated by now.
The HL2 source engine (with and without mods) still makes new games look outdated or average.

Tabbywabby Tabbywabby said:

Why has valve not been working their butts off on source engine 2? They are lagging so far behind other companies while they should be at the forefront. I really hope valve hasn't lost its edge.

Guest said:

Let the rumours of HL begin... that means we will see the HL3 in a few years (which is a good thing)...lol..

Guest said:

Absorption could possibly refer to radiation absorption? If I recall correctly Ravenholm was pounded by biological (I.e. head-crab filled) shells, so perhaps the Combine also threw in some radioactive/toxic weapons at Ravenholm during the Earth-combine seven-hour war?

In any case I think people would be best-served by just imagining that the Half-Life franchise is over, until something definitive (like a release date) comes out of Valve. Otherwise you'll just get yourself worked up over nothing.

Puiu Puiu said:

Why has valve not been working their butts off on source engine 2? They are lagging so far behind other companies while they should be at the forefront. I really hope valve hasn't lost its edge.

we know that they are working hard on it, but they might wait for the new generation of consoles to come out before showing us anything. I have faith that the will deliver! valve FTW!

veLa veLa said:

It just sucks for me because I know the next Half-Life game will look like TF2.

Sniped_Ash said:

In any case I think people would be best-served by just imagining that the Half-Life franchise is over, until something definitive (like a release date) comes out of Valve. Otherwise you'll just get yourself worked up over nothing.
This, pretty much. Valve do what Valve do. Since Valve done made it easy for games to magically appear on my computerbox without me needing to drive anywhere (often at a deep discount), they get a free pass from me forever.

Guest said:

Well I prefer a game to take a long ass time to be developed in good graphics and a great story line then to get a game released 1 or 2 years later with out taking their time to make it good. like they did with cod BO series. I dont play those 2 games but I know for a fact from my friend it sucks ass.

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