Half-Life 2: Episode 4 Return to Ravenholm screens surface

Images from Dishonored developer Arkane Studios' canceled Half-Life game emerge.

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Screenshots from Dishonored developer Arkane Studios' Half-Life 2: Episode 4--or Return to Ravenholm--have surfaced. ValveTime has posted a batch of images it claims are verified and stem from development in 2006 and 2007.

Image credit: ValveTime

The images show off series-familiar environments and art style. Notably, a HUD element called "Absorption" is present in the screenshots, though it is not clear what this could mean.

This is not the first time Arkane's Half-Life game Return to Ravenholm has been discussed. A year ago, Valve writer Marc Laidlaw told LambdaGeneration that such a project was in development at the studio. He said some ideas were discussed between Valve and Arkane, but ultimately the project was scuttled.

Discussion

135 comments
NuclearPig
NuclearPig

So they just skipped episode 3 ???

max-hit
max-hit

These developers are not capable of counting. Obviously.

franzito
franzito

Ravenholm is hair-raising s***

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

You know what? If Valve doesn't release any information on their next game this year (which everyone wants to be half life 2 episode 3 or just half life 3), then they should just stop making games and just focus on steam at this point.

I mean come on. I understand wanting your creations to be GREAT, but working and reworking and reworking a project usually ruins it. Or if it finally comes out it's not what it could have been had it been released years earlier. Stop trying to make it your idea of "beyond perfect" and just settle for "extremely great" or "perfect".

There have been tons of games and movies (even albums) that have gone through the same process. Overworking and overthinking and overanalyzing something doesn't always make it better or "more perfect". There's nothing wrong with striving for greatness but they need to figure out when the cutoff point is.

wyan_
wyan_

I still remember how creepy and scary Ravenholm was. -can't wait to go back.

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

The only good thing about the long wait between HL games is that it allows lots of time to save lots of money to build an ultimate beast of a gaming PC to run the game on.

el3m2tigre
el3m2tigre

It's true... gaben really can't count to 3 :o

fillup0
fillup0

I think Valve was trying to play with the big devs by getting out games quickly through giving them to other devs and then found out that it doesn't work for them. Episodic content, eh Valve? Don't expect the next Half Life after 3 to take forever to come, or if it does, it will be much better.

Wula_
Wula_

Gabe is truly afraid of the number 3. So he found the perfect solution to his dilemma. SKIP IT!

AceBalls
AceBalls

Yep. I've certainly missed something here. I always thought the number 3 came before number 4 but hey. must've been that alien spacecraft I saw outside my window last night. At least my rectum seems intact - for now.

keyb0red
keyb0red

OK so its 6 years in development limbo...

sounds like another Duke Nukem :)

BuBsay
BuBsay

1...2....4

Apparently they've hired King Arthur to do their counting for them.

shalashaska88
shalashaska88

Also, I will not hesitate to upgrade my dated dual core PC if Valve announces Half Life 3. 

shalashaska88
shalashaska88

E3 this year I hope Valve? (been saying before every E3 for the last few years) :(

Fernin-Ker
Fernin-Ker

I still think the reason we haven't seen an Ep.3 yet is because they painted themselves into a corner with the plot and their psycho fan base. They don't have the chops to follow up and they know if these release something that's not to the expectations of their fan base (and nothing WILL be), they'll be crucified for it.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Valve determined to never give us Ep. 3, but we see news that a Ep.4 was under way, oh lawd! :P

WayneL23
WayneL23

But I thought "we  don't go to Ravenholm anymore"...

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

W/e these games are taking to long FFVersus is another one by the time they are out I doubt they will have the same impact that they should of had when they should have been out. Sad really they will be good games but the expectations are so high that it will seem like they wont live up to the hype do to the devs not wanting to give it to us when they needed to give it to us. They have had years to work on these and nothing.. oh well they might as well cancel them.

HIT3kNology
HIT3kNology

Valve isn't making any more Half Life because they still havn't figured out how to make games that don't look the same.  They are also trying to figure out how to make it so the enemy doesnt have to climb over a light post to get to you on the other side. Judging by their recent games the Valve engine will not be able to compete with today's engines. Source 2 is under development at the moment so you probably have your answer why no Half Life.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I think it's fucking disgraceful that Valve would end Episode 2 in the way they did and then keep everyone waiting for over five years for the next episode. It's even more annoying that they never talk about it and act like nothing's wrong.

xdude85
xdude85

At least they were planning ahead.

Bungiehalo
Bungiehalo

I'll believe it when I see it. I'm as excited for it just as much as anyone, but until I hear something directly from Valve, I remain skeptic.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

Man. I remember that game. I was going bonkers because for the graphics. Now it's just mid-range. I always thought they turned it into Red Steel.

nkaiton
nkaiton

Blue balls, thy name is Half Life Episode 3.

lancea34
lancea34

It's officilal. Valve can't count to 3: Portal 1/2, Left 4 Dead 1/2, Half Life 1/2/Episode 1/2.

organic_machine
organic_machine

Ah yes, I remember reading long ago (I think it was right after Episode 1 released) that Valve was doing a trilogy of HL2 episodes and a third party dev was doing a fourth episode (not through Freeman's perspective). I totally forgot about it. Interesting to see it pop up again!

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

ever stopped to think of why vavle hasn't said anything about this game, hmmm. its brilliant. they are keeping their fans in suspense and its working. look, we are ALL talking about it! bravo valve,bravo.

R9_Vic
R9_Vic

"Overthinking, overanalyzing seperates the body from the mind."  ahhh... Tool  <3

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

@keyb0red Well if you skip the episodes and just go from HL2 to HL3 it'll be 10 years by the time the third one finally comes out, ASSUMING it's out next year...

bochog3
bochog3

@shalashaska88 Im with you Bro , i hope wee hear from Half-Life, also Doom 4 and tekken x street fighter on this year

fillup0
fillup0

Also, I bet it's been scrapped once before because of the "episodic content" thing they came up with... Which doesn't really work in practice. I doubt it will be Episode 3, but rather, Half Life 3 and it will come out with the next version of source.

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

also one of the best journalist on this site.

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

@bgghgubcjhgknjk @lancea34 How come there's 4 Half-Life games ? Doesn't mean they can count to 3. As lancea34 pointed out. Half Life, Half Life 2, Half Life 2: Episode One, Half Life 2: Episode Two.  Counter Strike, Counter-Strike 1.6, Counter-Strike: Source, Counter-Strike: GO (but let's just forget about that one).

fillup0
fillup0

Carolyn is transgender. Whatever, s/he contributes to Gamespot well enough so that's enough for me.

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

@DarthLod @DESTROYRS_F8 You sir, should examine yourself and before judging others. I am sure there are many things about yourself that others would frown upon.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@fillup0 I agree.  I Long for the day when people will get past the OMG Transgender!!!!!!111111111 childishness and simply appreciate Carolyn as a person and for the work she does in her field.

It may not happen in my lifetime, but I hope it happens in SOMEONE'S Lifetime.


And Tixylixx, this is not a knock on you, so please don't take it that way, because it does not appear that you have issue with Carolyn like that.  But there have been a lot of hateful, completely reprehensible comments and sentiment leveled against her in the recent past because of her being transgender.


People need to get past it, deal with it, and move on.