Alleged Screenshots Surface Of A Long-Cancelled Half Life 2 Episode

For years now, there have been rumors and reports of a now-cancelled Half-Life 2 episode called Half-Life 2: Return to Ravenholm. The project, an overview of which can be found at the Combine Overwiki, was to be a collaboration between Valve and Dishonored-makers Arkane, and would, presumably, take players back to the creepy, zombie-infested village of Ravenholm. The existence and cancellation of Return to Ravenholm was confirmed by Valve's Marc Laidlaw in January of last year.

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The folks at ValveTime have posted what they claim to be some new unearthed prototype screenshots from the long-cancelled project. They've compiled them into the video above, as well. For clarity's sake: These screens are old, and no one has any reason to think the project has been un-cancelled or anything like that.

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Illustration for article titled Alleged Screenshots Surface Of A Long-Cancelled emHalf Life 2/em Episode
Illustration for article titled Alleged Screenshots Surface Of A Long-Cancelled emHalf Life 2/em Episode

Seeing as how the images come from an unconfirmed (by us) source and the game apparently never got very far into development, I'd suggest taking them with a grain of salt. I've reached out to both Arkane and Valve to ask about their authenticity, and will update if I hear back. Still... absorption? Interesting.

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It wouldn't be an article about Half-Life unless I closed with some sort of Half-Life 3 joke, so… no, you know what? This one time I'm not gonna do it.

New Images of Half-life 2: Episode 4 / Return to Ravenholm [ValveTime, thanks Glenn]

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Proposition65
Proposition65

I hope everyone realizes at this point no matter what ever ends up releasing it will never live up to expectations.

Even if its a great game in its own right, it would take something that revolutionized the world to be worth a decade of hype.

Valve are shooting themselves in the foot by leading us on the way they are. Oh sure, it'll sell. It'll sell like drugs at a phish concert. But the internet is gonna slam the shit out of it for not being worth the wait.