Video game documentarian Danny O’Dwyer and his team at Noclip unearthed an hour of new gameplay from Ravenholmone canceled Half Life 2 spin-off that was in development from Dishonored developer Arkane Studios. The video follows his deep dive on the studio that reviewed several other projects that never saw the light of day, but Ravenholm was definitely the game that caught the attention of those who were still waiting for a real Half Life 3.
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Ravenholm was one of the episodes in development for Half Life 2, and this one focused on the zombie-infested horror scene of the original game. The video is mostly unedited footage from the title, although O’Dwyer appears occasionally to offer critical context on what viewers are watching in an effort to reduce confusion.
Informations about Ravenholm had leaked over the years even before Noclip’s original reveal during its aforementioned 2020 Arkane Studios documentary (which also had a lot of gameplay from the title), and it didn’t start life under that French studio’s eye. . Work on the undead shooter began at Junction Point Studios, a team led by legendary developer Warren Spector. This developer finally abandoned the game to work on it epic mickeyleading to Arkane’s job before the game was eventually scrapped.
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The future of half-life looks brighter than it has in a long time thanks to the relative success of VR gaming Half-Life: Alyx. Along with the release of the Steam Deck, Valve once again showed life in the game development space. And even if a half-life seems like a natural conclusion to jump to, a 2021 report claims the developer is not currently doing Half Life 3 or Half-Life 2: Episode 3. Instead, it allegedly focuses on a game called Citadelwhich is meant to be a first-person shooter and a real-time strategy hybrid, to create something that would work more naturally with the Steam Deck.