Return to Ravenholm

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|date=Cancelled |genre=WikipediaFirst-person shooter|First-person shooter |mode= |platform= |hidep= |hideu= |rating= |distribution= |system= |input= |engine=Source |series=''Half-Life and Portal universe|Half-Life'' |designer= |writer= |composer= |previous= |next= }} '''''Return to Ravenholm''''', also known as '''''Ravenholm''''' or '''''Half-Life 2 Episode Four''''', was the working title of a cancelled Half-Life 2 Episodes (disambiguation)|''Half-Life 2'' Episode developed by WikipediaArkane Studios|Arkane Studios from 2006 to 2007. Set in the zombie-infested European town of Ravenholm, it was to take place sometime before the end of ''Half-Life 2 Episode Two''.{{LG|news/other/marc-laidlaw-on-the-cancelled-half-life-spin-offs-return-to-ravenholm-and-episode-four/|Marc Laidlaw On The Canceled Half-Life Spin-offs Return To Ravenholm And "Episode Four"}} ==Timeline of released information== *In the May 2006 issue of WikipediaPC Gamer|PC Gamer USA (Issue 148), there is an interview with Gabe Newell concerning the future of the ''Half-Life'' series, it is revealed that an ''Episode Four'' is planned to be released after the conclusion of the ''Half-Life 2'' episodic trilogy. Gabe states that it is to be developed outside of Valve with a stand-alone plotline.http//i.imgur.com/9pbdReG.jpg The World According to Gabe - PC Gamer, May 2006 *In December of 2007, Doug Lombardi states that ''Episode Three'' will only represent the conclusion of the current ''Half-Life'' story arc. It will not be the end of the greater ''Half-Life'' franchise, nor the end of the ''Half-Life'' episodic series, with even more episodic games unconnected to the current story arc to be made.http//www.stuffwelike.com/2007/12/12/half-life-3-world-exclusive/ Half-Life 3 on StuffWeLike.com This relates to the ''Episode Four'' mentioned in 2006. *That same month, Gabe Newell states in an interview that Valve would like to expand on many elements of the original story that had only been referenced in previous games. In particular, he brings up the possibility of developing games about Alyx Vance or Dog.http//www.videogamesblogger.com/2007/12/19/half-life-episode-4-possibly-planned-by-valve.htm Half-Life 2 Episode 4 possibly planned by Valve. Spin-off episode to feature Alyx and Dog? at Video Games Blogger *Following the network intrusion of WikipediaEidos Interactive|Eidos' servers in May 2011 and the subsequent data leak, community members report that among the leaked CVs are several CVs of industry developers who appear to have worked on an Arkane/Valve project built on the Source engine from 2006 to 2007. In some CVs, the project goes unnamed, but in others, it appears to be titled "Half-Life 2 Episode 4", "Ravenholm", or "Return to Ravenholm". These individuals include Sébastien Gaillard, Nims Bun, Florent Perrin, and Régis Capotosto.http//forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1886932 New HL2 Episode 4 info surfaces at the Steam Users' Forumshttp//forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2466034 Ravenholm, the other cancelled Half-Life game at the Steam Users' Forums Most of the CVs have since been edited to remove any mention of the project or Valve. *On January 13, 2012, Marc Laidlaw confirms to LambdaGeneration that a fourth and now cancelled ''Half-Life 2'' episode, titled ''Return to Ravenholm'', was being developed by Arkane Studios from 2006 to 2007. He states that as big fans of Arkane and their work, Valve wanted to come up with a common project that both studios could work on. Valve threw ideas around, and Arkane built "some cool stuff", but Valve eventually decided that it didn't make sense to pursue ''Return to Ravenholm'' at the time. They felt like a lot of the staples of Ravenholm (Headcrabs and Zombies) were pretty much played out, and the fact that it would have to take place sometime before the end of ''Episode Two'' (so as not to advance beyond where Valve had pushed the story) represented a creative constraint that would hamper the project, as well as Arkane themselves. ''Episode Four'' and ''Return to Ravenholm'' are also confirmed by Laidlaw to be the same game. *On January 11, 2013, four screenshots of ''Return to Ravenholm'' are uncovered.http//valvetime.net/threads/243033 New Images of Half-life 2 Episode 4 / Return to Ravenholm at ValveTime *On June 3, 2013, several model renders of assets intended for the game are discovered, many reinforcing the idea of a hospital location.http//valvetime.net/threads/243532 Further Half-Life 2 Episode 4 Images Found at ValveTime *On December 5, 2015, eleven additional screenshots from the project were revealed from the portfolio of Robert Wilinski, a Senior Environment Artist at Arkane between 2007 and 2008. The environment on display here depicts a dilapidated underground area with elements suggesting a relation to the previously seen hospital.http//www.valvetime.net/threads/new-half-life-2-episode-four-screenshots-revealed-valvetime-spotlight-exclusive.246580/ New Half-Life 2 Episode Four Screenshots Revealed! - ValveTime Spotlight Exclusive at ValveTime ==Gallery== ===Screenshots=== FileRavenholm arkane01.png‎|Abandoned hospital. FileRavenholm arkane02.png‎|Under a ruined roof outside the hospital. FileRavenholm arkane03.png‎|Hospital lobby. FileRavenholm arkane04.png‎|Prosthetic arms and legs in a dark corridor. FileRavenholm arkane05.jpg FileRavenholm arkane06.jpg FileRavenholm arkane07.jpg FileRavenholm arkane08.jpg FileRavenholm arkane09.jpg FileRavenholm arkane10.jpg FileRavenholm arkane11.jpg FileRavenholm arkane12.jpg FileRavenholm arkane13.jpg FileRavenholm arkane14.jpg FileRavenholm arkane15.jpg ===Model renders=== FileRaven 01.jpg|Truck model. FileRaven 02.jpg|Ditto. FileRaven 03.jpg|Hand cart model. FileRaven 04.jpg|Chemical hood model. FileRaven 05.jpg|Medical cabinet model. FileRaven 06.jpg|Shelf model. FileRaven 07.jpg|"Wet Floor" sign and fire extinguisher models. FileRaven 08.jpg|Mop model. ==See also== *Warren Spector's Half-Life 2 episode|Warren Spector's ''Half-Life 2'' episode *Unannounced Half-Life project|Unannounced ''Half-Life'' project ==References== {{Reflist}} {{Games}} CategoryHalf-Life 2 CategoryHalf-Life 2 Episodes CategoryGames CategoryCancelled games CategoryNon-canon games