The launch of Half-Life: Alyx already makes this the busiest Half-Life yr since 2007, but it surely seems followers nonetheless have extra to stay up for. The workforce at Noclip, which produces lavish documentaries about video video games, is engaged on a collection of episodes about Arkane Studios. While it’s most likely greatest recognized for the Dishonored collection, Arkane additionally labored on unreleased sequel to Half-Life 2. On Friday, Noclip teased footage from that recreation, which will likely be included within the episodes which start airing next week.
On social media, Noclip teased footage with a short gif that reveals off a personality — probably Gordon Freeman himself — preventing off a really sturdy zombie. The zombie ultimately rips a door off its hinges earlier than our hero punches it within the face. It’s not a lot to go on, however any entry into the historical past books of Half-Life is trigger for some pleasure.
Arkane Studios’ Half-Life recreation would have been titled Half-Life 2: Episode 4, and it was additionally subtitled Return to Ravenholm sooner or later in growth. As the subtitle suggests, the sport would have taken gamers to Ravenholm and would have been set someday earlier than Half-Life 2: Episode 2. The studio reportedly labored on the sport by means of 2006 and a few of 2007, however the undertaking was finally canceled.
According to Marc Laidlaw, Valve software program’s author on the entire Half-Life video games aside from Alyx, Episode 4 was canceled for a number of causes. For one factor, the truth that it went backwards in time, somewhat than persevering with on after the top of Half-Life 2, meant that it will be creatively constrained. Valve additionally apparently felt that the Ravenholm aesthetic with its many headcrabs and zombies, may need been performed out by then.
After the undertaking was canceled, it remained largely a secret. The first rumors of the undertaking cropped up in 2011 when a breach in Eidos’ servers led to the discharge of a resume with Half-Life 2: Episode 4 listed on it. In 2012, Laidlaw finally confirmed that the sport was in growth and that Arkane had been engaged on it.
If this tweet’s temporary glimpse on the recreation is any indication, it appears that evidently Noclip’s documentary on Arkane Studios ought to shed loads of new mild on the canceled Return to Ravenholm undertaking and probably on another components of the Half-Life franchise.
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