Video game documentarian Danny O’Dwyer and his team at Noclip have unearthed an hour of new gameplay from Ravenholm, a canceled Half-Life 2 spin-off that was in development from Dishonored developer Arkane Studios. The video is a follow-up to its deep dive on the studio that went over several other projects that never saw the light of day, but Ravenholm was certainly the game that caught the attention of the many still waiting for a proper 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 stage from the original game. The video is mostly unedited footage of the title, although O’Dwyer pops in from time to time to offer critical context on what viewers are watching in an effort to curb confusion.
Information about Ravenholm had leaked out over the years even before Noclip’s original reveal during its aforementioned 2020 documentary all about Arkane Studios (which also had plenty of gameplay from the title), and it didn’t start life under the eye of that French studio. Work on the undead shooter first started at Junction Point Studios, a team led by legendary developer Warren Spector. That developer eventually dropped the game to work on Epic Mickey, leading to Arkane’s work before the game was ultimately shelved.
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The future of Half-Life does look brighter than it has in a long time thanks to the relative success of the VR game Half-Life: Alyx. Alongside the release of the Steam Deck, Valve has shown life in the game development space again. And even though a Half-Life seems like a natural conclusion to jump to, a report from 2021 claims that the developer is not currently making Half-Life 3 or Half-Life 2: Episode Three. Instead, it is allegedly focusing on a game called Citadel, which is said to be a first-person shooter and real-time strategy hybrid, in order to make something that would work more naturally with the Steam Deck.