One hour of abandoned Arkane Half-Life gameplay

Video game documentary producer Noclip has released an hour of gameplay footage from Ravenholm. This is the discontinued “Half-Life” game from Arkane Studios.

Noclip, a producer of video game documentaries, has released a full gameplay video of Arkane Studios’ canceled “Half-Life” spin-off. The game, which was dubbed “Half-Life 2: Episode 4” and “Return to Ravenholm” during development, was set in the former resistance stronghold and now crab- and zombie-infested city of Ravenholm. .

Ravenholm begins with the player having breakfast and being invited to receive information from Father Grigori, the town’s priest and sole survivor. At the same time, zombies will fall from the windows and the player will be forced to flee. The gameplay footage you can check out below shows some additional “chapters” put into context by Danny O’Dwyer, the narrator.

Gameplay features shootouts and melee combat

After the video starts, you can also get a glimpse of what the combat would have been like, including heavy melee attacks with some physics, so you could have pushed zombies into spikes or knocked them over over railings.

The studio hired at the time, best known for the Dishonored series and more recently Deathloop, would have had carte blanche to develop the story, the setting and the characters of the spin-off Half-Life. However, “Ravenholm” was discontinued before work was completed.

The gameplay footage embedded below was recorded as part of a larger documentary about Arkane’s story and was not originally intended for public viewing.

“The build you’re about to see was created towards the end of development to show Valve the progress the Arkane team was making,” said Danny O’Dwyer of Noclip. But it’s important to understand that everything shown in the video is from an incomplete game, which means a lot of things are missing or just appear as placeholders.

In this context, things like graphics, animations, gameplay, level designs, and even voice acting would likely have received further changes.

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Half-Life Alyx, the first new installment in the series in nearly 13 years, was released in March 2020 exclusively for PC VR hardware. A message followed later on a possible PSVR2 version.

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