Footage Of Cancelled Half-Life 2: Episode 4 Surfaces Online
A few seconds of gameplay from the cancelled Half-Life 2: Episode 4 – Return to Ravenholm project worked on by Valve and Arkane Studios surfaced online this week in preparation for a new documentary releasing soon. This documentary from Noclip was teased this week with a trailer previewing an in-depth look into the history of Arkane Studios, the creators of games like the Dishonered series as well as the most recent Prey. The studio was also one of the few companies that was ever able to work with Valve on the Steam creator’s acclaimed Half-Life series, and though the result of those efforts was never released, it’s that game that’s got people buzzing ahead of the new documentary.
On social media, Noclip teased footage with a short gif that shows off a character possibly Gordon Freeman himself fighting off a very strong zombie. The zombie eventually rips a door off its hinges before our hero punches it in the face. It’s not much to go on, but any entry into the history books of Half-Life is cause for some excitement.
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Half-Life 2: Episode 4 was reportedly planned as a side story that explored the fallout from the original trilogy of episodes spinning out of the 2004 game. While Episode 3 was announced by Valve in 2007, the game was never released, while the unannounced Episode 4 was cancelled entirely.
In the meantime, Half-Life: Alyx brings players to events five years before the start of Half-Life 2. The game is released for Microsoft and Linux VR platforms, and follows the eponymous character who appeared in both Episode 1 and Episode 2.
The crowdfunded documentary The (Untold) History of Arkane Studios is produced by Noclip and premieres online next week. For Half-Life fans, the most recent game in the series you can play is Half-Life: Alyx. It’s a virtual reality title which means you’ll need the proper headset to play it, but it’s been received well so far and has been getting updates since release to refine it.