Arkane Studios may have dropped Ravenholm, the working title for its Half-Life 2 spinoff, over a decade ago, but that won’t stop video game historians from digging up footage of the game. Today, the video game documentary channel Noclip shared a video featuring nearly an hour of unfiltered footage from the abandoned zombie shooter project.
The footage is contextualized by Danny O’Dwyer, who explains the development process as well as the game’s setting and characters between sections of narration-free gameplay. As O’Dwyer begins playing, Lieutenant Shepard (the player character) regains consciousness in an abandoned hospital and is guided by Father Grigori, known for his role in Half-Life 2. It doesn’t take long for the action to begin as the hospital is soon invaded by zombies.
O’Dwyer notes that while the game is still playable, it is visibly unfinished. It’s obvious that the game has some rough edges – as many commenters noted, some of the zombies are comically wearing shirts that say “I’m a placeholder”.
The game was canceled for unknown reasons after development took place between 2006 and 2007. Previously was footage of the game revealed for the first time by Noclip in 2020 in a documentary about arcane.
Most recently, the Half-Life series expanded with Half Life: Alyx, which IGN awarded full marks. Aside from Alyx, Valve hasn’t done much work on the Half-Life series since the 2000s, but fans recently took matters into their own hands with Black Mesa, the fan-made Half-Life remake that we’ve released for his skilful (yet) praised to have slightly outdated) improvements to the original game.
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