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New Images of Half-life 2: Episode 4 / Return to Ravenholm

Discussion in 'News' started by Hectic Glenn, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. Hectic Glenn

    Hectic Glenn Inexperienced Site Director Staff Member

    Half-life 2: Episode 4 or Return to Ravenholm was a title being developed by Arkane studios between 2006 and 2007 before eventually being cancelled. Little of the game beyond concept art and an animation reel demo has been seen before now. All images are verified as work from Episode 4.

    Our investigators have uncovered a selection images which show some in-game shots of the title which show new textures and models Arkane had planned for the game. You may notice a HUD element saying 'Absorption' in the images, if you have any suggestions what that might be, we'd like to hear them!

    You can also check out our video showing all the media from Episode 4 right here.

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  2. Spiderm4N

    Spiderm4N Medic

  3. What is the source of this content?
  4. tomemozok

    tomemozok Vortigaunt

    How much have you absorbed the faith Father Grigori preached about? :D
    In all seriousness,i think it's radiation absorption or something in that context
  5. Nzyme32

    Nzyme32 Headcrab

    I'm placing bets that absorption has to do with an event that occurs in episode 3. For whatever reason, i think there has been an integration of the HEV suit and Freeman's body, similar to what is seen in the Metroid fusion series on the GBA. Maybe he was captured and experimented on by some of the GMan's mysterious friends that we haven't met yet. So perhaps this is some new form of energy for him for him. Either that or they stuck a bunch of solar panels to him! Just a guess, don't take me too seriously!!
  6. bobtheskull

    bobtheskull Party Escort Bot

    I do miss the feeling of playing through a new HL experience *sigh*. That would have been cool. Although, I haven't the faintest clue what 'Absorption' could be an indication of... Maybe, being in Ravenholm, they planned an new zombie that could infect you? If the Absorption reached zero, you became one too regardless of your remaining health?
  7. Barnz

    Barnz ValveTime Reporter Staff Member

    It's from a former Arkane developer.
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  8. Chris D

    Chris D Administrator. Staff Member

    Aw, shit.

    /me orders some new servers.
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  9. calmkiller

    calmkiller Sandvich

    It says absorption because you are playing at Alyx in this episode so you don't have a suit per say.
  10. DEATHMASTER

    DEATHMASTER The Freeman

    I hope a playable version gets "accidentally leaked."
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  11. ríomhaire

    ríomhaire Moderator Staff Member

    I don't think Gordon was the main character in Episode Four. It was being done by an outside studio, not Valve, as a spin-off. Similar to Opposing Force and Blue Shift.
  12. Shakermaker

    Shakermaker Party Escort Bot

    Wow guys, great scoop!
  13. MFL

    MFL AlbatrossofTime

    Why did this get cancelled?
  14. Barnz

    Barnz ValveTime Reporter Staff Member

    Here's your answer:

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  15. Others have said it before, but I believe that Valve time or Lambda Generation reported that in this episode Gordon wasn't the player character but instead it was Alyx, Father Grigori, or Barney.

    I think the Absorption meter refers to radiation or some other hazardous particles that the player would come into contact with.
  16. iamaloner95

    iamaloner95 Headcrab

    I think that Absorption is something involved with zombie(s)/infection since in picture we can see zombies without headcrabs! Look at second picture, you can see a human being in pose of a zombie without a headcrab, we can see a very pale human covered in the clips rising and running suddenly and the other clip where it slams or something. The content was probavly kinda recycled in Left4Dead, the animations and some other things...
  17. Barnz

    Barnz ValveTime Reporter Staff Member

    Nope, it's a new animation.
  18. MFL

    MFL AlbatrossofTime

    That's not really a why, more of a reiteration.
  19. Stylo

    Stylo The Freeman

    "Valve decided to put their episodic efforts on hold" seems like a 'Why?' to me.
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  20. TechnoHippyChic

    TechnoHippyChic Companion Cube

    By the time it would have come out, Gordon has aged enough to need adult diapers. This is what the absorption stat is all about...
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  21. mrhairspary

    mrhairspary Hunter

    Can someone please tell me the name of the background music ? :p
  22. Schru

    Schru Vortigaunt

    ‘Eine Kleiner Elevatormuzik’.
  23. Venx

    Venx Medic

  24. So it's because of Valve's long development time that outside developers could not submit their own expansions for Valve to publish. How could you, Valve!
  25. the one Edman

    the one Edman Headcrab

    that about the gloves in the game photo? those look like HEV gloves... not saying it's gordon, maybe it could be someone else who worked in black mesa, like the one who has trained you at half-life 1 training
  26. Vegeta897

    Vegeta897 The Freeman

    Yep still looks like Half Life 2.
  27. Omnomnick

    Omnomnick Lead Content Creator Staff Member

    Most likely just before they changed the view model from the default Gordon hands.
  28. the one Edman

    the one Edman Headcrab

    zombies with no headcrabs in half-life? interesting...
  29. Mogi67

    Mogi67 Companion Cube

    this looks ****in ghey. how can you have episode 4 before episode 3?

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