Did you know that Valve and Arkane once teamed up to produce a Half-Life spin-off? Called Return to Ravenholm, and occasionally, erroneously nicknamed Half-life 2 Episode 4, the project was shelved prior to announce. Valve’s Mike Laidlaw explained the situation to LambdaGeneration:
“We are big fans of Arkane and wanted to come up with a project we could work on together. We threw ideas around, they built some cool stuff, but we eventually decided that it didn’t make sense to pursue it at the time. As I recall, we felt like a lot of the staples of Ravenholm–headcrabs and zombies!–were pretty much played out,” he said.
“And the fact that it would have to take place sometime before the end of Episode 2 (so as not to advance beyond where Valve had pushed the story) was a creative constraint that would hamper the project … and Arkane.”
All that’s left are a few screenshots, available on ValveTime. Although they shots look quite dated now, in the wake of Dishonored reminding us just how talented the team at Arkane is, it’s a little bit heartbreaking to see that which never never came to be.