ValveTime.net recently released information about a supposed cancelled expansion to Half-life 2.
“Valve approached Arkane Studios to help develop a sequel to the critically acclaimed Half-Life episodes. We worked on this franchise for a full year before Valve decided to put their episodic efforts on hold.” – Sebastien Scieux
Sebastien Scieux, formally of Arkane Studios, reportedly leaked information pertaining to a cancelled expansion to the Half-life franchise, entitled “Return to Ravenholm”.
Half-life 2: Episode 4: “Return to Ravenholm” was apparently underdevelopment by Arkane Studios, the developers of the well-received stealth action game Dishonored, between 2006-2007 before the plug was pulled by Valve Software.
Rumor has it that the expansion was not going to feature everyone’s favorite silent protagonist, Gordan Freeman, but instead star another character similar to the Half-life 1 expansions: Opposing Forces and Blue Shift.
The prevailing theory was that you would have assumed the role of Alyx Vance, who would have to navigate the game without the aid of the protective HEV suit.
Note the mysterious “Absorption” statistic which replaces the Suit energy statistic.
The community’s love for Alyx Vance has not waned over the years as indicated by GamingBolt’s recent “10 Non-Playable Characters We Would Love To Play As” illustrates, where she ranked as the #1 choice!
It’s difficult to ascertain the legitimacy of the rumor but the professional grade sequence featuring the head crab playing with a decapitated head is just too disturbingly cute to not make me a little sad that this project (if it ever really existed) never came to fruition.
Below are screenshots of the apparent cancelled project as well as a video montage assembled by ValveTime.net.