When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Here’s how it works

Home / News / Revealed at last – the Half-Life 2 episode that never was

Revealed at last – the Half-Life 2 episode that never was

Half-life 2: Return to Ravenholm was cancelled about five years ago, but screenshots have finally been released

Half-life 2: Episode 4, or “Return to Ravenholm” was cancelled way back in 2007, before development was complete – and now the first ever screenshots of the first-person shooter have been revealed.

Valve wasn’t taking the lead on the development of Return to Ravenholm, instead leaving most of the heavy lifting to Arkane Studios (now best known for Dishonored). They came up with the screens and artwork you see in the video below, but eventually it was decided that the game didn’t really “work” in the Half-life world at that time, and thus is was canned.

Half-life 2: Episode 2 was the last official Half-life 2 game, and that was released way back in 2007. It has long been rumoured that Valve is secretly working away on the next instalment of Gordon Freeman’s adventure – but the company has always refused to comment when questioned about it. Seeing Arkane’s work just makes us want to pick up the crowbar one more time…

[ValveTime via Eurogamer]

You might also like

Would you pay US$20,000 to play every game ever made?

Robot that converts scrap plastic into 3D printer filament is out this year

Live-action remake of Toy Story hits YouTube

Profile image of Dan Grabham Dan Grabham Editor-in-Chief


Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

Areas of expertise

Computing, mobile, audio, smart home