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Old 01-07-2012, 04:26 AM   #1
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Ravenholm, the other canceled Half-Life game

This has been sitting on my desktop for a year. Here's the details for the canceled, official Half-Life game (a spin-off) from Arkane Studios, a France based video game developer in collaboration with Valve. Before we start:

. This may or not may be Episode Four, which was a game in the episodic series, developed also by Arkane before it was canceled.
. This is not an unofficial, third-party add-on.

The game was known as "Ravenholm", or "Return to Ravenholm", most likely a temporary title. It was developed by Arkane Studios back in 2007. Episode Four was also canceled in 2007, when Valve decided to put their episodic efforts on hold (1). Anyway, let's take a look at the resumes to learn more about Ravenholm.

1. The leaked resume files from the Eidos servers.

Nims Bun
Bun was a character technical director at Arkane between 2007 and 2009, credited for LMNO, Ravenholm, The Crossing.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/nims-bun/1a/873/979
Bun's public LinkedIn account

http://kiusuke.free.fr/cv.html
Bun's resume

Regis Capotosto
Capotosto is a freelance artist credited for Dark Messiah (2005), The Crossing (2006), Ravenholm (2007).

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/regis-capotosto/5/80a/78a
Capotosto's public LinkedIn account

Florent Perrin
I saved the best for last. Perrin was an animator at Arkane between 2006 and 2008, credited for Dark Messiah, The Crossing, Return to Ravenholm. There's Half-Life items in his demo reel.

http://www.f-anim.com/CV_FPerrin_2011_En.pdf
Perrin's resume

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIU1ePoVpG8
(the video is blocked in some countries, you can use a proxy to view it)

Florent Perrin demo 2008
flopzerules - 06/04/2009

00:20 - a creature model from Dark Messiah
00:22 - a child model from The Crossing
00:43 - a soldier model from The Crossing
00:52 - Half-Life 2 headcrab model playing with a detached zombie head, also from Half-Life 2

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7e...-2008_creation
Florent Perrin Demo 2008
flopzerules - 14/11/2008

00:30 - re-skinned Half-Life 2 citizen model acting like a zombie
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:29 AM   #2
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Interesting, I wish we had more information..
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:02 AM   #3
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Thanks OP. I think this is Episode 4.

My research: http://forums.steampowered.com/forum....php?t=1886932
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:08 AM   #4
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Just a question: all of this (including that EP4) is cancelled, right?
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:08 AM   #5
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Yes, both games were cancelled in 2007.
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:39 AM   #6
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I like it how we know more about Episode 4 and even this other thing, then about Episode 3. So much irony.

( do not start with your HL 3 / EP 3 thing please )
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:41 AM   #7
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Very interesting. VALVe clearly had the intention of expaning the world of HL2, then decided not to for some reason. The "why" for all this being canceled is what I would like to know. sm
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:38 AM   #8
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Nice finds.
If they do decide to bring the project back, I hope the main character is Adrian Shephard.
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:33 AM   #9
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Very interesting. VALVe clearly had the intention of expaning the world of HL2, then decided not to for some reason. The "why" for all this being canceled is what I would like to know. sm
Yeah I find this extremely interesting as well. I hope there will be somewith similar to "Portal 2 - The Last Hours" with the release of EP3/HL3 which explains all of Valves behaviour/decisions.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:55 AM   #10
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When Valve will stop disappointing us with canceling games...
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:58 AM   #11
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When Valve will stop disappointing us with canceling games...
Ha ha, nice one.
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:11 AM   #12
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Nice finds.
If they do decide to bring the project back, I hope the main character is Adrian Shephard.


If, and only if Valve decided to regurgitate 'Adrian whoever', then the title will NOT have anything to do with HL2.
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:15 AM   #13
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Adrian Shep- *facepalm*

Some fans seem unable to let go of Opposing Force. It wasn't even developed by Valve.

Ok...so we play as Adrian Shepard. Now what?

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Old 01-07-2012, 11:34 AM   #14
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It wasn't even developed by Valve.
and your point is?
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:36 AM   #15
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Adrian Shep- *facepalm*

Some fans seem unable to let go of Opposing Force. It wasn't even developed by Valve.

Ok...so we play as Adrian Shepard. Now what?
But part of the plot was made by VALVe, like the nuke, and the G-Man speech at the end.
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