Video game documentary producer Noclip has released an hour of footage from ‘Ravenholm’, a canceled Half-Life game from Arkane Studios.
The studio known for the Dishonored series and most recently Deathloop was reportedly given full creative freedom with the Half-Life spin-off’s story, setting, and characters, but Ravenholm was canceled before these were finalized.
Recorded as part of a larger documentary on the history of Arkane, the gameplay footage below was not originally created with public consumption in mind.
Danny O’Dwyer of Noclip commented on the following about what was shown:
“The version you are about to see was put together near the end of development to try and show Valve the progress the Arkane team had made”
“But it’s important to understand that everything you’re about to see is coming from an unfinished game, which means a lot will be missing and even a lot of the content that’s here is an early pass, so things like art, the animations, the gameplay, the level designs, even the voice work, are likely to see more changes.”
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