Arkane Studios, developer of our 2012 Game of the Year Dishonored, was reportedly working on an episodic instalment in the Half-Life series as far back as six years ago – and screenshots of that instalment, officially referred to as either Half-Life 2: Return to Ravenholm or Half-Life 2: Episode 4, have now emerged.
It’s been long known that Arkane Studios was being contracted to develop this spin-off; the game’s development was outsourced in the same way that Gearbox Software were charged with the development of the Opposing Forces and Blue Shift spin-offs the original Half-Life. Production ended in 2007, though, and these screenshots never made it to the public.
They’ve have come from a publication called ValveTime, who say that the images are “verified as work from Episode 4” and came from a former Arkane employee. Arkane has not called their legitimacy into dispute You can check out the full gallery below. Commenters at ValveTime are now discussing to what the “Absorption” HUD element could be referring.