Half-Life 2: Episode Four - general thread
 

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Half-Life 2: Episode Four aka Return the Ravenholm was to be an outsorced episode Valve gave to a different developer that was to be set in Ravenholm.

There was two iterations by two studios:
  • From 2005 to 2006 it was developed by Warren Spector's Junction Point Studios.

    Known facts:
    -It was to be set before the events of Half-Life 2
    -We would meet Father Grigori
    -During the first segment we would see Combine ground units trying to assault Ravenholm
    -There would be a weapon called Magnet Gun and they came up with interesting gameplay ideas for it
    -Known names of other characters are Mueller and Scooter
    -The gameplay was built around a new weapon - Magnet Gun
    -It would fire a sticky magnetic ball at a surface and anything made of metal would be forcefully attracted to it
You can download a map styleguide_ravenholm that is related to this version and has some links to a magnet gun and this episode's characters.
You can also read an interview with Warren Spector about this iteration in an article by PC Gamer

  • From 2006 to 2007 or 2008 it was developed by Arkane Studios.
    We have some media from that versions in our gallery.

    Known facts:
    -It was to be set after Half-Life 2, during the events of HL2: Episode Two
    -It was more closely following the horror atmosphere of Ravenholm than JPS version
    -A playable build still exists inside Arkane studio
    -They had a build of Episode Four's previous iteration from JPS but from the looks of it they decided not to use their ideas.
    -Inside their team this project was called just "Ravenholm"
    -The protagonist was Lt. Shephard from Opposing Force (it seems G-Man gave him a nice promotion, from corporal all the way ti leutenant :D )
    -The main part of the game was to be inside an abandoned asylum, most likely somewhere not far from Ravenholm, and near the end of it in the town itself.
    -Father Grigori was making some experiments with Headcrab's toxins in hopes to find immunization from them and we were to assist him in this
    -Grigori was testing the cure's prototypes on animals and on himself. Later in the game he would get mutations that he would try to hide, e.g. under the hood.
    -In the end of the game he would become fully mutated and most likely would be some kind of final boss.
    -They planned to use Viktor Antonov's idea cut from HL2 - huge wind turbines that were built to generate electricity
    -Two of the new enemies were mutated monkeys that are scared of flashlight and zombies that could spit acid
    -Monkeys mutation was most likely to be a product of Grigori's experiments on them
    -Some of the new wepons were nailgun, some kind of plazma weapon and leaf blower
    -Nailgun could be used to solve puzzles with electricity by connecting the circuits with bolts с
    -Leaf blower could be used for rocket jumps
    -The ending wasn't revealed because according to the developers Valve still can somehow use it in their next games

Some other media:

Various Return to Ravenholm animations

Compilation of Arkane's Ravenholm gameplay moments from Noclip's documentary:

This thread will be later updated with other details.

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Some videos with some good info on episode 4


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A trailer of Noclip's documentary came out:

Some interesting stuff from it:

-A new design of Father Grigori's model
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-Some zombie-monkey-like creature
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Father Grigori fortnite edition
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Another footage from Return to Ravenholm was posted by Noclip.
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Is father grigori making a cure for the zombies?
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Is father grigori making a cure for the zombies?
No hes cooking them to eat

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I really hope we get some more leaks of episode 4, IE(like the style guide map)
or at the very least noclip/arkaine give something

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Sustenance!
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 !amazed these look awesome!
now this is a epic gamer moment.
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I found this photo:
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I found this photo:
It has nothing to do with Episode 4/Return to Ravenholm or Half-Life.
It's from The Crossing.
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The video is here!
Shitload of new information and gameplay and other media from the game!
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All new renders screenshots and concept art from the video were added to Ep4 gallery on our website.

Here's a short list with some of the facts from this video:
-A playable build still exists inside Arkane studio
-They had a build of Episode Four's previous iteration from JPS but from the looks of it they decided not to use their ideas.
-Inside their team this project was called just "Ravenholm"
-The protagonist was Lt. Shephard from Opposing Force (it seems G-Man gave him a nice promotion, from corporal all the way ti leutenant :D )
-The main part of the game was to be insite an abandoned asylum, most likely somewhere not far from Ravenholm, and near the end of it in the town itself.
-Father Grigori was making some experiments with Headcrab's toxins in hopes to find immunization from them and we were to assist him in this
-Grigori was testing the cure's prototypes on animals and on himself. Later in the game he would get mutations that he would try to hide, e.g. under the hood.
-In the end of the game he would become fully mutated and most likely would be some kind of final boss.
-They planned to use Viktor Antonov's idea cut from HL2 - huge wind turbines that were built to generate electricity
-Two of the new enemies were mutated monkeys that are scared of flashlight and zombies that could spit acid
-Some of the new wepons were nailgun, some kind of plazma weapon and leaf blower
-Nailgun could be used to solve puzzles with electricity by connecting the circuits with bolts с
-Leaf blower could be used for rocket jumps
-The ending wasn't revealed because according to the developers Valve still can somehow use it in their next games