While we’re probably not going to get any sequels to classic first-person shooter Half-Life, that hasn’t stopped assets related to what should have been Half-Life 2: Episode Three hit the Internet.
“On March 24, 2017, an unknown individual leaked the original map files for the Half-Life 2 episodes. These uncompiled source files show us the different development stages of the games,” claims Valve fan site ValveTime.net.
The post goes on to state what could have been the next Half-Life game.
“This map appears to be from the cancelled Half-Life 2 episode which was being developed by Junction Point Studios in late 2005. It takes place in a snow-themed version of Ravenholm which includes small puzzles, scripted sequences, and fights. This game is not related to Arkane Studios' cancelled Episode Four, also known as Return to Ravenholm, which would have also take place in the town,” the post reads.
“It is implied that the player crashes into a warehouse in a gondola. He wakes up in a room with two unique characters named Duncan and Scooter. There is a train station and buildings nearby. A group of rebels and Combine Soldiers fight on the streets.”
Previously, Half-Life writer Marc Laidlaw had confirmed he retired from Valve. Laidlaw was the lone writer for both Half-Life 1 and 2. He was responsible for creating each game's lore. In addition to this, he was the lead writer for Half-Life 2: Episode One and Two. This was followed by Valve writer Erik Wolpaw leaving the company as well.