An hour of new footage for Half-Life spin-off Ravenholm has been released

Footage of Arkane’s Half-Life spin-off, Ravenholm, has been posted online by Noclip, the YouTube channel known for producing some really great documentaries on games.

In the hour-long footage, you are shown the build Arkane created to show the current progress of the game to Valve. This means what you see is not a finished title, but it still offers a glimpse at what might have been.

In the game, you would have played as Lieutenant Shephard from Opposing Force, and met up with a fellow by the name of Father Gregory who took refuge in an asylum that acted as an experimentation center. The building at one time in its life featured a children’s hospital, so you would have found toys on the floor of the place, making it “a bit creepy.”

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Prey will be free on the Epic Games Store next week

Arkane Studios’ sci-fi action game Prey will be made available on the Epic Games Store for free next week, so if you haven’t played it before, you no longer have an excuse not to try it.

In Prey, you awaken aboard Talos I, a space station orbiting the moon in the year 2032. You are the key subject of an experiment meant to alter humanity forever – but things have gone terribly wrong. The space station has been overrun by hostile aliens and you are now being hunted. In order to survive you will need to use the tools found on the station, weapons, and use your abilities.

Also free next week will be Jotun, the sort of isometric action game where you run about taking on creatures from Norse mythology. The whole thing is hand-drawn, and you will have to complete various levels and defeat jotuns (bosses), as the protagonist and disgraced warrior Thora. Your main weapon is a huge ax but you’ll quickly add a bunch of powers to your arsenal. While it is indeed an action game, the focus is more on exploration than whacking enemies, but you will find the boss fights are very challenging.

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You can now play Fortnite on iOS, Android, and PC with Xbox Cloud Gaming for Free

Microsoft has partnered with Epic Games to make Fortnite available on supported browser-enabled devices for free with Xbox Cloud Gaming in 26 countries.

This means that starting today, you can play Fortnite in cloud-supported markets just by having a Microsoft account and an iOS, iPadOS, Android phone or tablet, or Windows PC with internet access.

Since you don’t need to install the game, all you need to do is go to Xbox.com/play on your web browser and sign-in with your Microsoft Account and start playing Fortnite.

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Summer Game Fest 2022 set for June 9

Summer Game Fest Live, featuring Day of the Devs: SGF Edition, returns on Thursday, June 9, and will be streamed live from Los Angeles at 1 am PT, 2pm ET, 7pm UK.

As usual, you will be able to tune in via all major streaming platforms, including YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, and more. The stream will also be available on co-streams from creators. You can also head to your local IMAX theater in the US, Canada, and UK to watch it live.

If you would rather attend the live show, tickets will go on sale May 12 at 9am PT, 12pm ET, 5pm UK.

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Ubisoft founders considering partnering with private equity firm to acquire the company

The Guillemot family, founders of Ubisoft, are considering working with a private equity firm to acquire the company and keep potential buyers at bay.

This is according to a Dealreporter report (thanks, SeekingAlpha) which states the deal would allow the Guillemot family to maintain control of Ubisoft.

At present, the Guillemot family owns 15.9% of the company’s shares and 22.3% of the net voting shares. When today’s report broke, shares in the company rose by 10%.

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Hitman 3’s Freelance mode moved into the second half of the year, roadmap shows what’s ahead

IO Interactive has announced it has delayed the release of Freelance for Hitman 3, the new roguelike mode that was originally slated for spring.

According to the studio, after some internal testing and feedback from builds played by the core community, the team decided to take some extra time to “tighten the mode up” and improve several elements to improve the gameplay experience.

Announced back in January, Freelancer introduces strategic planning and a customizable Safehouse. As you progress through Freelancer, more areas of the Safehouse can be unlocked and new customization options will become available. Here is also where your pre-mission planning will take place via access to a mission hub. You can choose which campaign to play, and after you finish one, you can go back to the Safehouse and restock, resupply, and plan your next move.

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