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Riverbed is a location featured in two style guide maps included in the Android port of Half-Life 2: Episode One.


The locations appears similar to the Victory Mine valley featured in the Episode Two map ep2_outland_05. It consists of large, dried up shores, tall train bridges, a small industrial facility with a drain pipe leading down to the riverbed, a climbable pile of fallen rocks, and dense forests.

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Given the maps' file names, lack of any gameplay features and map cut-offs on the edges of the skybox, the location was presumably created as a point of reference - a style guide - for game designers of Episode Two, meant to be viewed from a number of selected perspectives.

The maps show two minor visual features never used in the Half-Life series: scrolling cloud textures, and rain particles, along with sound effects, which were only previously featured in the Source Particle Benchmark; of note is that the background menu texture of the benchmark appears to show an updated version of Riverbed, only with thinner, higher-quality trees. The skybox, noteworthy for not featuring the solitary snow peak seen in Episode Two even though the setting would suggest otherwise, has also never been seen in any retail game.


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