Black Mesa: Hazard Course is an add-on for the well known Source Engine mod, Black Mesa. Using Black Mesa assets as well as much of our own custom made content, Black Mesa Hazard Course will feature a complete recreation of Half-Life's training level, including new dialogue and voice acting, HD models, textures and detailed environments.

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It's been a long time. How have you been? We've been really busy being "dead"... Nah, just kidding. We were never dead. Wanna bet?

Posted by dky.tehkingd.u on Dec 29th, 2013

It's been a long time. How have you been? We've been really busy being "dead"...
Nah, just kidding. We were never dead. Wanna bet?

Surprise Mediaz!
Still Alive!

It's been a crazy past few months, full of mishaps, confusion, and Real Life™ taking up all of our time and effort. We wish we could have worked on the Hazard Course the entire time, but as our misfortune would have it, too many of our few developers were simultaneously away from their workstations and busy dealing with Real Life™, and not to mention, Valve gave us quite a run with their SDK mishap just a while ago. As a result, we unfortunately were unable to get as much done as quickly as we had originally hoped. We apologize sincerely for the delay. I deeply sympathize with Black Mesa and their various deadline mishaps! No doubt that must have been even worse of a nightmare.

Although we have taken a huge amount of time to get to this point, we are still (unfortunately) at a relatively early-ish stage in development. Our gameplay and environments are still in a constant state of flux, but that is not necessarily a bad thing! This means that you guys are still able to give valuable feedback on how you would like the Hazard Course to turn out.

As of today, we have just met our internal deadline for the next semi-public release, which means we now need testers to test it! Here's how it will work:

I know that a bunch of you have already applied to be testers, but to be fair to everyone, we will reset the tester application queue today. From the moment that this is posted, anyone who wishes to test must apply again, even if you have already applied. Note that we will only be accepting a few people, so this will be something of a first-come, first-consider basis! Also note that even if you do get accepted, you may not be sent the current build immediately, so be prepared to be patient. Testers must agree to the terms as specified on our Tester Position on our ModDB Jobs Page, so make sure you read those before applying.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or general cries of outrage, feel free to leave a comment below and we will try our best to address them. As always, please keep it civil!

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Capt.Host Dec 29 2013 says:

Can't wait for the complete Black Mesa package!
You should contact BM dev team, as they are preparing a version to launch on Steam (paid). They could sure use a Hazard Course.

Anyway, good luck ;)

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overwatchprivate Dec 29 2013 replied:

It would be very useful for the BM package as a whole, they were quite wrong when they said it wasn't needed and that players would know what to do. I've seen plenty of players who never played games like Half Life get confused by crouch jumping.

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Crypt Dec 29 2013 replied:

Black Mesa has ingame hints on how to do crouch-jumping, as well as perform pretty much anything notable.

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Rus[T] Dec 29 2013 replied:

That was just a ******* ******** answer of them, If you make a remake, you include everything, otherwise it's a joke. Maybe just for the nostalgia. Thank god there are people who add stuff and levels to it.

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dky.tehkingd.u Author
dky.tehkingd.u Dec 29 2013 replied:

A remake means that you modernize something. If something doesn't fit in the modern gaming sense, you cut it. That's just good practice, or else you'd be working for a long time on things that will end up out of place.

They had legitimate reasons to not include a Hazard Course, and cut a few parts of the original. The reasons might have been very disappointing, but they were legitimate reasons nonetheless. Anyone working in any development must carefully consider the cost/benefit ratio of working on any product features, and sacrifices must always be made in the end. Be grateful that they ever finished the mod at all, considering that they are a highly decentralized group of people working in their free time to bring you a free product. Of all the mods out there, Black Mesa is the one that had the most potential to die, considering how ambitious it was. Nobody really has any right to demand anything of the Black Mesa developers in the end.

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freeman2001 Jan 11 2014 replied:

When I'm bored, I speedrun the hazard course. What better use of it to a player who knows how to play?

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dstorque Jan 2 2014 replied:

I know the Black Mesa devs recently brought TextFAMGUY1 to their team after his work on his fantastic On a Rail Uncut and Surface Tension Uncut mods. Maybe you guys should contact them about getting on the team if you haven't already!

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iinFused Creator
iinFused Jan 2 2014 replied:

It wasn't because of OaR or ST uncut, it was because he sent an application to join the team.

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dky.tehkingd.u Author
dky.tehkingd.u Jan 2 2014 replied:

They want mappers for multiplayer maps. I'm not a multiplayer mapper, so I wouldn't really be able to contribute, unfortunately. Maybe others on the team might be interested. :)

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MichaelTannock Creator
MichaelTannock Jan 3 2014 replied:

And I know the Black Mesa devs don't like me, so they wouldn't want me back on their team again.

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xsantosis Dec 29 2013 says:

Keep the amazing work, and never give up!

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TheUnbeholden Dec 30 2013 says:

Yes I would like to see Black Mesa 100% complete. Good luck guys!

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whzzhw Jan 3 2014 says:

How to download this resourse?

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Crypt Creator Subscriber
Crypt Jan 4 2014 replied:

It is currently unreleased.

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