Black Mesa: Uplink is the recreation of the Half-Life demo (HL: Uplink) released by Valve in early 1999. The demo featured content that was scrapped from the original storyline. Some might consider it canon with the story, others don't. What matters though, is that many people enjoyed this short episode and that's the reason why I created Uplink for Black Mesa, the long awaited Half-Life remake for the Source Engine.

To play Black Mesa: Uplink, you will need the Source SDK Base 2007 (free) and a copy of the Black Mesa (also free!).

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I recall myself mentioning that the Uplink Redux project would officially run on Valve Time, but that it would actually take this long to get back to you, was beyond my imagination. Word of advice to you developers out there: do not buy a house in need of renovation. That's where most of my free time in 2016 went. Luckily, I'm a happy house owner by now and hopefully that means I get more time to work on this project.

Project development news

I've managed to work on all areas up to the hangar where you first meet the grunts. In this Redux version, I'm trying to improve various aspects of the game, of which the lighting is a large part.

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As you can see in the screenshot above, I'm swapping most lights with a softer variant, which makes the game easier on the eyes and constrasts less harsh. I'm also trying to use advanced lighting effects which you can see on the left. This shadow is being casts from the light behind grate in the celing. More of these nifty effects will be present in future updates.

Secondly, I'm trying to improve the geometry to better suit the gameplay, to look more impressive but also to acommendate new story elements.

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This screenshot shows the area leading to the warehouse. I was never really happy with the transition between the facility and the storage yard outside. This new area (there's a staircase leading down from here) is a bridge between those two environment and extends the gameplay a bit as well. Storywise, this is the place where the Black Mesa Security managed to hold off the marines for a while. The guard in security checkpoint (also more clearly a landmark now) behind you will shed some more light on recent events.

What else?

The Steam Workshop has increased its upload limit, so larger projects can be featured there now. However, it still has problems with certain files that are important for making the game work properly. There is an unofficial version of the 2012 release of Uplink on there, but that one requires a few manual steps to work around these problems. I'm still hoping for a better solution from the Black Mesa development team.

When will we hear more?

Hopefully it won't take another year to bring you another update on the project, but the Valve Time development cycle is still active. Next time, I hope to show you new screenshots from the storage yard and the transmitter dome that I'm currently redesiging completely! Until then!

Black Mesa: Uplink Redux

Black Mesa: Uplink Redux

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Recently, the Crowbar Collective released an updated Steam version of Black Mesa, which sparked the public interest in Uplink again. People have asked...

Black Mesa: Uplink Charity Event Result

Black Mesa: Uplink Charity Event Result

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Tomorrow is the last day of the 3FM Serious Request Event! Your donations have been added to the pool!

Black Mesa: Uplink Day After

Black Mesa: Uplink Day After

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Yesterday Black Mesa: Uplink was released. Today a look at the aftermath and what you might have missed!

Black Mesa: Uplink Released!

Black Mesa: Uplink Released!

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After nearly three months of work, Black Mesa: Uplink is finally done and released!

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Black Mesa: Uplink v. 1.0 - Installer version

Black Mesa: Uplink v. 1.0 - Installer version

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The release version of Black Mesa: Uplink (version 1.0) - Installer EXE version.

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raziel_zv
raziel_zv

Very nice improvements! :)

question - do you plan to add final maps from "Uplink Extended" as well?

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MR.SUPERIOR
MR.SUPERIOR

any news ?

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.Bach
.Bach

Great progress in the last update!

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Urby
Urby

Still very much looking forward to this. Nice update. Hope to see more soon. :D

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ubilada
ubilada

What is with the code (XIFSF JT DPEF E?), the portrait of "Dr. C. Horn" and "The Pizza is a lie"?

Easter eggs?

Great mod by the way! Thanks!

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Hezus Creator
Hezus

Those are references to the easter eggs in the original Black Mesa. They don't really refer to anything in Uplink.

However, there is a big easter egg in Uplink :) You can find it right at the start of the game but you can only get there later on.

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Mirellanmal
Mirellanmal

Does it work for the Steam version of Black Mesa?

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BshiftCalhoun
BshiftCalhoun

Yes, but the maps will have missing textures

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By_X_RaY
By_X_RaY

Version 2 will be relase?

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