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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* blows off the dust*. Is this thing still working? Ah, good to see some of you are still here! Welcome back!

On December 17th 2012 Black Mesa Uplink was released. At that point I had worked on it for 3 months straight just to get it done. Which I still consider really fast, seeing this was a one-man effort. My goal was to get the MOD out to the public so a remake of this 1999 demo was finally a reality. I didn't and couldn't go for the AAA+ quality you expect from commercial games. However, most reactions to the mod were pretty good so the quality problems never really bothered me. It saw loads of features and downloads on popular gaming websites.

Recently, the Crowbar Collective released an updated Steam version of Black Mesa, which sparked the public interest in Uplink again. People have asked me for updates, extensions and more in the past and I always felt that I had to get back on the project at some point. Now, 2,5 years later I'm going to just that.

Black Mesa: Uplink Redux screenshot

Let me talk you through what you see above. First off, I'm adding more detail to the scenery and extending rooms to make them seem like part of the whole complex. Also, the environments will be more dynamic (moving cargo lift, burning gas leak, rotating emergency light). Most important alteration is the lighting. Getting the lighting right in Source is a tricky job but I'm currently digging further into the specifics and hopefully that will pay off in the end.

What else?

Next to the visual updates and going to fix bugs and some areas will be completely redone. I'm also planning on extending the MOD with extra content.


A question I've received many times is about Steam Workshop. Currently, the Workshop only allows you to upload 100mb at once, which is not enough for BM:Uplink. Next to that, there are some technical difficulties which I still have to sort out. As it seems now, full mods won't be able to release on Workshop easily. If that is fixed later on, I'll surely upload it to the Workshop.

When will this be done?

That's a good question. Back in late 2012 I dedicated a whole lot of my free time to this project but I don't have that luxery anymore, so the development cycle will officially run on Valve Time.

Looking for help!

I'm also looking for other developers who would like to contribute to the project.

  • Voice artists
  • Modellers
  • Texture artist
  • Mappers

If you're interested, send me a private message!

Thanks for reading! If you have encountered bugs or have ideas for the update, make sure to leave them in the comments below!

Black Mesa: Uplink Charity Event Result

Black Mesa: Uplink Charity Event Result

2 years ago News 2 comments

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

2 years ago News 7 comments

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!

2 years ago News 23 comments

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

Black Mesa: Uplink Media Update #5

Black Mesa: Uplink Media Update #5

2 years ago News 4 comments

In this update, a quick look at the current development status, the localisation options and new released media.

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Black Mesa: Uplink v. 1.0 - ZIP version

Black Mesa: Uplink v. 1.0 - ZIP version

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The release version of Black Mesa: Uplink (version 1.0) - ZIP archived version.

Black Mesa: Uplink v. 1.0 - Installer version

Black Mesa: Uplink v. 1.0 - Installer version

2 years ago Full Version 23 comments

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

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alghifari Dec 1 2012 says:

when this game Release ?

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Hezus Dec 2 2012 replied:

December 18, 2012 :)

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antdude Dec 8 2012 replied:

I thought it was the 17th?

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Cybertrance Dec 1 2012 says:

Two Words...


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Uber_eXe Nov 30 2012 says:


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Lux│Smash Dec 1 2012 replied:

lol? TRACKING IT sounds better

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helgi_p Nov 29 2012 says:

lol i am holding my june 2003 CDgamer demo disk whith HL1 uplink :D
can't wait for this mod

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Guest Nov 29 2012 says:

lol i am holding my june 2003 CDgamer demo disk whith HL1 uplink :D
can't wait for this mod

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Mr.Marooned Nov 29 2012 says:

Instead of being called Gordan, you should...Jordan.Get it

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Steviewonder322 Nov 27 2012 says:

Too bad you can't actually post it as a mod for a mod...

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not Nov 27 2012 says:

I really like these new pics!

Have you alredy scripted the rocket that pass through the container?

I've sent you a pm regarding the aplication as Italian translator, when time will come you can count on me!

I was thinking that should be a good idea to use the current translations of Black Mesa as a reference.
In this way, This part of your work won't stand out and will link seamlessly with BM.

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Riker7 Nov 22 2012 says:

Nice man! Great atitude, but i disagree, if the uplink source introduced in blackmesa source, its not a bad idea at all.(just my opinion) Even it developing separate, i will enjoy whatever been done.

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Awesome for a remake of a demo.

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