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

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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!

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

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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

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

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F6|Zman Dec 18 2012 buried:


This is a Bad Mod, Just like Black Mesa.


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queener Dec 18 2012 replied:

^^This is a bad comment,just like any other troll on the internet.

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MerrickSimms Dec 18 2012 replied:

No seriously, the mod is not so bad but not so good too. It could be good, if the developer had taken his time to create it.

Here, because of using the originals BM's files, and because of the level design, we have the impression that the mod is unfinished.

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Wanabesafa Dec 17 2012 says:

I wonder if Uplink is key to the Half Life games, so everything Half Life 1,2 and the episodes are all just some kind of simulation. That's why it says at the end "require further data".

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Tabajara77 Dec 17 2012 says:

Gratz to the Team! Nice job ! ^^

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saivert Dec 17 2012 says:

hl2.exe crashed when I died during the fire fight after adjusting antenna to USNRC.

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not Dec 18 2012 replied:

It's strange.
I've never had a crash in Uplink during beta-testing.

Can you post your spec?

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szogyenyi Dec 17 2012 says:

The mod is very cool, but there are some problems with the accented character. For example in thr credits, with my name and at the start status texts :( - Is this will be fixes in the future version/s? (These problems showed up in the Hungarian translation)

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MrMazure Dec 17 2012 replied:

Yes. French translation also suffers of this, but for some reason the updated file was not added in the release candidate. I suspect you're going to see a v1.1 fixing some of this stuff in a few days.

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Guest Dec 17 2012 replied:

The French translation is not the official one which will be available in the next BM update.
So this translation is not supported by the BM team... Accent will be corrected with the update of BM.

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MrMazure Dec 17 2012 replied:

We're talking about the lines related to Uplink, not BM.

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MerrickSimms Dec 18 2012 replied:

Yes but the french translation of Uplink (I also wonder why the french translation of Freredarme was not the one who has been kept, if we consider that his version is better than the actual one) has also the entire unoffical french translation of Black Mesa.

And as Uplink using the same files as Black Mesa, for subtitles et translation, it is the same thing here.

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MerrickSimms Dec 18 2012 replied:

Double post bug...

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MrMazure Dec 18 2012 replied:

Dunno what to tell you dude, some stuff went wrong with the Release Candidate obviously. Nothing that can't be fixed though.

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Awesome for a remake of a demo.

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