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80 comments by Hubicorn on Nov 20th, 2013

HAPPY 15TH BIRTHDAY HALF-LIFE! We here at Black Mesa have some big news!

The Big News:
Last year, Black Mesa was one of the first Steam games to be Greenlit by you, our amazing fans. We've had quite a year since then, with a lot happening internally that we haven't been able to talk about... until now. Black Mesa has been given the opportunity to be sold as a retail product on Steam! This is an incredible honor - one we never expected - but also one we found hard to accept.

We never developed Black Mesa with money in mind. Our team is made up of average, hardworking people, and no one joined the team to make money. For us, Black Mesa is purely a labor of love. We believe this philosophy has significantly contributed to the overall quality and feel of the game.

Our decision to sell Black Mesa rests on two key points. One is we believe we can make the game even better by having full access to the Source engine. This lets us tackle and fix limitations instead of working around them. The second is because frankly, our team could really use the financial help.

The Plan:
Soon you'll see Black Mesa available on Steam for a relatively low price. But we aren't dropping all support for the free version. In fact shortly after the Steam release there will be a completely new free version of the game. We also plan to open source our maps and some game assets to the modding community!

Purchasing the Steam version of Black Mesa is more about supporting the team and our efforts than anything else. However, the Steam version will include features that the free version simply can not have. We will be paying careful attention to feedback, and you'll have a very real say in how the final game turns out.

Long-Term Plans and Xen:
We've been overwhelmed by fan anticipation for Xen, and we're excited so many people are eager to conclude the game. To be totally honest however, Xen is still a ways off. Over the past year, we have spent a HUGE amount of time porting the game to a new engine and fixing hundreds of bugs. The work to port to the new engine was not because of the decision to go retail, this was work that had to be done to get Black Mesa onto Steam and support our future plans.

So, please be patient with us as we work to make Xen a stunning and worthy conclusion to Black Mesa. Until Xen is completed, we have multiple interesting additions planned for the Steam version of Black Mesa, which we will announce later on down the road.

The Black Mesa Dev Team

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Black Mesa Animation Revamp Retexture v1.4

Black Mesa Animation Revamp Retexture v1.4

Sep 24, 2013 Models Pack 22 comments

This is a complete retexture for all the ReAnimation models as a community effort. Requires ReAnimation pack.



Sep 24, 2013 Models Pack 8 comments

This is basically what the name implies, a complete revamp for all weapon animations.

HECU Marine Soundpack

HECU Marine Soundpack

Sep 24, 2013 Audio Pack 2 comments

Various sounds are enhanced and certain quieter sounds are made louder for suspense reasons.

Improvements Pack

Improvements Pack

Sep 24, 2013 Skin Pack 8 comments

Now here, is a pack containing a good amount of improvements for this mod, it contains better sounds, effects, skins, npc stats and some better model...

Retro Pack

Retro Pack

Sep 24, 2013 Skin Pack 4 comments

This pack is a compilation of skins about their original design in the good ol' Half-Life.

Black Gargantua & Classic Red Eyed

Black Gargantua & Classic Red Eyed

Sep 24, 2013 Animal Skin 4 comments

Comes with a Black Gargantua, with red eyes and orange flame or the classic red eyes only.

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Gomezer Jan 2 2006, 4:28pm says:

Hey Kal, youve probably been asked this hundreds of times within the last 3 days but.....When are the forums going back up?

just a question :)

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Kalashnikov Jan 2 2006, 4:16pm says:

Co-operative Play is planned for release alongside our SP campaign. DM will come sometime there-after.

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Qwertyz Dec 30 2005, 9:41am says:

Are you going to add multiplayer to this mod? Because if think that would rock with the hl1 weapons and maps in source graphics. (ps, nice mod)

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Seffron Dec 29 2005, 10:20am says:

Is it just me who felt really cheated when they released HL:Source? The promise was there of HL with HL2 graphics, but they just cheated us by only adding the physics. Glad i found out before i bought it - and im glad you guys are gonna put Valve to shame with this Mod - Rock on!

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Pancakes Dec 29 2005, 3:01am says:

But "It" didn't upgrade

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Pancakes Dec 29 2005, 3:01am says:

I have HL1 and HL: Blue SHift....but I didn't upgrade it. I always wondered about whats up with my HL1/HL:BS?

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savagex Dec 29 2005, 2:35am says:

I really hope that the will be re doing alot of texures from hl1

to make it feel alot more like a amzing remake of hl instead of a a bunch of stuff from hl2 throwin around to look like something from hl1

also i think they should re modle the boxs and other objects from Half life 1 instead of using the same explose barrles and other things from hl2.

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syx Dec 28 2005, 5:38pm says:

I love it, but... Sadly it's going to look like Half-Life in terms of graphics by the time it's released.

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wanker Dec 28 2005, 2:22pm says:

hey u guys r doing a truly incredible job on this mod, and i have some suggestions on the weapons for it. I thought it would be cool if you could have an animation for the mp5 or m4 where when u pull them out, gordons hand stretches out the stock then the gun is redy for aiming.
also it would be crazy if the reload anims were sik too, if u take this into consideration, then go to and download some mp5 or m4 or glocks skins and take a look at the anims you might find some helpful insight there. Well keep up th great work im really lookin forward to this mod-peace

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RabidMonkey Dec 29 2005, 3:57am says: some of the levels is largely temporary. We will be utilizing our own content as opposed to temporary Half-Life 2 assets.

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Highest Rated (128 agree) 10/10

This mod is amazing! Feels like i'm playing a Valve's game, not a modification.
Now i understand what people felt like in 1998.

Sep 14 2012, 3:16pm by HunteR4708

Lowest Rated (11 agree) 2/10

At first i made a really nice review to this game mod. But then i advanced further in the game and i got really pissed off... Yeah its pretty and scenic , yeah most of the voice acting is great and the music is fantastic but there is a huge annoying gash that just makes the game shit! AI: WHAT BASICALLY MAKES THE GAME SHIT AI: SHIIIT Soldiers...Im fine with other critters plaing running to eat you but soldiers(well the alien soldiers suck in this department as well). Anyway so where were we? oh…

Sep 17 2012, 8:40pm by Aleksei_Lenin

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