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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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On a Rail Uncut - Full Beta

On a Rail Uncut - Full Beta

Aug 25, 2013 Demo 27 comments

This release contains the full beta version of On a Rail Uncut, comprising the maps A1, A2, B1, and B2. These maps integrate seamlessly with Black Mesa...

Surface Tension Uncut v2.0 - ZIP Version

Surface Tension Uncut v2.0 - ZIP Version

Jun 26, 2013 Full Version 6 comments

This is the ZIP version of the new and improved Surface Tension Uncut 2.0! This version sees significant improvement from the previous release (v1.11...

Surface Tension Uncut v2.0 - Installer Version

Surface Tension Uncut v2.0 - Installer Version

Jun 26, 2013 Full Version 9 comments

This is the installer version of the new and improved Surface Tension Uncut 2.0! This version sees significant improvement from the previous release (v1.11...

Black Mesa Torrent

Black Mesa Torrent

Sep 15, 2012 Full Version 69 comments

This is simply the official torrent to download Black Mesa. Be kind and seed once you have finished.

Black Mesa Part

Black Mesa Part

Sep 14, 2012 Full Version 100 comments

Part 2 of 2. Instructions: Once part 1 and 2 have been downloaded rename the files to include this format for part one and

Black Mesa Part

Black Mesa Part

Sep 14, 2012 Full Version 164 comments

Part 1 of 2. Instructions: Once part 1 and 2 have been downloaded rename the files to include this format for part one and

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RabidMonkey Dec 23 2005, 12:15am says:

savagex: I think you'll be pleased with what we've just posted =>

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C_Skoth Dec 23 2005, 12:12am says:

Just wanted to say looks great and I'm glad you guys are always updating. Shows you actually care.

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savagex Dec 22 2005, 5:06pm says:

I thought you said on the 21st after your radio show that there would be a big media update? I read that on your moddb page and on your home page. Whens the update coming? cause i waited up for the update that never came.

Will there be a video?

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Kalashnikov Dec 22 2005, 10:42am says:

We will be making avaliable a download and transcript of the interview.

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PredatorAncient Dec 22 2005, 2:32am says:

is there a recording of the gamesurge interview i can dl?, i think i missed it on acount ofmy pc fvking up

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henriksultan Dec 21 2005, 1:16am says:

You have my vote!
The one and only vote :)

Cant wait for the mod, looks awsome!

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DeadlyContagion Dec 24 2005, 12:21pm says:

Dunno bout anyone else, but Im having the feeling that it will be kind of surreal to be actualy playing this mod, keep up the good work, looks mind-bogglingly incredible.

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Schwarttzy Jan 9 2006, 2:05am says:

I Like your mod that your making and was hoping one of your gun modelers could help me with my own gun model, I have been using XSI and love it I have my own gun model and all but thats it, I don't understand how to animate it and eventually get it in to a game, Also I have this problem with XSI where I can't properly import smd's all I get it a couple of xyz graph like think on my screen, so if you could help me in any direction I would be greatly indept

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the_refridginator Oct 17 2007, 10:07pm says:

Wow i was lucky to scroll back to the second page of comments and find this sassy, judgemental post that completely disrespects and taunts me to tell you how things truly are. But since it looks like you sit in your wallow of closed-minded judgements i won't convince you otherwise. You'll grow out of it hopefully and learn to be more accurate, do what you do right, or stfu.

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Kalashnikov Jan 7 2006, 7:00pm says: for us! Right on top of this page is a 'VOTE FOR THIS MOD NOW'. If you like what you see, give us a vote!

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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.

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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…

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