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78 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 26 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

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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 65 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 98 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

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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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Nigther Jun 5 2005, 4:38am says:

Really nice job here, though one thing could be fixed to the better. The Health and H.I.V. power up stations should not be the same as in Half-Life 2. Cuz those are the ones combine use and you should make some new models of the Black Mesa ones instead. Hope you'll change it, because it seems a little more cheap useing combine.

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lhavelund Jun 4 2005, 11:25am says:

Don't you mean "Polies"? Anyway it looks really good, +modwatch :D

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Stickmaster May 30 2005, 1:02pm says:

How many triangles are the Garg, the spas, the m4, and the grunt?

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Kalashnikov May 29 2005, 3:46pm says:

This isn't JUST a free version of HL: Source, this is way Black Mesa was meant to be on the Source engine. The community has taken it upon themselves to remake the game Valve did not and to produce it at a level of quality that we can be proud of while allowing the community to enjoy it. There will be many new things added into Black Mesa: Source, such as the features that were implemented into Source by Valve. Other new things will include new areas, new locations and new scripted sequences.

We thank you for being patient :D

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::idiot:: May 29 2005, 1:43pm says:

so this is just a free version of HL: source?

is there going to be anything new, or is it just going to be better?

i'm still waiting for it though.

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KiGrind May 23 2005, 5:35pm says:

I wish this was closer to being done. But I know the longer it takes, and the more time they have... the better it will be! (Shooting for end of summer release maybe?)

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thesillycheez May 23 2005, 5:33pm says:

I hope this mod kicks huge mod ***.

I saw the unskinned M4 model. YAY! I prefer the M4 over the MP5.

The M4 reflects the Half-Life before Steam, when Half-Life was in its prime. Back before Halo. Back when shooters weren't crappy clones of well...Half-Life. Back when millions who played it still deemed it worthy of the title, "Greatest Game Ever Made."

That's the universe I play in.
That's the universe I want to live in.

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Qwertyz May 23 2005, 11:06am says:

Cant wait for the mod, this and sven are on my wish list.

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the_refridginator Apr 23 2006, 1:17am says:

terminal, it says clearly on the right side of the page that it hasnt been updated for one month, not four.

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Kalashnikov May 20 2005, 10:04pm says:

Run! Hide! Take-Cover!

We are STILL seeking texture artists and talented MODEL COMPILERS.

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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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