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81 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 25 comments

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



Sep 24, 2013 Models Pack 9 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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::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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bluesman May 18 2005, 10:13am says:

Yo if you need help with music, i can make some cool tunes for ya on the guitar.

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TheMorris May 17 2005, 1:52am says:

Please make this into reality as fast as possible, I cannot wait for this, and please make it free, and when you do release it i hope you guys get recognized as a powerful force in the gaming world

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DeliOne May 9 2005, 10:31am says:

This actually seem to be the best mod ever created.. I really hope the creators fullfill this mod and that they keep doing the sam AWESOME work as theyve done so far.. I love u guys.. Kiss och bajs -I Go To Ravenholm

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syx May 6 2005, 12:22am says:

"If they didnt change the story and enchance it, the mod would just be a port with new stuff, which wouldn't even make it worth downloading."

I would definately download it if that's all it was.

Anyways, keep up the good work

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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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