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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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Valekor May 3 2005, 2:32pm says:

Looking forward to seeing its release.
I wonder if Sven will ever created a co-op mod for this mod, I doubt it'll be done.
But seeing as this would be a 'remade' version of Half-Life it'd be nice to also play it cooperative with some friends on a local lan party.

But thats just me thinking way ahead of .. others :-)

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Vecha Apr 30 2005, 6:09pm says:

Half life is over 5 years old...and there are still mods being made on its engine..i dont think there will be any difference with HL2...and i am sure VALVe will be updating it as well as time goes on

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Mith Apr 27 2005, 3:57pm says:

And the team can't use any engine than the source, or valve will hunt them down, and since valve have no plans of releasing a new engine within the next 2 years, they have to make it on the source engine if this is gonna happen!

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orcone Apr 26 2005, 3:16am says:

HL2 isn't old! HL1 is, and that's the problem :P

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CC_generals Apr 26 2005, 2:27am says:

dont wanne be rude but in a year or 2 hl2 is old :P

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Vecha Apr 22 2005, 6:05pm says:

Mod coming along great...cant wait till it is released...even if i have to wait a year or two..heh

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KiGrind Apr 21 2005, 6:24pm says:

Yes death, its a kick *** idea.

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 can't wait for this release. Hopefully they do a shitload of internal beta testing so the final product is flawless or close.

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outlive Apr 20 2005, 1:45pm says:

i really would like to work as as texture artist for you, but i'm kneedeep into another project...

hope you find a skilled one

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deathz0rz Apr 20 2005, 10:23am says:

nice mod, although i think "Enhanced storyline & plot to tie events of Half-Life 1 & Half-Life 2 closer together." isnt a good idea.

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Mr.COWmaster Apr 18 2005, 7:35pm says:

I can't wait to play it. I'm especially looking foward to the bullsquid model. Its my favorite enemy. I also hope you find the texture artists your looking for.

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Highest Rated (127 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…

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