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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.

Thanks,
The Black Mesa Dev Team

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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 65 comments

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

Black Mesa Part 2.zip

Black Mesa Part 2.zip

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 blackmesa.zip.001 for part one and blackmesa.zip.002...

Black Mesa Part 1.zip

Black Mesa Part 1.zip

Sep 14, 2012 Full Version 160 comments

Part 1 of 2. Instructions: Once part 1 and 2 have been downloaded rename the files to include this format blackmesa.zip.001 for part one and blackmesa.zip.002...

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Spartan191
Spartan191 Mar 6 2014, 9:32pm says:

To those of you wondering when Xen will arrive. This hasn't been proven and is just a theory of mine. If you did not know, the black mesa team has been working with Valve. They are going to release the full game on steam for a price when well we don't that yet. So here's my theory. I don't think they're working with the original Black Mesa anymore. I think they're redoing the entire game and Xen on Source 2. Just a theory, but hell it'd be cool if I'm right.

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HairyHog77
HairyHog77 Mar 10 2014, 5:10pm replied:

Spartan191 they are just porting it source sdk 2013..

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alpha#
alpha# Mar 21 2014, 12:44am replied:

They're using the a fully licensed version of the Source Engine not the SDK version.

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hulk0
hulk0 Mar 20 2014, 4:45pm replied:

No. they explicitly said a NEW engine, not a new version of the engine which is already being used.

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wmf776759
wmf776759 Mar 7 2014, 4:38am replied:

Interesting theory.

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austinzolo
austinzolo Mar 7 2014, 7:18pm replied:

What happened to Operation Lambda?

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xsantosis
xsantosis Mar 10 2014, 1:22pm replied:

THAT MOD IS MORE DEAD THAN YOURS GREAT-GRANDPARENTS.

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boredgunner
boredgunner Mar 16 2014, 8:42pm replied:

lol

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austinzolo
austinzolo Mar 16 2014, 1:51am replied:

Sadly they are very dead. Sucks that mod had potential!

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HairyHog77
HairyHog77 Mar 25 2014, 11:57am replied:

What?

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