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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 23 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 7 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

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Black Mesa Torrent

Black Mesa Torrent

Sep 15, 2012 Full Version 54 comments

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Black Mesa Part

Black Mesa Part

Sep 14, 2012 Full Version 91 comments

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Black Mesa Part

Black Mesa Part

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JFreakXD Dec 28 2013, 4:48pm says:

I was just wondering, what will the free version be like? Will it be like a type of demo, or something with less features (like multiplayer[if you add it, that is])?

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reaxion Dec 16 2013, 2:38am says:

Thoroughly enjoyed the game when it came out. It really isn't fair to call this a mod after playing it through, as that'd be the same as calling Half-Life 1 a Quake mod to me.

I will take great pleasure in purchasing this game for myself and friends, and I am looking forward to playing it through several times as new features and stuff are added.

You guys rock, and you deserve to make some money from this game for all the amazing effort you've put in.

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TheOneMuffin Dec 17 2013, 5:02pm buried:


I would like to keep it as a mod though.

Take a few looks at the forums for Half-Life 2 on steam.
People who have never played Half-Life 1 are calling Half-Life 2 a Black Mesa sequel.

I feel that if we remove that tiny barrier, then Half-Life is erased from existence.

I also feel like no one will play Half-Life 1 anymore when this releases. Only the hardcore people will sadly.

Maybe they should put a discount out for owners of the original.

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FritzOfTheSS Dec 28 2013, 3:34am replied:

No, it should be a game. And yes, now HL2 WILL be a Black Mesa sequel. HL2 is the sequel to HL1. HL1 is remade as Black Mesa. As default, HL1 = Black Mesa now. So, HL2 is the sequel to Black Mesa.

Problem, mein freund?

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reptiledude Dec 27 2013, 8:09am replied:

"People who have never played Half-Life 1 are calling Half-Life 2 a Black Mesa sequel."

Stupid people will say stupid things like that anyway because they're stupid people.

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dinnerblaster1 Dec 17 2013, 3:23am replied:

Yet. The full steam version will be.

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austinzolo Dec 15 2013, 1:57am says:

You guys made an amazing mod with custom sounds, textures, models, ect., use Source's abilities in ways VALVe didn't in HL2, and remade the greatest game of the 90's. All for free. VALVe should give medals for this kind of thing.

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Sudantex Dec 10 2013, 11:21am says:

...After 15 long years, old sensations (once played Half Life...) returned in a whole new level. The best HL mod ever made! Awesome work! and of course, voted.

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Guest Dec 6 2013, 10:03pm says:

My Congratulations For You Black Mesa, The Best Mod.

Im voting for black mesa.

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This mod is amazing! Feels like i'm playing a Valve's game, not a modification.
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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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