Initially developed and released by Gearbox Software in 2001, second Half-Life add-on, Half-Life: Blue Shift is a return to the Black Mesa Research Facility and another look at the Incident's consequences from the eyes of Gordon Freeman's best friend - Barney Calhoun. In 2012, Crowbar Collective has delighted Half-Life fans with release of the magnificent Half-Life remake, but there are still no released remakes for add-ons. This is when we are coming in - HECU Collective are developing the Black Mesa: Blue Shift - a free remake with use of Black Mesa resources and style. We will try to stay as close to the original Blue Shift and Black Mesa as possible. Our mod will be releasing partially, chapter by chapter, so those who are not patient for the full release will finally have something to play!

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We, HECU Collective, want to make an announcement.

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Greetings, dear friends. It's been 3 years since we started developing Azure Sheep remake - our first big project. We improved our skills, learned to implement new mechanics and just gave freedom to our imagination. This path was not easy, we were making mistakes and overcoming problems, now we are ready for even more bigger things that move us forward.

Today, on this ordinary winter day, HECU Collective is pleased to publicly announce a new project called Black Mesa: Blue Shift!

Black Mesa: Blue Shift Logo by Stavaas

Our choice may seem predictable to you - our team has been developing a mod about a security guard for 3 years. When we were informed that the Black Mesa: Insecurity was discontinued, we decided to start the development of a parallel project. At that moment, one part of our team was making a patch for Azure Sheep, and another part began to work on BM: Blue Shift.

Therefore, we want to announce that soon there will be the release of the demo, which will include a tram ride. You will see by yourself our take on the Blue Shift remake, with all features of Black Mesa. Evaluate our capabilities and tell us: do you want us to continue the work on this mod?

Right now, we've decided on a plan of further development. We want to release chapters one after another right after we finish them, so you could play them right away. It's important for us to test and implement new mechanics, location designs and let you know what you will experience in the future. This project is something we would like to create for the community. We understand that it's difficult to wait for the release of such projects for years, therefore, we want to share some progress with you. We hope you'll like it!

Living Quarters Outbound

Living Quarters Outbound

Living Quarters Outbound

Living Quarters Outbound

Living Quarters Outbound


We know that the voice acting in our previous mod was awful, so we've got help from the community - UnstoppableGiant will be the voice of Otis! You can listen to him in his SoundCloud!



And, for the last, here is the soundtrack for BM: Blue Shift, made by our composer - Daver (Aslan Akhmetov).



We have our Discord server now!

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Here is the link to our VK page:

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We have few places where you can donate us:

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Your support really matters to us.



HECU Collective

Comments
By_X_RaY
By_X_RaY

Finally! someone had to do this mod, and you guys are best team who can do it. Wishing luck!

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sebi5
sebi5

finally

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Olonel
Olonel

So we have conflict between Guard Duty and BM: Blue Shift?

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SpookyTheCuteGhost
SpookyTheCuteGhost

No conflict! Remember, we're in a community so anyone can make what they feel like making!

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RimaS_HECU Creator
RimaS_HECU

No conflict! Everyone is friendly :)

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THRRRPT
THRRRPT

Guard Duty is using Operation: Black Mesa's models and gameplay instead of Black Mesa's.

I can see room for both.

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CYrid
CYrid

Guard Duty is made by the same team whos making O:BM.

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Argoon
Argoon

Nice knowing that blue shift is getting a black mesa make over and the screens do look fantastic but this page color hurts my eyes, literally.

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SamuraiMarciano
SamuraiMarciano

(buried)

No, thanks. Only Tripmine's Guard Duty is enough. I expected Black Mesa: Point Of View...

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LeoJFC
LeoJFC

Who knows, maybe in the not too distant future, they will surprise us with something we don't know we want.

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wmf776759
wmf776759

Good luck!

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23-down
23-down

Glad to see that you guys managed to grab the maps of Insecurity. It would've been a shame to let the maps go to waste by that other mod team. The improvements being made to it either by them or by you are amazing. Good job and I can hardly wait for it to play it.

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Stavaas-BM Author
Stavaas-BM

Actually, all content from Insecurity was gone, so every map you have seen was made from scratch.

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23-down
23-down

Stavaas-BM Now that sounds wonderful, good job. Still did you reconstruct your maps upon their map designs?
'Cause they appear almost identical brush and model wise except that your version is far more advanced and polished. The Stairs, Tables and general brushwork look very much alike. Even the 5 monitors and many identical light spot positions are the same and present there. This can't be a coincidence. :)
Yours: Media.moddb.com
Theirs: Media.moddb.com

Either way as said before. This is amazing news.

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Stavaas-BM Author
Stavaas-BM

Yep, we were inspired by some Insecurity maps, but they were lacking details, so we've gone further.
If there are some good ideas in this mod, why leave them?

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23-down
23-down

Stavaas-BM Absolutely and I agree. :)

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flippedoutkyrii
flippedoutkyrii

Damn, you guys are modding machines!
Was hoping you could go back to spruce up your older projects as the Definitive Edition broke their functionality but this is just as good!

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Guest
Guest

Will you guys eventually be doing an Opposing Force remake or is there a team already at work on that?

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LeoJFC
LeoJFC

Who knows, only time will tell.

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Dune_Jumper
Dune_Jumper

Good

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Guest
Guest

Yes please!

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ElephantsDoingCrack
ElephantsDoingCrack

Frankly, AMAZING!

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Guest
Guest

this looks amazing so far!!!! can't wait to play it, if/when it gets there!!!

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alialatrach
alialatrach

Never thought that one coming, then again, non of us did. I can see why you went with remaking Blue Shift, this will be cool and I'll be in the wait to see this and "Guard Duty". Two Different projects, one game, let the fun begin!

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MafiaGreed
MafiaGreed

I'll love to see this come out. I actually like Blue Shift.

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neophus
neophus

So nice ! but why are you working on Blue shift and not Opposing Forces ?

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alialatrach
alialatrach

I think it is obvious, they've already had assets and entities that were made for Azure Sheep Remake, so starting Blue Shift will be easier, especially that making Opposing Force is not an easy task since it requires lots and lots of new codes to write. We do have another talented team remaking opposing force alongside blue shift.

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neophus
neophus

It's true thanks

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WanderingVA
WanderingVA

Will more voice acting be needed?

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Faber- Creator
Faber-

Sure - add me to discord Faber#7058

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JjForcebreaker
JjForcebreaker

Good luck, team!

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vanovich
vanovich

Рад тому, что вы взялись за ремейк Blue Shift. Уверен, у вас процесс разработки и выпуска пойдет быстрее - вы же опытные, как-никак. Единственное, чего хотелось бы избежать - это всяческой отсебятины, не вписывающейся в каноны, типа быстрых хэдкрабов в Черной Мезе и летающих Гаргантюа. А так, желаю вам успехов!

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Stavaas-BM Author
Stavaas-BM

Подобного тут не будет. Разве что маленькие скриптовые сценки, возможно, если будут вписываться.

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PILLBOX-TEAM
PILLBOX-TEAM

COOOLL!

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Pauolo
Pauolo

I'm glad to see someone is taking over after Insecurity got discontinued. Your maps of the first chapter look good. I can't wait to see your take on the train yard. :)

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iphellix2
iphellix2

Is there a approximate release date for the demo ?

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BlackPriest_HECU Creator
BlackPriest_HECU

The best expression would be: Soon)

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