Black Mesa: Uplink is the recreation of the Half-Life demo (HL: Uplink) released by Valve in early 1999 which featured content that was scrapped from the original storyline.

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Recently, the Crowbar Collective released an updated Steam version of Black Mesa, which sparked the public interest in Uplink again. People have asked me for updates, extensions and more in the past and I always felt that I had to get back on the project at some point. Now, 2,5 years later I'm going to just that. New screenshots and project info!

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* blows off the dust*. Is this thing still working? Ah, good to see some of you are still here! Welcome back!

On December 17th 2012 Black Mesa Uplink was released. At that point I had worked on it for 3 months straight just to get it done. Which I still consider really fast, seeing this was a one-man effort. My goal was to get the MOD out to the public so a remake of this 1999 demo was finally a reality. I didn't and couldn't go for the AAA+ quality you expect from commercial games. However, most reactions to the mod were pretty good so the quality problems never really bothered me. It saw loads of features and downloads on popular gaming websites.

Recently, the Crowbar Collective released an updated Steam version of Black Mesa, which sparked the public interest in Uplink again. People have asked me for updates, extensions and more in the past and I always felt that I had to get back on the project at some point. Now, 2,5 years later I'm going to just that.

Black Mesa: Uplink Redux screenshot

Let me talk you through what you see above. First off, I'm adding more detail to the scenery and extending rooms to make them seem like part of the whole complex. Also, the environments will be more dynamic (moving cargo lift, burning gas leak, rotating emergency light). Most important alteration is the lighting. Getting the lighting right in Source is a tricky job but I'm currently digging further into the specifics and hopefully that will pay off in the end.

What else?

Next to the visual updates and going to fix bugs and some areas will be completely redone. I'm also planning on extending the MOD with extra content.

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A question I've received many times is about Steam Workshop. Currently, the Workshop only allows you to upload 100mb at once, which is not enough for BM:Uplink. Next to that, there are some technical difficulties which I still have to sort out. As it seems now, full mods won't be able to release on Workshop easily. If that is fixed later on, I'll surely upload it to the Workshop.

When will this be done?

That's a good question. Back in late 2012 I dedicated a whole lot of my free time to this project but I don't have that luxery anymore, so the development cycle will officially run on Valve Time.

Looking for help!

I'm also looking for other developers who would like to contribute to the project.

  • Voice artists
  • Modellers
  • Texture artist
  • Mappers

If you're interested, send me a private message!

Thanks for reading! If you have encountered bugs or have ideas for the update, make sure to leave them in the comments below!

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.Bach
.Bach

Just a question. Since Black Mesa is a remake and retcons a lot of things, haven't you thought about doing the same with your mod? I mean, fitting the mod into the Black Mesa canon isn't a bad idea in my opinion. The only thing you'd need to change the name of the "Subject" at the beginning.

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Hezus Author
Hezus

I've cooked up something for that :) Just wait and see!

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.Bach
.Bach

Cool!

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MerrickSimms
MerrickSimms

I think you should add the mod in the original game just like Ross Scott add it in Freeman's Mind.

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TheRenegadist
TheRenegadist

I can work as a voice actor if you need one, PM me if you are interested.

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Dune_Jumper
Dune_Jumper

Cool! Wasn't expecting this.

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Mr.Lee
Mr.Lee

Horaay for this! Nice work Hezus.

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride

Sweet

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xsantosis
xsantosis

Keep up the great work!

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xcv2008
xcv2008

Brilliant! Will it be compatible with the Steam version of Black Mesa? IF so, I have yet ANOTHER reason to get it! In any case, I would be interested in seeing it blend into the actual game/mod (is it still considered mod?).

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Terrum
Terrum

It'll be great to see this working again! Especially with the Steam release of Black Mesa. Good luck with it! Tracking!

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STEM1
STEM1

Good news. The 100mb file limit has been removed in the recent update. Now that's one of your problems solved :).

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lowenz
lowenz

Up!

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