Story

In the depths of the Black Mesa Research Facility, a rumbling noise. It was not loud, yet seemed louder than mere decibels would suggest in the furtive, creaking hush of the facility's underbelly.

There are those who, when the time comes, take control of their own destinies. The right people in the wrong place.

Maurice Andrews was thrown from his feet by the chaos that followed the Resonance Cascade, tearing and deforming the once familiar facility around his unconscious form. Even at this, Andrews, a low-level engineer could not possibly know the full extent of the incident and upon waking he has only one clear objective: Get to the surface.

Even with the support of other survivors met along the way, however, nothing could prepare him for the adventure ahead, the heavy handed presence of the military of the creatures whose existence they were sent to cover up...

Gameplay

The Core is a classic retelling of the events surrounding the Resonance Cascade disaster from a new perspective; that of Engineer Maurice Andrews. Without using bolted-on engine modifications, The Core will provide a grand single-player experience featuring intense action, complex puzzles and believable narrative through all-new locations in Black Mesa with remarkable visual fidelity, pacing and humour.

Requirements

Any PC capable of running the original Half-Life game will be able to run The Core, however due to the increased resolution for the textures as well as the ambitious scale of some of the areas, slight framerate drops may be noticeable on older or budget systems. We employ advanced optimisation techniques to minimise this, and most players will not exprience any framerate loss.

The Developers

Almost entirely created by just two people, The Core is the endeavour of Andrew Morris & James Archibald, with coding from TWHL's Penguinboy - developer of the Sledge Editor Hammer alternative. They try to be friendly and approachable and will answer any questions or comments left on articles or media. On ModDB, their usernames are Urby & Archie_SnC.

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Spring 2020 Update

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Happy New Year to you all! Yes, this is our first official update in the year of 2020. We've been working all out on The Core in order to get it ready for another wave of internal testing, aiming for a final public release as we move into the final quarter of 2020.

However, as you might imagine, there has been some additional strain on the development due to recent global events. In light of this, we have come to the point where we deemed it necessary to adjust our target release date from September 30th, 2020 and push things back by six months. We are now aiming for March 31st, 2021.

The Core Spring Update 2020

Back in September 2018, we set the release date for a year later, confident that we could achieve this goal. However, it goes without saying that the start of 2020 has been quite eventful. Both Archie and I have had to make significant changes to our schedules with regards to working from home and, in my case, home schooling my children once the work day is over. It's had a significant impact on our free time.

Having said that, I have adopted a more open approach to the level design process during this final stretch, actively streaming the development of sections that were not received as well as others during our internal testing period. If this is something you would like to catch a glimpse of, I can be found over on Twitch under the channel name Urbanebula

More updates to come soon. All the best and stay safe.

Urby

Summer 2019 Update

Summer 2019 Update

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So, the last time I posted a news article we were preparing files for a pre-alpha play test with a handful of people. That was four months ago. How'd...

Baby Steps into Major Events

Baby Steps into Major Events

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Things have once again gotten quiet on the ModDB front regarding our little project. Things are happening away from The Core that are taking up our time...

The Cutting Room - Part 1

The Cutting Room - Part 1

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One thing that I simply cannot deny with regards to The Core's development is that it has been chock full of mistakes. Game mechanics have been pitched...

The State of The Core - 2018

The State of The Core - 2018

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So we've not really had a lot to say over the last twelve months, but here is the latest regarding The Core and it's development.

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nerdenfromsweden
nerdenfromsweden

better u guys/girls take your time to make something amazin then rush it out and it aint what you wanted to give us in the community :)

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PsyWarVeteran
PsyWarVeteran

Did that date just updated to 2021?

Damn...

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UrbaNebula Creator
UrbaNebula

I'm afraid so. There's an article pending regarding that.

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Uberwire
Uberwire

Ahh, good to be back part of the modding crew. Tracking right away! :D

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MrGnang
MrGnang

Caramel or chocolate core?

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UrbaNebula Creator
UrbaNebula

Caramel, naturally.

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Rhz324
Rhz324

Hello there, been tracking this one since.. I dunno when Black Mesa was mod I think? Around 2012-13, it was the time I was just simply newbie in HL stuff and still being a guest in ModDB.

I just wanna say congratulations for your efforts, it really inspires me a lot, now I've been more accustomed to HL mapping, even now it's part of my hobby to spend free time :)

Anyway, Im looking forward to play this. Stay safe.

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Hicks233
Hicks233

Really beautiful map design. Looking forward to playing.

Stay safe and take care.

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UrbaNebula Creator
UrbaNebula

Thank you very much. :)

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UrbaNebula Creator
UrbaNebula

Hey! You there. In the comments section. Yes, you! Did you know you can watch the core be developed on occasion? Because you can. Follow this link and you might catch a mapping stream and a chance to chat with me! (should you want that for some reason...): Twitch.tv

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