Black Mesa gets a release date, minus Xen section

Monday, 3rd September 2012 01:57 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Black Mesa, a fan conversion of Half-Life using the Source engine’s bells and whistles, will be all yours in as little as two weeks. And it only took eight years.

The Black Mesa website updated over the weekend with a countdown timer indicating September 14.

Confirming the date as the re-make’s launch, a forum post said the team decided to release as much of the project as is complete right now rather than make fans wait any longer.

The content releasing on September 14 will take players right up to Lambda Core level, but not beyond and into Xen. That’s about eight hours worth of play already, and the Xen segment is apparently taking a little longer because it’s being expanded.

Black Mesa was announced in late 2004, but that it’s approaching release at all is pretty special; it’s made entirely by a shifting team of fans in their free time, and has gone through several engine changes as Valve updated its Source tech. Plus, unlike Valve’s own Half-life: Source, it’s an actual remake, not a port – with all new models, maps, textures, voice acting and soundtrack.

On that last note, you can grab the project’s soundtrack on a pay-what-you-want scheme here.

Black Mesa doesn’t require a copy of Half-life, but you will need to have a Source engine game installed. Since everyone on Steam seems to have Portal 2 by now, you’re probably set.



  1. Lounds


    #1 2 years ago
  2. Maximum Payne

    Finally! Now they can show up some footage :D

    #2 2 years ago
  3. roadkill

    Hmm, I never managed to finish Half-Life 1. Maybe I will now. This is just a graphics and sound overhaul, right? They didn’t make any change to story and the level design, right?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Maximum Payne

    @3 Well they add HL2 physics and coop was also in plan.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. roadkill

    @4 Oh I’m OK with physics. Thanks!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DSB

    @3 I think they changed a few things. It’s going to follow the original, but they built it from the ground up, and they have hinted that they’ve improved on a few things.

    @4 Isn’t it going to be HL2+? I think I remember reading an interview where they said they wanted to incorporate as many of the engine improvements since then.

    #6 2 years ago

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