Black Mesa sputters into life with new screens

After eight years of development and several years of silence, it seems Black Mesa may be coming. No, seriously this time. The fans remaking Valve's Half-Life as a Source Engine mod have shared new screenshots, teasing that there's more news to come.

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After eight years of development and several years of silence, it seems Black Mesa may be coming. No, seriously this time. The fans remaking Valve's Half-Life as a Source Engine mod have shared new screenshots, teasing that there's more news to come. At some point. Hopefully. The eight screenshots came after a campaign to drum up attention with 'Likes' on that social networking thing Facebook. I don't know, kids these days! Back in my time, you'd simply send your mod news to sCary's ShugaShack. "You can expect more updates from us in the near future," the dev team said. "This is just the beginning. We have more in store for you in the near future! Hold on to your lab coats!" But why has Black Mesa taken so long? Well, it turns out there are a fair few hurdles to overcome when a volunteer team attempts to "reimagine" one of the most-acclaimed games of all time with professional quality. Project lead Carlos Montero explained it all in a recent two-part interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, which is well worth a read if you're interested.

Maybe Black Mesa? That was a joke. Ha ha. Fat chance.

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    June 11, 2012 6:45 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Black Mesa sputters into life with new screens.

    After eight years of development and several years of silence, it seems Black Mesa may be coming. No, seriously this time. The fans remaking Valve's Half-Life as a Source Engine mod have shared new screenshots, teasing that there's more news to come.

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      June 11, 2012 7:11 AM

      Screenshots are looking fantastic. If this ever gets released, and it's a great re-imagining of Half Life 1, I will root for these guys to get full time jobs making games.

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      June 11, 2012 7:24 AM

      I don't care how long this take, I will play the FUCK out of it. Also, brilliant caption A Sponge. :)

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      June 11, 2012 7:47 AM

      Has Valve given this their blessing?

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        June 11, 2012 7:49 AM

        Valve has mentioned them once or twice back when they used to do those weekly steam news segments. The only thing valve requested of them was to remove the word "Source" out of the title.

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      June 11, 2012 9:06 AM

      I'd imagine at this point they are probably kicking their asses on this mod to get it perfect hoping that Valve hires them when it is released. There is a precedence there...

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        June 11, 2012 11:26 AM

        I doubt it. Valve seems to look for people with new ideas and doing work that is better or more innovative than what valve is already doing or already has done. I don't think working on an 8+ year long development of a remake is going to be the kind of experience valve is really looking for, unless valve is having trouble filling a team for HL3. If valve is having trouble getting people to work on HL3 then I think they would just take that as an indicator that they shouldn't make it. Basically I don't think this is what valve is looking for.

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          June 11, 2012 11:35 AM

          I'm not saying they are likely to get hired, I'm just saying this is probably something which is on their mind. Kind of two different things.

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            June 11, 2012 11:49 AM

            could be. I think it will be a strong resume and portfolio piece in general if they do want to work in games, but I don't know that it is going to be the best thing to get into valve

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          June 11, 2012 12:26 PM

          I dunno. They have "Valve time" in terms of development down perfect.

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      June 11, 2012 11:28 AM

      Seriously, folks. This is never coming out so stop being excited. Every year or so they try to drum up a bunch of attention by releasing new info and getting a publicity buzz, only to disappear right into the ether for another 24 months. Remember when they released that trailer promising the game would "finally" be out by 2009? They just want you to give them a bunch of likes on their facebook page.