Black Mesa coming September 14

You thought the day would never come, and it still hasn't just yet, but Black Mesa now has a release date. After eight years of development, the fan remake of Half-Life in the Source engine will be released on September 14. Except it won't be quite complete; the team is working on expanding HL's reviled Xen section and plans to release it later.

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You thought the day would never come, and it still hasn't quite yet, but Black Mesa now has a release date. After eight years of development, the fan remake of Half-Life in the Source engine will be released on September 14. Except it won't be quite complete; the team is still working on expanding HL's reviled Xen section and plans to release it later.

Come September 14, we should--in theory, if they really mean it this time--be able to return to the Black Mesa complex, project lead 'cman2k' announced on the mod's forum. The mod recreates Valve's classic FPS with all the polygons, shaders, particles, and gratuitous physics objects we expect from the Source Engine.

It's not an exact remake, mind. The team is adding extra touches like new lines of dialogue, while Xen will be far from the unpleasant little ending section we all know and hate when it arrives.

"Xen is going to basically be a complete game in its own right, it's not going to be just an epilogue to the game; more of a whole new chapter," lead developer 'Raminator' explained. "It'll be pretty well expanded." Work on Xen is already underway and the team hopes to finish it "in a reasonable timeframe," so hopefully we won't need to wait until the year 2020.

cman2k added, "We believe this is a great way to provide a complete-feeling 8-10 hour experience with a solid ending, make our fans happy and help us make the best overall game possible."

The soundtrack is now available for your listening and purchasing pleasure.

Check out this leaked video for a recent-ish look at Black Mesa's 'On a Rail' chapter, including its curious intentionally cheesy voice-acting.

From The Chatty
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    September 2, 2012 6:00 PM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Black Mesa coming September 14, honestly.

    You thought the day would never come, and it still hasn't just yet, but Black Mesa now has a release date. After eight years of development, the fan remake of Half-Life in the Source engine will be released on September 14. Except it won't be quite complete; the team is working on expanding HL's reviled Xen section and plans to release it later.

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      September 3, 2012 6:12 AM

      i am speechless. one day after my birthday i will finally play this thing \o/

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        September 3, 2012 6:22 AM

        Same!

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        September 3, 2012 11:23 PM

        I've been eagerly waiting for this as long as anyone, but for some reason the announcement feels a little anticlimactic to me. Like my mind had already shelved it away as vaporware and now it's hard to come around to the fact that this is an actual finished (well, nearly) product with an actual release date.

        I imagine it'll sink in when I actually have this thing on my machine.

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      September 3, 2012 6:28 AM

      I always quit when I reached Xen, so this will feel complete. CANNOT WAIT.

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        September 3, 2012 7:57 AM

        That is because you are an awful person.

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          September 3, 2012 8:15 AM

          You mad bro wrestling buddy?

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            September 3, 2012 8:17 AM

            I like Xen.

            Also you need to watch that Kota Ibushi/Kenny Omega match from a few weeks ago because omgggggggggggggggggggggg

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              September 3, 2012 8:46 AM

              I will check that out!

              Honestly I liked Xen's atmosphere, but I loathe jumping sections in 3D games. It's too hard to calculate distance and depth. Save jumping and hopping for 2D games, I say, or at least jumping and hopping between floating platforms. There were a few sections in Black Mesa where I had to bunny-hop around, but they were short and sweet. Xen was torture. :(

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      September 3, 2012 7:44 AM

      I have memories of Sept 2008 and Sept 2009...they were ADAMANT it was getting released.

      I won't buy anything these guys say until it's out. I expect nothing.

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        September 3, 2012 8:05 AM

        Isn't it free?

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          September 3, 2012 8:06 AM

          He's confusing the BM devs with actual Valve software - and yes Sept 30 when every man and his dog purchased a Radeon 9700 / 9700 Pro for the game was pretty sould destroying when it got delayed a fucking year out of the blue. With like 2 weeks notice.

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            September 3, 2012 8:12 AM

            Haha. I think I still have that coupon somewhere, I'll look.

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            September 3, 2012 12:06 PM

            There was no 2 weeks notice. People were "sure" it was coming out up to the 30th.

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              September 3, 2012 1:23 PM

              Good name. Great novel.

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              September 3, 2012 3:49 PM

              I can't find articles to back this up but my memory is

              1. 5/2003 - Valve debuts HL2 at E3, says it's coming out 9/30/2003
              2. Lots of things happen (mostly scuttlebutt about which video card will run it best) but some time around August or so, Valve goes pretty quiet. People start to doubt the release date
              3. a couple of weeks into September, Valve confirms they're not going to hit their 9/30/2003 date.
              4. A week or so after that the source code leak hits the Internet. Whether or not the code was known to be stolen when they announced the delay is unknown, but we do know from later interviews that the game was never going to make 9/30/2003, regardless of leak.
              5. A bunch of delays occur, game finally ships in 11/2004

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          September 3, 2012 8:11 AM

          I'm pretty sure when he says 'buy' he means 'believe'

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            September 3, 2012 8:15 AM

            Regardless, we are still talking about a FREE mod here. If the shit's so easy just bang one out yourself?

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              September 3, 2012 11:15 AM

              I never said it was easy, once again the internet fails to read.

              I merely stated that they (the BM devs) said it was coming out in both Sept 2008 and Sept 2009. And it didn't. As such, I won't listen to anything they say until it actually comes out.

              I hope this is more clear and that the mentally impaired among us now understand.

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              September 3, 2012 11:17 AM

              Also, by mentally impaired, I mean you.

              I had to make sure, as I wasn't sure you had enough mental acumen to realise I was insulting you.

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                September 3, 2012 11:20 AM

                Whoa, you used the 'acumen', you must be like...really smart.

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                  September 3, 2012 1:25 PM

                  You know, I actually am. Thanks for noticing :D

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      September 3, 2012 8:48 AM

      I could definitely get into this

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      September 3, 2012 9:47 AM

      The DNF of mods, hopefully it doesn't suck as much

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        September 3, 2012 9:59 AM

        That is actually scientifically impossible.

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          September 3, 2012 10:57 AM

          I think you haven't played many mods.

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            September 3, 2012 11:00 PM

            If you've played many HL2 mods you know that some of them, at least, are indeed very high quality stuff. Valve liked the MINERVA guy's work so much that they hired him.

            This is basically the most anticipated mod of all time. I'm sure the Black Mesa team hasn't had any problems recruiting top notch talent for this thing. And it's not like they didn't have a solid template to guide them through the process.

            I'm very optimistic with regard to Black Mesa's quality. Everything they've shown so far looks very professional.

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      September 3, 2012 11:16 PM

      Am I weird for being annoyed that half the articles about this keep calling it by the wrong name? I mean they changed it how many years ago, already? You'd think if you were even halfway paying attention you'd have picked up that it's simply called "Black Mesa" now.

      Alice of course got it right, and so did the BBC, but I'd say over half the Google News entries are still calling it "Black Mesa Source"...

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      September 4, 2012 2:43 AM

      Great soundtrack.

      So many good mods are being released in Sep. Lost Alpha and Misery also!

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      September 4, 2012 7:14 AM

      Dayum- was really hoping this would be out complete before HL3 but sounds like Xen could be 2-3 years down the road.

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        September 5, 2012 9:30 AM

        Xen will be out before 2-3 years. Don't worry.

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