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Black Mesa coming to retail with updated Source engine

The fan-made remake of Half-Life, Black Mesa, is coming to Steam as a retail release and will utilize an updated version of Valve's Source engine.

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The fan-made Half-Life remake, Black Mesa, is about to go from eight years of developmental strife to a full-blown retail release. The volunteer development team announced on Tuesday that Black Mesa will be sold as a commercial title and will use an updated Source engine.

"We never developed Black Mesa with money in mind," said project lead Carlos Montero on the team's website (via Polygon). "Our decision to sell Black Mesa rests on two key points. One is we believe we can make the game even better by having full access to the Source engine. This lets us tackle and fix limitations instead of working around them. The second is because frankly, our team could really use the financial help."

A free version of Black Mesa released in 2012, albeit as an incomplete game. This version will continue to receive support following the paid Steam version's release, with Montero noting that the team plans to open source its maps and select assets to the modding community.

No release date has been given for Black Mesa.

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    November 20, 2013 12:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Black Mesa coming to retail with updated Source engine.

    The fan-made remake of Half-Life, Black Mesa, is coming to Steam as a retail release and will utilize an updated version of Valve's Source engine.

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      November 20, 2013 12:05 PM

      Black Mesa was half finished right? Are they completing it for release?

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        November 20, 2013 12:12 PM

        Sounds like it. I can't imagine they'd release a retail version of an unfinished product. The new Source resources they have should also help matters a lot.

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          November 20, 2013 12:18 PM

          That'd be so rad! Best news all day

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          November 20, 2013 12:31 PM

          They are releasing it with a few added features, but no Xen. From what I understand, the 'campaign' isn't being supplemented in this release. They said the rest of the 'campaign' is still a ways off from being complete.

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          November 20, 2013 4:57 PM

          sure they can. they could call it Black Mesa: Rebirth.

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            November 20, 2013 5:03 PM

            Half-Life: Origins

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            November 21, 2013 12:03 AM

            A Special Edition of a Special Edition, starting to sound like George Lucas here.

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            November 21, 2013 7:13 AM

            Half Life: BF4 edition

            Gordon, I've been expect-ecf-ect-ect-ect-ect-ext-ect-ect

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        November 20, 2013 1:03 PM

        No, they're not: http://forums.blackmesasource.com/showthread.php?t=17088

        Last paragraph:
        "We've been overwhelmed by fan anticipation for Xen, and we're excited so many people are eager to conclude the game. To be totally honest however, Xen is still a ways off. Over the past year, we have spent a HUGE amount of time porting the game to a new engine and fixing hundreds of bugs. The work to port to the new engine was not because of the decision to go retail, this was work that had to be done to get Black Mesa onto Steam and support our future plans.

        So, please be patient with us as we work to make Xen a stunning and worthy conclusion to Black Mesa. Until Xen is completed, we have multiple interesting additions planned for the Steam version of Black Mesa, which we will announce later on down the road."

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        November 20, 2013 1:22 PM

        They stopped at Xen so it's not half-finished so much as it's 77.77% finished (Xen being chapter 15 of 18, so they finished 14 essentially)

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          November 20, 2013 5:05 PM

          Some people would consider that 100% finished since they hate Xen.

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            November 20, 2013 9:23 PM

            Those people are stupid and should commit seppuku for their insolence!!

            :D

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      November 20, 2013 12:56 PM

      if it gets a linux port, i'll gladly buy it. never got around to playing the free version past the test chamber.

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      November 20, 2013 1:09 PM

      maybe this means they will also get license to the original VO. that would be great. i mean, this is Half Life HD, for all intents and purposes, so Valve must be behind it and and in support of it now correct?

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        November 20, 2013 1:39 PM

        I sure hope they at least secured Gordon Freeman's original voice actor for Black Mesa.

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          November 20, 2013 1:43 PM

          They did. When reached for comment he said,

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            November 20, 2013 2:14 PM

            The someone threw him off a ladder and he said, "ERRRRGH beep beep beep beep"

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            November 21, 2013 8:44 AM

            He did say that, but he also breathed heavily! Heavy breathing is one of Gordon's most quoted lines!

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      November 20, 2013 1:45 PM

      I hope it sells like crazy. BMS was implemented far better than I thought it would be.

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      November 20, 2013 4:52 PM

      I'm kind of amazed that this is even legal. I wasn't all that surprised when Valve decided not to interfere before, because it was just a fan-made mod.

      Now it's a full blown retail product and Valve is continuing to look the other way? That's pretty nice of them, because we all know they could shut this down in an instant. Thanks Valve!

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        November 20, 2013 4:56 PM

        A full blown retail product ON STEAM.

        Valve aren't so much looking the other way as backing the darned thing.

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        November 20, 2013 5:05 PM

        They're probably taking a lot more than 30% or whatever their usual cut is with this one.

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          November 20, 2013 10:29 PM

          Considering that this was going to just be a mod, it's awesome that the devs are getting a paid, be it a small or large amount.

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          November 21, 2013 9:05 AM

          Considering Valve basically fleshed out the entire game for them (level design, story, gameplay elements, ect) would seem fair.. assuming your assumption is true.