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Half-Life Remake Black Mesa Nears Completion



Half-Life Black Mesa

Could it be that the final chapter of the Black Mesa remaster will end soon? Only the Xen part of the Half-Life remaster remains, and you can test it out on Steam’s public beta.

Ever since Valve abandoned the concept of making large and immersive single-player games, the remaster of its legendary Half-Life universe is all that we can look forward to.

It is no understatement to say that the original Half-Life reshaped the first-person-shooter genre. Story-driven, immersive, engaging, tactical, tense, and ahead of its time, Half-Life had it all.

When Half-Life 2 came along with its episodes, everything got even better thanks to the highly capable Source engine β€” which is still employed by Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2.

So, why not remaster the original Half-Life with the same engine? This is what the fan-powered project was all about.

Developed by Crowbar Collective, Black Mesa was released in 2015 as an early access game and was welcomed with glowing reviews. About 85 percent complete, only the last Xen chapter of Half-Life was excluded. Now, it seems that it is nearing completion.

The final chapter of the original saga, in which Gordon Freeman faces the source of the interdimensional incursion, consists of 18 maps, including:

  • Xen
  • Gonarch’s Lair
  • Interloper
  • Nihilanth
  • Endgame
Black Mesa Half-Life

Image courtesy of IGDB/Black Mesa press kit.

When you have fans doing all the work, you can expect many delays β€” and we’ve had them plenty. However, it is becoming more likely that the remake project will finally be completed in 2019.

Keep in mind, Half-Life expansions Blue Shift and Opposing Force are not part of the Black Mesa project. Those are handled by separate teams and under different names:

  • Opposing Force β€” Operation: Black Mesa
  • Blue Shift β€” Guard Duty

You can find them both in their unfinished state at MODDB.

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Images courtesy of IGDB/Black Mesa press kit, Twitter/@BlackMesaDevs.

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