Half-Life mod Black Mesa will be sold on Steam alongside free version

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Mesa back, okeydey

Do you happen to have a large pile of games waiting to be downloaded on your Steam playlist? Then this bit of news won’t help you get through it any quicker. Half Life is 15 years old this week, and to celebrate, a remake of the game from a dedicated group of gamers in on the way at long last. A remake that’ll be up for sale on Steam.

Now past the Steam Greenlight phase, Black Mesa will release in free and retail versions on Steam. “Our decision to sell Black Mesa rests on two key points,” the Black Mesa team wrote.

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.

So what do you get for your bucks, besides the satisfaction that helped some dedicated fans out? Well, you’re getting “features that the free version simply can not have” according to the team. They’ve also got plans to open source various game assets and maps, and one day finish the rest of the mod. “Xen is still a ways off” the post read.

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As for that cost, the team is promising that Black Mesa will be available at “a relatively low price.” And if that’s the price to support all that work that has the blessing from Half-Life parents Steam, then that’s fine by me.

It’s encouraging to see Valve give approval for this, and I like that there will be an easy way for players to compensate the Black Mesa team for its work. If you’re worried about the cost, however, know that it’s supposed to be “a relatively low price.”

Last Updated: November 20, 2013

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Relative to what?

    • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

      a new Titan…

      • Ultimo_Cleric N7

        Or Jeager

        • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

          Touche…

        • Captain GUZ

          I’ll raise you a kaiju

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            Unicron…….checkmate

          • Captain GUZ

            But but what about Primus? I have the matrix key aswell?

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            Hmmm…that is a good move..
            Okay. Does Galactus count?

  • Admiral Chief Duke

    I played the BM mod, and it was BRILLIANT!!!

  • Admiral Chief Duke

    Black Mesa was so damn awesome, they can HAVE my money!

    • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

      Naaah man…come on… it is a 15 year old game…. trolol

      How much prettier can you make models where the character speaks but the mouth doesn’t move…

      On the serious side though, the BM Mod is nice…

      • Eric

        The mouth did move! It was revolutionary! It was, the only part of the face that did move though…

      • Admiral Chief Duke

        I was referring to mod

        • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

          Yup, well worth the 3.07 GB Download

          • Admiral Chief Duke

            🙂

  • Captain GUZ

    Half life, I will never forget that first train ride.One of the games that got me into gaming in the first place. Also big props to valve for giving them their blessing for this, seeing as we still waiting for HL3

    edit: Header win

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    BURN THE ION HEADER! KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!
    If I see Jar Jar in the new Star Wars movies…wait……
    Jar Jar Bink
    J.J Abrams
    ……………………………..oh no………………..

    • Captain GUZ

      I wonder if the new star wars will be in 3D

      • Gareth L

        Ask yourself: does Disney release 3D movies?

        There you go. 😉

      • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

        With too much lens flare…

        • Captain GUZ

          Thats what I’m worried about, that they too focused on visuals and forget about the story

          • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

            Or they cast someone like JB or Brenda as the new “hero” in the story..

          • Captain GUZ

            I just puked a bit in my mouth as that thought went thru my mind

    • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

      Mee sa like you very much, yousa come an enjoy da jar jar stories

      • Ultimo_Cleric N7

        I hate you

    • Johan du Preez

      lol I never had a issue with jar jar, why does everyone hate him so much. He is a space rasta … all he needs is a big spliff in his mouth

      • Ultimo_Cleric N7

        The voice combined with the speech pattern = fail. At least Yoda can pull it off seeing as he is a badass.
        Jar Jar……not so much.

        • Johan du Preez

          Personally I found the young Anakin Skywalker much much much much more annoying. I swear if I ever have to hear someone speak in that voice in public I will take him out of the gene pool.

          grrrr 🙂

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