Fan-made Half-Life remake Black Mesa will be sold as a commercial product

"We believe we can make the game even better by having full access to the Source engine," says the developer.

Community made Half-Life remake Black Mesa will become a commercial product sold on Steam.

After being one of the first projects to pass through the company's Greenlight process, Valve has given the team its blessing to sell the fan-made Half-Life remake. "Black Mesa has been given the opportunity to be sold as a retail product on Steam," reads an update for the game.

"This is an incredible honor--one we never expected--but also one we found hard to accept."

"We never developed Black Mesa with money in mind. Our team is made up of average, hardworking people, and no one joined the team to make money. For us, Black Mesa is purely a labor of love. We believe this philosophy has significantly contributed to the overall quality and feel of the game."

"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."

The game will be available "soon" on Steam for a "relatively low price," but the development team says it's not looking to drop support for the free version of the game.

"In fact, shortly after the Steam release there will be a completely new free version of the game. We also plan to open source our maps and some game assets to the modding community!"

"Purchasing the Steam version of Black Mesa is more about supporting the team and our efforts than anything else. However, the Steam version will include features that the free version simply can not have. We will be paying careful attention to feedback, and you'll have a very real say in how the final game turns out."

One of the updates down the line is the addition of Xen, Half-Life's concluding chapter that is absent from Black Mesa. "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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LE5LO
LE5LO

I'll never forget the moment that countdown clock at blackmesasource.com reached 0 and the entire server was overloaded with traffic, the mod was so popular the site was almost inaccessible for over an hour, and I've never hit the refresh button so many times in my life!

From memory, it was around 3am in Australia when Black Mesa Source went live, I was awake all through the early hours of the morning waiting for it to download via a P2P network, as I assume thousands of others were too in Australia, suffice to say, it was an amazing experience seeing all the updates and changes they'd made, and surprises they'd thrown in to keep it fresh, all while keeping extremely close to the vision of the original and improving it...I didn't get any sleep that day...

xD

I will definitely be buying the full thing to show my support for this project. The love and dedication that team put into this is leagues beyond anything I've ever seen in a mod, I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished re-design of Xen and playing through those last couple of levels. :)

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

I came here to see the insensitive and asinine comments but have yet to find any. And because I just finished writing a review of Black Mesa.

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

Why not do a pay what you want, like Humble Bundle or Bandcamp?

hadlee73
hadlee73

I'll be happy to buy this as a commercial release once Xen is in it. Right now its just an unfinished (though awesome) mod.

theKSMM
theKSMM

They don't need to be so humble; there's nothing wrong with getting paid for your talents and labor.  I suspect they'll be pleasantly surprised to see how many people are willing to support their endeavors with a purchase of the paid version of the game.

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

This is the type of philosophy that the rest of the industry should embrace. I know industry giants such as Electronic Farts or Micro$haft would never allow their fans to make a complete working remake of their earliest games and sell them.

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

instant buy, with the add-ons for nux (blue shift <3).

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

I'll keep an eye out for it and purchase it right off.  They did a hell of a job on that game.

JediLegacy
JediLegacy

"Buy Black Mesa, get exclusive look at Half-Life 3 demo!"

In my wildest dreams...

meatz666
meatz666

Man, it gives me such pleasure to see all these comments about "supporting the devs". That's something that I see only in PC gaming. The fact that Steam allows an almost direct link between gamer and devs is awesome.

Hurvl
Hurvl

It's good that they're able to make some money out of all their hard work, but I like mods to stay free. They'd have to add something worthwhile to justify the cost, because a free mod can be as good or bad or weird as it wants to. However, when there's money involved, everything changes. Perhaps I'm spoiled with getting great content for free, but whenever someone asks for money you get to have some expectations and demands.

santinegrete
santinegrete

What could they add? MP? Trading Cards? Steam Achievements (they had achievements in their game but weren't steam synchronized), Steam Cloud? After playing that wonderful mod, giving them financial support via purchase seems like the best encouragement.:)

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

Will definitely buy to show my support. Black Mesa wasn't only one of the best Mods I've ever played, it was also one of the best remakes and games I have ever played.

But I do hope all the people that worked on it, even the ones that quit the project over time, get their fair share of the money.

viru_ssj
viru_ssj

The Half Life Movie video posted does not play when I click on it, just a black screen and the player says"Your video will begin in 00:00. I am on firefox, do i need to download some plug-in or are the old videos no longer suoorted on the new website ?

meatz666
meatz666

It'll be awesome to play HL1 on the new engine, and replay the whole series.

I played this 13 years ago... I'm getting old...

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

No way i will buy this, a shooter without multiplayer it's not a shooter.

We already have games like Battlefield 4 and Borderlands 2, who cares for Half-Life?

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

Good, I wanted to donate to them for the great work they've done over the years but it wasn't allowed. If they add Steam Achievements I will gladly buy the game and beat it again. (with or without the Xen level)

Long Live Valve.

Garm31
Garm31

They are also adding the Surface Tension and the On a Rail areas that we cut out.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

played the free version,  fantastic remake of the best shooter ever made so will definitly buy. By the looks of it we'll see HL3 before Xen chapters tho.



DeusGladiorum
DeusGladiorum

Awesome! I'd totally drop cash for it. The team totally deserves it. You know, I actually never even finished the original Half-Life. The farthest I got was playing through Black Mesa actually, so I'm seriously waiting on Xen. I refused to play the original Half-life to finish the game. I want to complete the game through Black Mesa and then move onto Half-Life 2 which I got like half-way through a few years ago. I'm so looking forward to playing the full version of Black Mesa, and I'm seriously happy that I can pay the team to do so. 

themc_7
themc_7

Good guy Developer. Makes free game for all, decides to make money off of free game, still makes the free version available. I'll buy the Steam version and support these guys. They'll sell it for really cheap.

Garm31
Garm31

In a way I'm a little pissed that they are charging for it. BUT! It's probably the best mod ever made. The team deserved to be paid for the work they did. Lets hopes it's ported over to the latest version of  Source Engine. Engine port over giving a massive performance boost and Xen. Then they can have my money.

biggest_loser
biggest_loser

If they do this I'd really hope they clean up the bugs. Black Mesa was pretty great...but also spoiled terribly by a ridiculous number of crash bugs. 

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

Hopefully, this comes to PS4, Xbox One and Wii U. They can all run this game well.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Source engine sucks, they should use Cry Engine 3 though. =p

toshineon
toshineon

It's really nice of Valve to let them do this. I know that certain other publishers would have sued them given half the chance, just for making it at all.

meatz666
meatz666

@Hurvl Why "Half Life 1: Source Edition" should be free? Isn't it a realized full game?

meatz666
meatz666

@viru_ssj GS video player is glitchy with me as well, on chrome. Maybe we need to update Flash?

Try to watch it without changing the original video size (don't change to fit browser or fullscreen).

mustafa1992
mustafa1992

@meatz666 you can download the free mod and play right now, I highly recommend that you do. 

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@Diegoctba Then by All Means, get back to Call Of Douchebag: Modern Stupidity and Battlefail, and let the real gamers get on with their business.



meatz666
meatz666

@Diegoctba Yeah, because it wasn't CS who created the shooter crazy in the 2000s. You do know that BF4 is basically CS + Unreal Tournament.

I really don't know why I waste time with you.

RedWave247
RedWave247

@Diegoctba *runs into the room* TROOOOOOOOOOOLL! Troll in the dungeon! TROOOOOOOL!

Just thought you should know.

*passes out*

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@Diegoctba A shooter is a game in which you shoot stuff with weapons. It can be multiplayer only, single-player only, or it can be both. Because of gamers with this mentality that CoD is so stagnating.

Iranazi
Iranazi

@Diegoctba Did you really just say that :S I'm just gonna stand in a corner and look down on you now. Not saying you must buy this but saying "a shooter without multiplayer it's not a shooter" is the worst thing I've heard all day.

Garm31
Garm31

@Ladiesman17 TitanFall is using the current Source engine. It looks awesome. Plus a new Source Engine is coming early next year.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@meatz666 @Hurvl  And by that logic meat, this should not be free, because it puts Half Life Source to SHAME, beyond a shadow of a doubt.

viru_ssj
viru_ssj

@meatz666 @viru_ssj Not such an urgent issue right now during the next-gen launch rush. Just hope this comment helps this issue get registered in their to do list after things calm down. thanks for your advice but no change, will try the website on another browser other than Firefox.

RedWave247
RedWave247

@Iranazi @Diegoctba He's a troll. He's going around saying the same thing about BF4 and BL2 on nearly every Gamespot post.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@themc_7 @ChiefFreeman  I don't remember any HL2 mod supported by Valve being ported over,  like Stanley Parable or Minerva.

JediLegacy
JediLegacy

@Garm31 @Ladiesman17 I was going to correct you, then did some digging and found you were right. Huh. Surprising.

Surprising that another developer is using it, not that it looks so pretty. I figured that out the second I booted up Cinematic Mod for HL2. Makes Crysis environments look woefully inadequate in comparison to the art design.

toshineon
toshineon

@tom_zombyy @toshineon What would be the reason for such an accusation? I'd be interested to see if there are any statistics for this.