Black Mesa Half-Life mod launching September 14

First part of Source-powered community mod will be released next week; initial release will stop at Lambda Core level, offering 8-10 hours of gameplay.

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The community behind the development of Half-Life mod Black Mesa (formerly Black Mesa: Source) has announced that the first part of the game will finally be released on September 14 this year.

Black Mesa will be released next week.
Black Mesa will be released next week.

The mod's official website has been updated with a countdown timer, and Black Mesa project leader Carlos Montero posted on the site's forums confirming the game's official release.

"On September 14th you will see the first release of Black Mesa," Montero said in his post. "This will include our re-envisioning of Half-Life all the way up to Lambda Core. 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."

A remake of Valve's original 1998 title Half-Life using the Source engine, Black Mesa promises a fully reconstructed Half-Life universe built from the ground up with new models, maps, soundtrack, voice acting, and textures. The remake will include the original game's protagonist, Gordon Freeman, as well as the original cast of characters and environments.

The mod project was launched in 2004 following fan disappointment over Valve's official Half-Life remake, Half-Life: Source. According to the project's site, Black Mesa will not require Half-Life: Source to play--just a copy of any Source engine game installed on Steam.

The Black Mesa soundtrack is now available to download via the project's site.

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WCK619

so... it's an indie remake?

no thanks. indie is crap.

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killman961

@WCK619 dude, you should get bonked in the face with a crowbar by gordon......

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WCK619

@killman961 dude, you should get walloped in the head with all the extra periods after your ellipsis.

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Merex760

@WCK619 Idiot.

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WCK619

@Merex760 Douchebag.

Want to elaborate, or just remain a douchebag?

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markvons

@WCK619 Hahaha it's your loss

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WCK619

@markvons Hahaha yeah just like every mod you've never downloaded counts as a "loss"

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maddogmark25

@WCK619 Its a MOD, you dope.

COD kiddies need not apply to HL.

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WCK619

@maddogmark25 another baseless ad hominem attack. And a mod requires the original game which this article says you don't need, so it's not a mod. If you had any serious argument to make towards me you wouldn't need to resort to such petty childish personal attacks.

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tooki

@WCK619 I've presented this evidence to you but you seem to be simply ignoring it. It's like arguing with a creationist.

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WCK619

@tooki I'll reevaluate my position when someone comes up with a compelling reason why I should instead of just childishly hurling personal insults and lies.

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tooki

@WCK619 @maddogmark25

You're right his statement was an ad hominem. If we go by the assumption that many COD gamers lack experience with a wide variety of games and tend to make stupid statements about things they've only just heard of (which in my experience is true), it does seem fair to make that assumption given your apparent lack of knowledge.A mod requires a game, yes, but a mod that attempts to remake a game (in whole, part, or spirit) will basically never use the same game engine because if it did the mod would be completely pointless. Case in point: The Dark Project, which is a Thief game being built using the Doom 3 engine. The majority is certainly not always right, but the fact that virtually everyone in this thread is calling you variations of the word "moron" or liking comments to that effect should make you at least stop and reevaluate your position.

Unless of course you truly are a moron, in which case you wouldn't do that.

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BestJinjo

@WCK619 Another COD player? I see.

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WCK619

@BestJinjo ad hominem with no evidence. Do you see a COD game anywhere in my profile? Have I rated one highly? reviewed one? Blogged about one? Followed one? Nope.

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cshourihan

You sir, are ignant

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WCK619

@cshourihan You sir, are illiterate.

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cshourihan

@WCK619 You sir, failed to sense the irony.

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tooki

@WCK619 LOL. Moron.

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crazylooser2003

@tooki agreed...

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WCK619

@tooki or if they just go along with what everyone else is saying without adding anything to the debate/conversation.

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WCK619

@crazylooser2003 Nope

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crazylooser2003

@WCK619 Sheep? So you consider Portal an Indie developed game?

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tooki

@WCK619 @crazylooser2003 They're only sheep if they don't stop and truly think about why they agree.

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WCK619

@crazylooser2003 Sheep...

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Tank_Buster

@WCK619 They call these crazy things...MODs! They're completely free as well, so it's no skin off your neck.

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WCK619

@Tank_Buster "The mod project was launched in 2004 following fan disappointment over Valve's official Half-Life remake, Half-Life: Source. According to the project's site, Black Mesa will not require Half-Life: Source to play--just a copy of any Source engine game installed on Steam."

It doesn't require the original game to be played, therefore it isn't a mod. So you can kiss the skin off my ass.

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cshourihan

@WCK619 They just reskinned the game, it's a mod. Anyone who thinks this is indie anything is just plain wrong, they're not even trying to sell it.

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tooki

@WCK619 I understand that there are many games built on the same engine and that that doesn't really make them all mods.....except this is a mod. It's a free modification based on the source engine. It's a modification of any source based game. You must own a source game to play the modification. By your definition most mods for Half-Life 2 are not actually mods, which is absolutely asinine.And your generalization that all indie games are crap is as ridiculous as saying that all games are all crap because some of them are. You accuse people of using ad hominems but you fail to recognize the fallacies in your own arguments (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasty_generalization). Even if you don't enjoy playing indie games only a ignoramus would argue that the indie development community hasn't made significant innovative and artistic contributions to gaming as a whole.

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WCK619

@tooki Indie IS crap. Go watch GameSpot's "It Came From Xbox Live" which is pretty much a segment proving that the indie gaming industry is a heaping pile of laughably stupid garbage.

and there's many games built on the same engine. That doesn't make them all "mods" of the first game built with that engine.

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tooki

@WCK619 @Tank_Buster

It's not a mod of the original game and you truly are a moron. It's a source mod, meaning you need to own a game with the source engine to play it. And you're an even bigger moron for believing that indie=crap.

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Rovelius

@WCK619 lol wut?

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WCK619

@Rovelius lol huh?

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Sgthombre

HELL YES.

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s4dn3s5

Can't believe it.... still remember when it was supposed to be released in december 2009, but glad they finally made it

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pcostix

I'm going to play from Black Mesa mod through Half-life 2 to Half-life 2 ep 2!!!

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pcostix

I know its asking too much,but still... I hope they remake XEN too!

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Winterdawns

Wow, very gooooood. :D

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hella_epic

so it's a HD re-make of one of the greatest FPS ever for free?!?!? god bless you people for this noble deed :')

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thechuck11

I play my computer games on the mac (please don't hate on me) and since the original game is compatible for mac, will this mod also be?

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PyromaniacB4377

@thechuck11 *Scoff* Mac...

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jwsoul

Wow at last cool!

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makryu

It's Black Mesa Episode 1. Episode 2 will come out in a few years and Episode 3 will come out when we start the first colony on Mars.

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thenephariouson

@makryu

LOL

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emperiox

Runescape > Half Life Episode 3...Stop whining for Episode 3.

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Sgthombre

@emperiox I'm going to pretend you didn't actually post this.

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the_requiem

@Sgthombre @emperiox Obvious troll is obvious

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mlcarter815

@emperiox lol what? How can you compare a browser-based rpg to a shooter?

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emperiox

@mlcarter815 Runescape has bows, crossbows, and dwarven cannons so it's a shooter too! :D

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IGFGAThrawn

@Link3301 @emperiox @Sgthombre @mlcarter815 RuneScape GREATLY improved since they went HD. It's NOTHING like what it was even a few years ago. And, having played tons of MMOs (Galaxies, TOR, DCUO, STO, Champions Online, Guild Wars 2, Myst Online), RuneScape is actually one of my favorites and is far more fun than WoW. RuneScape actually focuses on stories that mean something rather than the generic "Go walk 20 seconds from my location and kill 10 of these creatures which is something I could do but I'm lazy". not to mention the obvious locations used with the brush called Copy & Paste.

And it's far from one of the worst games ever made. And you better not do the graphics hate, as unless it's a game like Myst, graphics are the LEAST reason to play a game.

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Link3301

@emperiox @Sgthombre @mlcarter815 Runescape is easily one of the worst games ever made. Go play a real MMO. And no Runescape is nowhere near half-life in quality.

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emperiox

@Sgthombre @mlcarter815 Hey bro how about you come on runescape and call me a idiot to my face in the wilderness!!!

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Sgthombre

@emperiox @mlcarter815 That logic makes Command and Conquer, Total War, Age of Empires, X-COM, World in Conflict, and WoW all shooters. You're an idiot.

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CrippledPoet

Looking foward to it... would like some news on Episode 3 though!

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jayjay444

I'm playing CS-GO atm and loving it! I cant wait to play a classic that i haven't played in about 7 years. it will be interesting to see how they have done it cant wait, on the 14th no one is going to see me.

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ravager1989

I WANT MY HALF-LIFE 2: EPISODE 3!!!!!

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crazylooser2003

@ravager1989 dont think there will be episode 3...

it will be Half Life 3

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jayjay444

nice how much is this game then?

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AustinH147

@jayjay444 It's free! :D

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jayjay444

@AustinH147 even better:)