After 16 in the making, Black Mesa has finally hit version 1.0. Black Mesa is a fan-made remake of the original Half-Life. Due to a slight delay is has made its exit from Steam Early Access by 24 hours. But Crowbar Collective has now officially released.
The entire project was originating as a mode for Half-Life 2 back in 2004. Black Mesa was initially scheduled for a late 2009 release but eventually postponed till 2012 when a standalone version of the game was launched as a free download.
This version includes all the chapters in Half-life expect the final episode set on the alien world of Xen. Gordon Freeman’s journey to Xen was universally recognized as the weakest part of the original Half-Life. That’s why Crowbar Collective decided to rework the final chapter for a later release.
Black Mesa’s first launch in 2012 also matched with the introduction of Valve’s Steam Greenlight program, which allowed users to vote for games to be added to Steam’s storefront.
Black Mesa was one of the first games to be voted on by fans and approved by Valve as part of the program, and soon after, Valve approached the team about releasing Black Mesa as a commercial project. The game was launched in Steam Early Access on May 5, 2015.
Black Mesa first teaser trailer from 2008.
— Gordon Freeman (MondySpartan) (@tehmondspartan) March 5, 2020
Currently, the Xen part is still a work in progress. The full Xen chapter was released on December 24, 2019, after a couple of betas and some stress testing by the players, which brings us to now and the full release of version 1.0.
A part of that excitement originated from the imminent arrival of Half-Life: Alyx. Launching both games so close together can be coincidental. But it would be quite funny to see the Valve finally return to the series just as black mesa exits early excess after 16 years in development. Just when fans thought we would never get another Half-Life game, Crowbar Collective filled that void with a project of its own.