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Black Mesa's Xen Levels have been released - Half-Life has been revived

The next step is version 1.0

Black Mesa's Xen Levels have been released - Half-Life has been revived

Black Mesa's Xen Levels have been released - Half-Life has been revived

Black Mesa is one of the most interesting game developments of the past decade, starting as a small modding project to eventually become an officially sanctioned project. 

Black Mesa is the Half-Life remake that fans want, and Valve won't deliver, and now the project is in a content-complete state, with Crowbar Collective releasing the game's "Xen Levels" in the early hours of this morning. Now, Black Mesa can be played from start to finish, making the game a few patches away from its final release. 

Instead of simply remaking Half-Life's original Xen levels, Black Mesa's developers decided to do something different. These levels are amongst the least popular in the entire Half-Life series, so Crowbar Collective designed to improve them with new level designs, combat encounters and gameplay. The game's main story beats remain the same, but players should have a lot more fun playing through this late section of the game. 

Today marks the release of Black Mesa version 0.9, with version 0.91 being planned in the near future with bug fixes and new achievements for the game's Xen levels. Further in the future, version 1.0 will deliver an improved AI, Steam Workshop enhancements, bug fixes for the entire game and a retesting of the game's multiplayer component. This update will remove Black Mesa from Steam Early Access. 

After Early Access, Crowbar Collective plans to release an "Earthbound" update for the game which will make sure that the early levels of Black Mesa fully utilise the game's graphical features and improve gameplay where possible. The game's developers have called this planned update "Black Mesa: Definitive Edition" internally, though the update will be free to users. 

Black Mesa's Xen Levels have been released - Half-Life has been revived  

Black Mesa is currently available on Steam with a 20% discount during the Steam Winter Sale, making the game £11.99. 

You can join the discussion on Black Mesa's Xen levels releasing to the public on the OC3D Forums

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24-12-2019, 07:39:21

Avet
Nice. I haven't been looking at Black Mesa for a long time. Tried demo few years back and deleted it instantly. They have re-recorded voices. Just no... I don't know if original sounds from HL are in new version of the game.Quote

24-12-2019, 07:46:33

tgrech
Usually fan remakes of anything, even with original developer support & backing, needs re-recorded VA, as it's the intellectual property of the voice actors, that is only licensed for the original game. This is partly why the remake of Fallout New Vegas will take so long too. (Still I'd assume with all these things, someone out there will have found a method to copy the original sound files in or convert them or something if its possible).Quote

24-12-2019, 08:57:24

Dark NighT
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Originally Posted by Avet View Post
Nice. I haven't been looking at Black Mesa for a long time. Tried demo few years back and deleted it instantly. They have re-recorded voices. Just no... I don't know if original sounds from HL are in new version of the game.

Same for me, i could not stand the replaced audio, visual and details, not to mention the way the game felt was very weird, at the time even jumping felt weird as hell and dev's were saying it was because they didn't feel like jumping was needed.


It was supposed to be a MOD, a free mod but they went all over board with this one and got it as a product that felt unfinished at the time, and probably still does.Quote

24-12-2019, 08:59:07

Avet
Yea I have looked now. They are some mods for original sounds. I will explore more when the game is completed.Quote
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