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Black Mesa Source mod coming late this year

Black Mesa Source mod coming late this year

The Black Mesa Source mod for Half-Life 2 will be a complete remake of the first Half-Life game in the Source engine.

The modding team behind the long-awaited and much-anticipated Black Mesa Source mod for Half-Life 2 have given the next tentative release date for the mod today.

The team behind the mod, which is a full remake of the original Half-Life 1 in the Half-Life 2 Source engine, is now expected to be released towards the end of this year. Not massively specific admittedly, but it's better than nothing.

The mod itself looks phenomenal too, as can be seen in a trailer for the project that was released earlier. The mod promises to be a far better looking version of Half-Life 1 than Valve's own attempt to recreate the classic FPS in the Source Engine too, as Half-Life: Source used all the same old textures and models from the original game.

The Black Mesa Source mod on the other hand will use wholly new graphics which are faithfully recreated versions based on the original Half-Life game.

"I won't say anything more specific than "Late 2009"," said project leader Carlos Montero in an interview with ScreenPlay. "Like any developer, we want to squeeze as much awesome in as possible before we ship, but we won't withhold it any longer than absolutely necessary once it's done."

The Black Mesa Source project has had a troubled history, suffering all sorts of delays, attacks and supposed legal problems, but it looks like the end may finally be near. Are you excited? Let us know in the forums.

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B1GBUD 17th February 2009, 14:52 Quote
Will it be released on Steam and if so, at what cost?
[USRF]Obiwan 17th February 2009, 14:54 Quote
Probably for the price the original HL, around 50 euro..
Cobalt 17th February 2009, 14:57 Quote
I shouldn't think they'd be allowed to charge for it. Otherwise they'd be profiting from copyright infringement, unless they made a deal with Valve.
CardJoe 17th February 2009, 14:58 Quote
IIRC they have the support of Valve and are allowed to copy the original game, but cannot and will not charge for it. I imagine it'll quickly be featured on Steam though.
fargo 17th February 2009, 15:31 Quote
funny thing I was just researching this mod last nite and watching the first trailer on utube. from what I read on the black mesa web site it wil be released in the 6 to 10 month time frame of 2009.
also it wil be a free mod that can be downloaded from most gaming sites and stored in your steam
mod folder. I got hooked on half life and all the follow ups and can't wait to see how they did with this.
proxess 17th February 2009, 15:36 Quote
I've been dieing for this for a long time, I'm glad we're reaching somewhere... now the only project I'm waiting for is Infinity-Universe, the procedural space MMO.
Evildead666 17th February 2009, 15:57 Quote
I replayed the steam version, and was a bit miffed that mostly the water effects were better....
This will bring back a superbly written game back to people who never got to play it first time round ;)
Mentai 17th February 2009, 16:06 Quote
Well people need HL2 for it to run anyway, so it's not like Valve doesn't benefit. Hopefully the mod is fantastically awesome and Valve hires some of the team, they already have Valve development times learned :P
johnnyboy700 17th February 2009, 16:42 Quote
I've been waiting for this one for soooo long, I just hope its worth the wait. It certainly promises a great deal more than Source Half Life and from what I've seen it looks fantastic.

I shall wait as patiently as I can.

PS Where the feckkk is HL2 Ep3?
C-Sniper 17th February 2009, 16:59 Quote
They will DEFINITELY be getting my money for this. Even if it is free.
glaeken 17th February 2009, 17:06 Quote
Been following since the beginning. It will be nice to see it finally released.
ibs137 17th February 2009, 17:08 Quote
is this mod being made using the orangebox engine (updated source engine)??
phuzz 17th February 2009, 17:52 Quote
Yes, they are using the Orange Box engine, and as for HL2:Ep3, in Valve Time I'd estimate early next year?
pendragon 17th February 2009, 19:13 Quote
I'm very much looking forward to this.. too bad it's so far away
HourBeforeDawn 17th February 2009, 20:58 Quote
ya I heard this was going to be a free mod, sorta an anniversary kinda of like concept. But I suppose if I have to play then well it will still be worth it ^__^
Volund 17th February 2009, 22:46 Quote
Yay, can't wait. I'll have to donate a bit of money to them once it comes out :D
CowBlazed 17th February 2009, 23:50 Quote
Of course its free, just like every other HL2 mod out there. If they tried to sell it they'd be sued, and if Valve had purchased the group we probably would've heard about it.

Personaly, I can't wait. Soon after they should start work on OP (Opposing Force).
Brulath 18th February 2009, 13:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by CowBlazed
Of course its free, just like every other HL2 mod out there. If they tried to sell it they'd be sued, and if Valve had purchased the group we probably would've heard about it.

Personaly, I can't wait. Soon after they should start work on OP (Opposing Force).

Garry's Mod is a source mod (requires a full source game to run) that's sold via Steam so it wouldn't necessarily be a huge leap to get there, I agree that they probably wouldn't try to sell it though (particularly since it's a reimagining of a game they don't own the rights to).
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This game requires that you own a Source engine game such as Counter-Strike: Source, Half-Life 2, or Day of Defeat: Source.

My point was that being a mod doesn't necessarily mean a game is free, though in this case you're most likely correct ;)
Volund 18th February 2009, 14:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Brulath
Garry's Mod is a source mod (requires a full source game to run) that's sold via Steam so it wouldn't necessarily be a huge leap to get there, I agree that they probably wouldn't try to sell it though (particularly since it's a reimagining of a game they don't own the rights to).



My point was that being a mod doesn't necessarily mean a game is free, though in this case you're most likely correct ;)

when it is an "expansion" type of a mod, they are free (portal: prelude, etc). because the people who make them don't own the rights to sell them because of VALVe's copyrights.

Garry's mod is a totally different type of mod, while being built on the source engine, it is a new game entirely.
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