EDITOR UPDATE: Shortly after this post went live Black Mesa received the necessary amount of votes for it to be greenlit. We here at My Geek Review would like to think that we had a small part in this by alerting you our readers to such amazing content.
Valve’s first game, Half-Life, released in 1998, was one of the first story-driven first-person shooters. Despite being from a previous millennium, it still stands on the greatest games of all time lists maintained by many gamers and gaming publications. Half-Life’s popularity has spawned numerous official sequels and spinoffs – including Opposing Force, Half-Life 2, and Portal, as well as countless fanmade mods. With the 2004 release of Half-Life 2 came Valve’s new game engine, Source, and, as a demonstration to makers of games and mods as to how easily products from the Half-Life engine (sometimes called the GoldSrc engine) could be ported to the new engine, a re-release of Half-Life in said new Source Engine (Half-Life: Source).
Many in the fan community had expected Half-Life: Source to include major updates to the mechanics and graphical assets of the game, and were disappointed when the actual product was nearly identical to the original from six years before. In response to this disappointment, gamers didn’t sit around and mope, they got together to do the job themselves. Within a few months, a group of Half-Life fans had formed, and set to remake the classic from scratch, better than ever before, and with graphical quality matching or exceeding that of the modern sequels.
Years have come and gone since then, and with only a handful of screenshots and the false hope of an unfulfilled promise of a 2009 release many had given up hope of Black Mesa ever seeing the light of day; classifying it as vaporware, alongside Duke Nukem Forever and Half-Life 2: Episode 3.
That was until last week.
Seemingly out of the blue came the announcement that on September 14, 2012 Black Mesa would see its first release. The development team has decided to hold off on making available the last few chapters of the singleplayer campaign as well as the multiplayer deathmatch, but the majority of the mod will be freely available for public consumption. Download links will appear on Black Mesa’s website this Friday.
The Black Mesa Modification Team has now reached out to the community. With our help, Black Mesa can appear on Steam. When enough people use Steam Greenlight to vote ‘Yes’, that they would play Black Mesa if it were available on Steam, Valve will consider it for distribution.
So vote now on Greenlight, and prepare to relive the greatest days of PC gaming.