News: The Black Mesa mod, which recreates the original Half-Life in the Source Engine, has finally been released – and you can now download it after eight years of development by its huge team.
Update: Predictably, the site appears to have immediately crumbled under server strain. We’ll keep you updated as and when it’s back up. Update 2: You might have to try a few times, but the site appears to be back up!
Let’s take this really slowly as we all utter these words together. Black Mesa – the Source mod which recreates the original Half-Life in the Source Engine – has… been… released. Like, actually released.
The huge singleplayer mod – around eight hours long in this incarnation – takes everything before Xen in the original Half-Life and entirely recrafts it in the Source Engine. It’s a mod, rather than a standalone game, but it’s soon to be available via Steam if you require that for your PC gaming, and it only requires that you have the Source SDK installed. Half-Life 2 is not required. Plus it’s absolutely free!
Awesomely, its release time has been set to 08:48 New Mexico time – the time Gordon Freeman finally turned up for work on that fateful day.
What an epic undertaking this has been: announced, hyped up, delayed, delayed again, leaked, then silent for years, before recently emerging into the media again in an almost-finished state. Our delightful Joannes Truyens is currently playing through the thing, and he’ll be able to tell you what he thinks of it very soon. Watch this space.
But will you download it now, or wait until you’ve read Joannes’ thoughts? It’s time to choose, Gordon. It’s time to choose.