Pcpp jan2010 02 Half Life Black Mesa drops September 14!

We’re about a week and a half away from the re-release of Half-Life, but this time it has better graphics, physics, and a slight change in storyline.  Best of all, it’s free!  Half-Life Black Mesa has been in the works for quite some time, and recently the project website posted a count-down clock notifying fans of the September 14 release date.

We’re about a week and a half away from the re-release of Half-Life, but this time it has better graphics, physics, and a slight change in storyline.  Best of all, it’s free!  Half-Life Black Mesa has been in the works for quite some time, and recently the project website posted a count-down clock notifying fans of the September 14 release date.

Valve allowed the Black Mesa team to re-create the original Half-Life, but the September 14 release won’t be the full game.  According to Carlos Montero, Black Mesa’s team leader, the developers want to give fans a taste of what’s to come instead of making them wait for the full version.

Pcpp jan2010 02 Half Life Black Mesa drops September 14!

In the upcoming partial release, players will be able to play much of the original Lambda Core storyline, and according the devs, it’ll have about 10 hours’ worth of gameplay.

The modified section of Half-Life, which doesn’t have a release date just yet, reportedly involves an expanded alien dimension called Xen portion.

“Development on Xen is already underway and we hope to have it finished up in a reasonable timeframe. Xen is going to basically be a complete game in its own right, it’s not going to be just an epilogue to the game; more of a whole new chapter. It’ll be pretty well expanded,” according to the Black Mesa team.

Black Mesa is perhaps regarded as fans attempting to rectify the half-hearted remake of the original Half-Life by Valve in 2004.  We’re all hoping that Black Mesa’s team of 40 developers made use of the last eight years.

Update: Apologies for the confusions.  Valve ported Half-Life to the updated Source engine and re-released it in 2004.  Half-Life 2 was also released in 2004 using the Source engine, too.  Hope that clears things up somewhat.