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Black Mesa native port coming and Early Access

Black Mesa now on Early Access and will be coming to Linux and Mac

Black Mesa, the fan-made Half Life 1 remake from a few years ago, made a Steam debut. Taking place just days after its Black Mesa Research Facility website #launched a mysterious countdown.

The conversion mod for Half-Life, was originally launched in late 2012. Available for free and only required the source SDK from Valve to play.

Now the new version of Black Mesa is priced at $20 / £15 on Steam Early Access , which does not include story chapters beyond Lambda Core. So you can expect all-new music, voice acting, choreography and added dialogue give way to a more expansive and immersive experience than ever before. In a nutshell, play Half-life the way we think it was meant to be played!

Black Mesa also comes with new additions on Steam, including multiplayer deathmatch and team deathmatch, featuring six “completely re-imagined Half-Life 1 maps.”


  • Play for FREE! You need not purchase anything!
  • 8-10 Hours of single-player gameplay, up to the Lambda Core chapter.
  • Feast your eyes on over 2,000 custom Models and 5,000 custom textures – more than HL2!
  • Experience over 2,000 choreographed scenes and over 6,500 lines of dialogue from all new voice acting!
  • Subtitles in English, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian, German, and Finnish!
  • Immerse yourself in an all new soundtrack and over 2,300 custom sound effects!
  • Feel the impact of custom systems such as the Face Creation System, Custom Gib System, Deathcam and more

The starting maps include dm_chopper, dm_tension, and dm_office. Full integration with Steam Workshop means the community can also contribute their own levels to Black Mesa’s multiplayer mode.

Why is the game is on Early Access? The developers, known as the Crowbar Collective have replied:

“Making a game with the scope and scale of Black Mesa is a massive undertaking. Back in 2012 we made the decision to release what we had completed up to that point, and were blown away by the community’s response, feedback, and improvements to our work. We want to keep that relationship alive and well by using Early Access as a tool for allowing our community to participate in the final phase of Black Mesa’s development.”

Crowbar Collective have mentioned that Black Mesa’s single-player campaign is somewhere around 85% complete. No ETA given for the last, “We feel it will take us considerable time to get the last 15% up to our standards,” according to developers.

When Mesa reaches 100%, the full price will be $25. But if you buy now in Early Access, all the additional updates will be free, of course.

When Black Mesa was looking for votes on Steam Greenlight, the developers promised a “completely new free version of the game,” and recently the forums confirmed Mac and Linux versions are in the works. No timeline yet but we will keep you updated.

Check out the Black Mesa official website and get in on the forums.

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