Black Mesa is probably one of the longest existing large fan projects related to video games. The beginnings of this ambitious project go back to the middle of the previous decade, and its creators set themselves the goal of creating a complete remake of the original Half-Life from scratch. After many years of waiting, Crowbar Collective team has just announced that the title has just entered its final testing phase and its latest beta version finally offers the opportunity to complete the full story campaign. It contains all the final chapters of Half-Life, including those played out in the Xen dimension, the arrival of which has been postponed many times for various reasons.
In addition to completing Gordon Freeman's first adventure, the new beta introduces a number of technical fixes and patches to improve the game performance and remove minor errors or omissions. Details about them can be found here. In order to play the beta, we must own Black Mesa on Steam and choose in the game options to access the trial version of the game in the client. The commercial edition of Black Messa appeared on Steam in 2015 and has been developed since then in the early access program. According to the developers' plans, the final version of the title is expected to be released at the beginning of next year.
- Black Mesa on Steam
- Black Mesa - official website