Xen and the art of Black Mesa updates

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2018 - 03:04 PM |
Tagged: half life, xen, black mesa, source engine, mod, gaming

The gang behind the porting of the original Half Life to the Source Engine have just released a trailer of the most frustrating part of the original game, the trip to Xen.  Due for release some time next year, the trailer below shows off just how much better everything looks when moved to an updated game engine.  You can enjoy the experience of screaming in frustration at a much higher resolution Gonarch now; it looks like perhaps they borrowed a part of the new Red Dead Redemption's physics model to make the beasty even more disturbing to look at.

Whatever you do, do not not visit Steam today.  Do not take advantage of the 60% off Black Mesa currently being applied, as it will be very dangerous to even think about Steam for the next few days!

"They also say that they’re now planning to add the Xen chapter in 2019, some time from March to the end of June, so that’s three-ish years after the early access debut of its terrestrial chapters. I am pleased with how alive parts look."

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Source: Steam

The view of Xen from the Source

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2018 - 04:23 PM |
Tagged: gaming, half life, black mesa, mod, source engine

The strange story of Black Mesa continues, with over half of the Xen levels now completed.  The port of Half Life 1 to the Source engine was first announced over a decade ago and was finally release, as a free mod, in 2012.  The initial release ended before the Xen levels and did not require you to own any of the previous games.  The project expanded into Crowbar Collective and not too long ago they switched from a free game to launch a Steam pre-order/early access version which cost actual money.  This decision upset some, while others hoped it meant that Black Mesa would get even better.    The Xen levels are now approaching completion and the games tentative 2018 release is drawing close.

You can grab the game from Steam, where it is currently 60% off thanks to the current sale or you can just read about it over at Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN and consider leaving nasty notes about Crowbar Collective's actions over the past 10+ years.

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"Of the five chapters that make up the Xen part of the game, two are in the final spit n’ polish phase, two are in the late stages of development, mostly just needing art assets created and installed onto the map framework, and one chapter, Interloper, is being saved for last, with the entire team planning on finishing it up as their final piece of work on the game."

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