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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November 28, 2018 | 10:55 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Hmm I just uninstalled Black Mesa the other day because I needed the drive space for Destiny 2 and had resigned myself to never seeing the Xen part added lol. So now you have to buy the mod through Steam to get the second part? Wasn't the original release free and launched outside of Steam or somethng? It's been so long I can't remember heh.

November 29, 2018 | 02:28 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

It did start out free, but they moved to Steam fairly recently because Gaben needs your moneys!

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