Half-Life Remake Black Mesa Hits Another Delay

Image: Crowbar Collective

Wait, wait, wait... wasn't Black Mesa released a few years ago? Technically yes, but also no. The current version of the long-developed remake does not include the Xen levels of the original game (and everything that follows) and it's this content that's been delayed until... a date in the future.

A post by Crowbar Collective's Adam Engels, entitled "Bad News, Good News", explains the reasons for the delay:

We are truly sorry for getting everyone's hopes up and then delaying... again. We worked very hard to make December, but we are not yet ready. As a team, we take FULL responsibility for that. We have an internal deadline we are confident in, and we will be getting everyone more details as we get closer to that date.

Engels goes on to say that "Xen has proven to be an enormous undertaking" and "it is proving to take longer than we estimated". On the bright side, the developer did share some screenshots and information about the various engine upgrades going into Xen, including god rays, image-based ambient lighting and dynamic lights.

Image: Crowbar Collective

Not much else to do except wait, which I'm sure everyone's pretty good at by now.

Bad News, Good News [Steam]


    In their defence, on their website from way back before it was on steam they clearly stated 'it will be done when its done' lol
    I think the fact that you could play this for free gives them some leeway to be a bit late if they wanted :P

      You could? I paid for it.

      Still, when I bought it I knew full well that Xen wasn't finished, and they were upfront that they wouldn't release it until they were happy with it. I mean, it's a remake of a Valve project - it wouldn't be true to the source material if they didn't stick to Valve-time as well.

        Yeh, it was originally launched as a free mod prior to Green light, you can still download the files from the BM:S/MODDB website but IIRC (dont hold me to this) the steam version has better 'modern' support as its easier to patch and maintain so it can make purchasing it worthwhile.
        Once Xen is released I will probably buy it from steam too and play HL1 for the 10,000,000th time :D

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