The Crowbar Collective has been working on Black Mesa for years now. Originally a free mod, the Half-Life 1 remake has now been available on Steam for quite some time, although it has remained in an early access state. Now, we are closer than ever to a full launch, with the Xen chapters finally set to be released.
Most of Black Mesa has been available for a while now but ‘Project Xen’, a restoration of the Xen sections of the game, has been kept out. There have been several delays to the Xen chapters but a beta is due for “imminent public release” according to IGN’s preview.
Once the beta is out, the Black Mesa team can work out any final bugs and bring the game out of early access, possibly before the end of 2019. At that point, you will be able to play the entirety of Half-Life 1 in remastered/remade form.
Black Mesa first launched into Steam early access back in 2015. The Xen chapters were initially due out in 2017 but were pushed back a couple of times while the team continued additional work.
KitGuru Says: I’ve been looking forward to Black Mesa’s full release for a long time now. It has been a long journey but it looks like we are finally near the end of it. Have any of you picked up Black Mesa while it is in early access? Are you looking forward to the Xen chapters finally dropping?