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Black Mesa finally coming out after 10 years

Black Mesa

Black Mesa, the independent remake of Half-Life, is finally dropping next month on PC. The indie remake of the iconic Valve shooter will be launched on March 5th for PC.  Valve founder Gabe Newell once said that there was a certainty of a fan remake of the original Half-Life. The indie developer headed by Adam Engels, Crowbar Collective, has been plugging away at the game for the past several years.

“As I write this, I am realizing that we plan to FINISH Black Mesa exactly 14 years to the month from when I first joined the team. 14 years working on a single project, with a dedicated team, that had a vision, and saw it through,” said Engels. “Through luck, hard work, and maybe a bit of ignorance we didn’t shy away from our goal of bringing this game to completion. We are proud of what we built. We think this upcoming 1.0 release is the best, most polished, and most fun version of the game yet. The anticipation and excitement around our project is beyond flattering.”

The team admits that the project is a labor of love and that it may never be perfect. Crowbar Collective will continue to work on the game post-launch by issuing patches with bug fixes and more,” and that “it will never be a perfect game.” The developer went on to say that they still poured their hearts into the game, but that the sheer amount of opinions and interpretations out there surrounding the source material will lead to Black Mesa never really being considered perfect.

“This is not to downplay, or make excuses, but as the person who drafts most of these media posts, I think it is important to break away from the marketing and the ‘hype’. Before Astroneer launched, they made a blog post about managing expectations for their game, and it really resonated with me, and inspired me to someday write a post like this one. We are super excited to have Black Mesa be ‘complete’, but acknowledge it is not perfect and won’t ever be perfect.”

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Black Mesa will launch on March 5th for PC.

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