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WhiteZero May 6, 2015 @ 11:34am
**OLD FAQ** Got questions? Read this first!
New FAQ by the Devs is located here

OLD Frequently Asked Questions
This thread is about the game in general, not technical support issues. I'll update it as needed.

Table of Contents
  • Does this release include Xen?
  • What is new for this Steam release?
  • They said Black Mesa mod would be free! Why are they charging for it now?!
  • Will the mod be updated with Xen and other features when its finished?
  • Why charge $20 for an unfinished game?
  • Will it be ported to Source 2 engine?
  • Will non-English translation be available?
  • Where are the Uncut chapters?
  • Mac and Linux Support?
  • Where can I get the Soundtrack?
  • Opposing Force and Blue Shift remake?
  • Is there a multiplayer Co-Op campaign?

Does this release include Xen?
No, the Xen chapter is not finished. According to the developers, Xen is going through an almost complete redesign to help it flow better and also massively expand the chapter. At this time there is no estimate date for when Xen will be complete. Xen will be a free update for this retail release.

What is new for this Steam release?
From the Store page:

The Steam release of Black Mesa includes various fixes, upgrades, and new features since Black Mesa’s mod release.

Heavily updated single player experience – The Black Mesa single player experience has greatly improved from the mod release; new visuals, new voice over, updated gameplay encounters, stability changes and more. Xen is not part of the Steam release of Black Mesa, but will included as a free update when it is ready.
Black Mesa Multiplayer – Fight with or against your friends, in two game modes across six iconic maps from the Half-Life Deathmatch universe: Bounce, Gasworks, Lambdabunker, Stalkyard, Subtransit and Undertow.
Custom Modding Tools – Use the same tools the developers used to create your own mods, modes and maps for Black Mesa and Black Mesa Multiplayer …
Fully integrated Workshop – … and then share your work on the fully integrated workshop!
Complete Steam Integration – Collect trading cards, backgrounds, emoticons, achievements, and everything else you would expect out of a Steam integrated game.


They said Black Mesa mod would be free! Why are they charging for it now?!
The mod is still free. You can download it from the Black Mesa homepage[www.blackmesasource.com]. The decision to have a retail release was announced back in 2013[forums.blackmesasource.com], after permission was given by Valve. The news of this was syndicated through various gaming news websites as well.

The Steam release is not the same as the mod (this is not a "paid mod"), it is infact a Standalone release on its own customized Source Engine, referred to by the developers as the "Franken-Engine," as it consists of the various releases of Source over the years from different games.


Developer statement on the engine and the mod vs standalone:

- The free version cannot integrate with Steam. This requires a steamworks license from valve. This means the free version could never have workshop integration (for example).
- We have made numerous optimizations and changes to the engine with the retail version of Black Mesa. This is impossible to do with the free version of the game because engine code is not given out. This also makes it pretty difficult for us to fix any engine bugs that aren't caused by us.
- Cool features like the character customization system would be extremely difficult to implement in the free version of the game as VALVe does not ship the gameui code with this SDK. The customizer also has some hooks in other parts of the engine which the free version doesn't have access to.


Will the mod be updated with Xen and other features when its finished?
Xen will be Steam version only. Xen will be developed with features requiring the newer engine used in the Steam release and is thus incompatible with the mod version. Aside from bug fixing, development on the mod is complete. Source[forums.blackmesasource.com]

Developer quote with some details:
There are technical things we want to do with Source that are not possible without a [retail] license. We cannot modify the rendering system with the free version of the mod. We cannot modify the BSP format to add in additional lighting data. We cannot optimize slower parts of the engine for vistas we'd like to display to the player as they progress through Xen. I can go on and on. We are going to do everything in our power to make Xen an incredible part of Black Mesa.

Why charge $20 for an unfinished game?
This is the nature of Early Access. You pay for the game now, get access to the current unfinished game plus updates as they are available, and access to the finished game when released (including Xen). It is intended to support the developer as they work on the game.

Will it be ported to Source 2 engine?
Almost certainly not.

Will non-English translation be available?
Yes, official translations of other languages for text in the game will be provided later.

Where are the Uncut chapters?
They will be released on the Workshop in the near future. Source

Mac and Linux Support?
Yes, the developers have stated that Mac and Linux support are coming. They have an internal build on both platforms. Release date is not set at this time.

Where can I get the Soundtrack?
Soundcloud Stream[soundcloud.com]
Free Download and Donate[www.joelnielsen.com]
iTunes[itunes.apple.com]
Google Music
Spotify[open.spotify.com]

Opposing Force and Blue Shift remake?
The Black Mesa developers have no plans to remake Opposing Force or Blue Shift. There are projects by other modders to remake those:
Operation: Black Mesa
Guard Duty

Is there a multiplayer Co-Op campaign?
There are currently no plans for an official co-op mode. The only multiplayer mode currently is Deathmatch/Team Deathmatch. The developers have encouraged the community to make their own co-op mod and publish it on the Workshop. Source
Last edited by WhiteZero; Sep 28 @ 7:42am
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Hiss May 6, 2015 @ 11:54am 
It is only confirmed that there will be a new free version shortly after the Steam release.
WhiteZero May 6, 2015 @ 12:09pm 
Originally posted by Hiss:
It is only confirmed that there will be a new free version shortly after the Steam release.
Thats the idea. Waiting on a clear statement from the Devs though.
_Floob_ May 6, 2015 @ 12:35pm 
Very helpfull. This deserves a sticky.

WhiteZero May 6, 2015 @ 12:52pm 
Originally posted by BunnySlippers:
Very helpfull. This deserves a sticky.
Lets just hope it cuts down on superfluous threads!
WhiteZero May 7, 2015 @ 5:43am 
Added some info on the engine and the mod vs standalone.
Gwynbled May 7, 2015 @ 5:52am 
sticky
WhiteZero May 7, 2015 @ 7:59am 
Still adding and tweaking
Jocular Josh May 7, 2015 @ 8:00am 
Awesome thread, good work so far WhiteZero!
Engerston May 7, 2015 @ 10:00am 
Great idea, but it will reduce stupid threads only by 10% (people making this threads don't read FAQa, other similar threads)
Huntrag94 May 7, 2015 @ 10:20am 
do you think they'll update the flashlight in game for it's still bad like it was in the free version where it hardly lights up dark areas?
Hiss May 7, 2015 @ 10:32am 
Originally posted by Igoreso:
Regarding Xen:
http://forums.blackmesasource.com/index.php/Thread/27878-Steam-Early-Access-release-questions/?postID=606936#post606936

Ok, so it is confirmed, that Xen will be Steam only.
Dr.Freeman May 7, 2015 @ 11:45am 
Whats the better - HIGH hdr or EXPANDED hdr? better means "higher"
LiquidBronze May 7, 2015 @ 11:47am 
Please add the info about the 2 uncut maps ST and OAR, they will be made available via the workshop soon
Last edited by LiquidBronze; May 7, 2015 @ 11:48am
subATOMIC May 7, 2015 @ 11:52am 
Thank you for putting this together.
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