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Black Mesa
August 18 - stormseeker

Dear Colleagues,

We here at Black Mesa, are pleased to announce our involvement in providing a large collection of assets and content to be used in Valve's Source Filmmaker as an official DLC!

Now that you can download the Black Mesa Content Pack DLC[www.sourcefilmmaker.com] directly through Source Filmmaker, we hope to see many more Headcrabs in top hats, Snarks holding tea parties and Gargantuas... well... smashing things. Needless to say, the opportunities for scientific exploration in this discipline are multitudinous. Just be sure, before creating your scientific masterpiece, you read our Video Policy Page[www.blackmesasource.com].

During early tests, we noticed some excellent results such as this, this and this or indeed this. Results we hope to see replicated during the 4th Annual Saxxy Awards[www.sourcefilmmaker.com]. Don't forget submissions for it are from 4pm on the 17th September until 4pm on the 24th September (PST), guidelines for those submissions can be read here[www.sourcefilmmaker.com]. There would be nothing better than to see part of the Black Mesa Facility in one of the winning entries (or even a part of a scientist). So, best of luck to all those who participate in the competition, and we hope that you enjoy using our content to further the causes of Science!

Dr D. Conagher,
Multispacial 3D and Audiovisual Branch
Sector B Quantum Optronics Division. (ULCR - 13)

November 19, 2013 - Comrade Badger

Happy Birthday Half-life!

HAPPY 15TH BIRTHDAY HALF-LIFE! We here at Black Mesa have some big news!

The Big News:
Last year, Black Mesa was one of the first Steam games to be Greenlit by you, our amazing fans. We've had quite a year since then, with a lot happening internally that we haven't been able to talk about... until now. Black Mesa has been given the opportunity to be sold as a retail product on Steam! This is an incredible honor - one we never expected - but also one we found hard to accept.

We never developed Black Mesa with money in mind. Our team is made up of average, hardworking people, and no one joined the team to make money. For us, Black Mesa is purely a labor of love. We believe this philosophy has significantly contributed to the overall quality and feel of the game.

Our decision to sell Black Mesa rests on two key points. One is we believe we can make the game even better by having full access to the Source engine. This lets us tackle and fix limitations instead of working around them. The second is because frankly, our team could really use the financial help.


The Plan:
Soon you'll see Black Mesa available on Steam for a relatively low price. But we aren't dropping all support for the free version. In fact shortly after the Steam release there will be a completely new free version of the game. We also plan to open source our maps and some game assets to the modding community!

Purchasing the Steam version of Black Mesa is more about supporting the team and our efforts than anything else. However, the Steam version will include features that the free version simply can not have. We will be paying careful attention to feedback, and you'll have a very real say in how the final game turns out.


Long-Term Plans and Xen:
We've been overwhelmed by fan anticipation for Xen, and we're excited so many people are eager to conclude the game. To be totally honest however, Xen is still a ways off. Over the past year, we have spent a HUGE amount of time porting the game to a new engine and fixing hundreds of bugs. The work to port to the new engine was not because of the decision to go retail, this was work that had to be done to get Black Mesa onto Steam and support our future plans.

So, please be patient with us as we work to make Xen a stunning and worthy conclusion to Black Mesa. Until Xen is completed, we have multiple interesting additions planned for the Steam version of Black Mesa, which we will announce later on down the road.

Thanks,
The Black Mesa Dev Team

September 5, 2013 - stormseeker

Recently there have been some false rumours going around about release dates for Black Mesa (on Steam).

Unless a release date is posted by an official Developer on the main Steam Greenlight page, Black Mesa's front page Black Mesa [blackmesasource.com] or our Forums [forums.blackmesasource.com], consider it false.

Thanks.

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