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Black Mesa Goes Commercial

The Black Mesa Forums celebrate the 15th anniversary of the release of Half-Life with the news that Black Mesa, their Source-engine remake of the shooter, is coming to Steam as a commercial release (thanks Eurogamer). Here's the announcement:

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.

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51. Re: Black Mesa Goes Commercial Nov 21, 2013, 10:52 Beamer
 
Wesp5 wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 08:36:
Redmask wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 07:27:
It isn't realistic or fair to argue that Valve did not contribute significant value...

I never argued that Valve didn't contribute significant value, of course Portal is a much better and polished game than Nabarcular Drop. But in the end Valve relies on outside projects almost completely right now! They don't do anything on their own that hasn't been tested and found successful by some community already. And all of them are rather small projects too, nothing over 5 hours playtime since HL2. For me this is playing it completely on the safe side while living from Steam alone. Almost as if they fear that HL:EP3 would fail for expectations like DNF did...

Oh, and like the first commenter here, I am so angry at Valve because I want HL:EP3 :)!

Well, ignoring that everything outside the original Portal is well over 5 hours of gameplay, and ignoring that Nabarcular Drop and Portal have very little in common, with one being an ugly game that didn't have many puzzles and the other being a classic that instantly gave us The Cake is a Lie, Still Alive, and GladOS, all of whom are referenced to this day, and ignoring that Valve is by far the largest PC-centric independent developer and that those game developers are most likely doing something despite what many people here keep claiming, it just shows a complete lack of understanding into how games are designed and how really any business works, period.

Here, let me apply your argument to other industries:
  • I don't get why Google gets so much credit for Android. Android Inc. made Android, Google just bought it! Sure, they fixed it and made it a modern OS, but still, Google stole that idea from the community using a lot of money and hiring the brains behind it and putting them in leadership roles!

  • I don't get why people say the Red Sox won the World Series. David Ortiz is what made them win, and he wasn't even drafted by the Red Sox! The Twins drafted him! They did all the work! Sure, they let him go, and it wasn't until he became a Red Sock that he started playing like a superstar, but still, the Sox are just taking credit for what the Twins did!]*

    Silly, no?
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