Black Mesa Xen in Q2 2019

An update from the Black Mesa team on Steam celebrates the 20th anniversary of Half-Life with a new trailer with the first look at the Xen chapters in this remake of the original Half-Life (thanks RedEye9). Xen was the (spoiler alert) Half-Life endgame that departed earth, and the clip shows off the otherworldly environments of the planet as well as some gameplay reminding us of the game's platforming, shooting climax. Word is the Xen content is expected in the first half of next year: "To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Half-Life, the long awaited final chapters of Black Mesa are shown in motion for the first time! Xen is targeted for release in Q2 2019."

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chickenboo wrote on Nov 19, 2018, 12:37:
I'm as anti-Pre-Purchase as they come. I tend to avoid Early Access titles and prefer playing the game on official release in the state the developers intended the game to be played as v1.0. Last year, however, I caved on Black Mesa: it was like $8.49 and I wanted a new playthrough of HL1. It blew me away how great it was, though! They really captured the spirit of the original, only fire fights are better now, the visuals improved, the AI somehow even fiercer. The moment I got to the city street level with the army fighting the Xen creatures and being caught in the crossfire, I was convinced, the team behind this game know what they're doing.

I don't regret this Early Access purchase, even though it goes against my personal views of not to buy until it's done. I'm also eagerly awaiting Xen, as I personally enjoyed those levels of the original game. This trailer makes it look great and I fully intend on playing through Xen on the big screen TV, Steam Controller in hand, all lights off.

Honestly you just reminded me that the AI was probably the weakest aspect of this and it's not entirely surprising as AI is one of the trickier aspects to duplicate of a previous game made by top professionals. The AI in Black Mesa was kind of weak.
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