On the 19th of November 15 years ago the gaming world was changed by the project that remains iconic for developers and players even in the new millennium. We are sure you have guessed that we are talking about Half-Life. And to celebrate this date, the Black Mesa game becomes the commercial project.
We would like to remind you that Black Mesa is the newest version of the first Half-Life that was redesigned using Valve's Source engine and released last autumn. More details about this ambitious project can be found in our review. Till today Black Mesa game was free, because, as yesterday the developers told in their message on the official forum: "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."
But times are changing, and now Black Mesa game is coming to Steam as a commercial product that will be using the newer version of the Source engine. "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."
However, the developers assure that Black Mesa will have a "relatively low price" and they won't stop supporting the game's free version. Also Black Mesa team is going to "open source our maps and assets to the modding community."
So if you are a real fan of the Half-Life series, then you obviously should buy the Black Mesa game in order to say thanks to the people, who, instead of Valve, are still working on this great title. If you can't share a couple of dollars, then just wait until the new free Black Mesa version.