Black Mesa is considered one of the best mods ever released on the PC. Although the mod has not been completed yet, Valve has made an offer to the development team that could not be refused. Therefore, a paid version of Black Mesa will be coming to Steam. This new version will be powered by a new game engine and will be hitting Steam really soon.
As the team revealed:
“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.”
The team also plans to release the Xen section – that was missing from Black Mesa – in the near future, though it will take sometime until we get our hands on it. Xen will come to the free version of Black Mesa, or at least that’s the plan.
Enjoy and stay tuned for more!