The long awaited fan remake of Half-Life known as Black Mesa has arrived on Steam early-access, after a website began a cryptic countdown. Part one launched back in 2012, while the new version is available for $19.99, with no additional chapters beyond the Lambda Core. However, multiplayer deathmatch with six, “completely re-imagined Half-Life 1 maps” included.
The Crowbar Collective has announced that fans are free to contribute to the release, and expressed their thanks in a statement.
Back in 2012 we made the decision to release what we had completed up to that point, and were blown away by the community’s response, feedback, and improvements to our work. We want to keep that relationship alive and well by using Early Access as a tool for allowing our community to participate in the final phase of Black Mesa’s development.
The developer has revealed that the game is 85% complete, although no definitive release date has been announced. When the game is completed, it will cost $24.99, while early-access customers receive all updates free.