Half-Life remake is remade into a new remake

Black Mesa, a sprawling remake of the original Half-Life using Valve’s more modern Source engine, is now getting a remake of its own, with a team of modders looking to remake (undo?) the game in the original GoldSRC engine. from Half Life.

Considering that Black Mesa is a remake of the first Half-Life, at first glance it seems a bit pointless to turn Black Mesa back into the original Half-Life engine, mainly because that game already exists and is called… Half -Life. But that’s where things get tricky. While Black Mesa is technically a remake of Half-Life, it’s also much more than that. A team of dedicated modders worked on the project for almost 15 years (it was finally “done” in 2020) and even received an official blessing from Valve. Black Mesa took Half-Life and instead of just porting the game to a more modern engine, they redesigned many of the game’s levels and expanded on it in almost every way. Black Mesa is, for all intents and purposes, the definitive version of Half-Life.

It is that Black Mesa, the hugely ambitious project that in many ways is more Half-Life than the original Half-Life, that is being remade in Black Mesa Classic. With that in mind, the reason for the remake starts to make more sense. Turning Black Mesa into the original Half-Life engine means that players will be able to experience the allure of the visuals from the first Half-Life from 1998, albeit with updated level design and other improvements made to Black Mesa.

According to the mod’s Moddb page, one of the project’s main goals is to “push the boundaries of what’s possible within the GoldSRC engine, including detailed textures and a more realistic environment.” It’s also to breathe new life into Goldsrc, with Black Mesa Classic set to serve as a new base for the mod that will add new gameplay features while still maintaining the “classic” feel of Goldsrc.

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The project technically started in 2019, but as PC Gamer points out, a demo of the first level of the game was recently made available to players (only to be quickly removed due to a last-minute issue). Many of the updates on the mod’s Moddb page urge that the project is in desperate need of programmers, modelers, mappers, and animators, and that progress has “greatly stunted” lately and could soon stall due to lack. of developers in the project.

That would be a shame, because Black Mesa Classic is certainly ambitious, albeit in a completely different way than Black Mesa originally was. Black Mesa Classic does not have a release date, but we hope that the demo of the first level of the game will be available again soon.

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