Black Mesa has morphed from a fan project to a full-fledged standalone PC game. Eight years after its release as a Half-Life 2 mod, the remake of the original Half-Life is now officially out.
If you’ve been following this project since the beginning – like me – then you probably already know that it started as a humble fan-made mod. The mod was available for free, and it did so well that Valve eventually greenlit a commercial release.
The standalone game – which does not require Half-Life 2 to play – first became available in Steam Early Access back in 2015. Now, developer Crowbar Collective has taken the game out of Early Access and released version 1.0. More updates are planned, including various tweaks, but it’s now a “finished” product with an official launch.