It seems like solely yesterday that Half-Life remake Black Mesa was a joke. The very best-profile vaporware of the Supply modding group. That factor had been milling round since 2005. No person thought it could ever really come out. I keep in mind feeling correctly shook when finally did in 2012, seven years later.
Besides, it wasn’t precisely performed. Crowbar Collective have been attempting to determine Xen, Half-Life’s infamous final chapter, for nearly so long as the Earth bits had been in growth. With at present’s Gonarch chapter getting into public beta, it bought a little bit bit nearer to completion.
It’s not too stunning that the alien world is taking so lengthy. Xen was all the time a little bit of a garbage (if at the very least fascinating) closing chapter for Half-Life. Crowbar Collective have spent a very long time reimagining what a greater model of it may seem like..
We bought our first at how they suppose Gordon Freeman’s first outing ought to have ended with the primary Xen Public Beta. Far faraway from the naked void-borne polygons of the unique, Black Mesa’s xen is a lush, if a little bit acquainted alien world bursting with life.
That beta opened up a second chapter at present. It’s time to dive into the Gonarch’s Lair – your favorite disgusting crab mother is again. Even with the musty orange glow hanging about, it’s recognisable as the identical cliff edge you encountered the large nasty on over 20 years in the past. The Gonarch itself hasn’t modified in design or behaviour, however I’m undecided I wanted to see that dangling egg sac in HD.
Black Mesa’s Gonarch beta may be checked out over on Steam, beginning at present. There are a couple of bugs and points to remember, and Crowbar Collective suggest you don’t pull in an outdated save. You will discover the total record of additives, recognized errors and extra over on the Steam announcement post.
With Earthbound and Gonarch checked off the record, Xen can be solely three extra chapters away from completion.