Black Mesa: Definitive Edition Goes Live Today

Huge amounts of polish and art updates, improved performance and more coming in the final update.


Black Mesa

Crowbar Collective has had a long journey with Black Mesa, its remake of Valve’s Half-Life that released to critical acclaim earlier this year. The team has continued polishing the title and has announced its final major update – the Definitive Edition. It goes live today for all current owners, free of cost.

The Definitive Edition brings a large amount of polish and updates to the art along with “significant” optimizations for performance on lower-end PCs. “Power Up” has seen a lighting and gameplay pass while “On A Rail” (map B) has been completely redesigned. There’s also full workshop support and closed captions (with translations) for Spanish, English, French, German, etc.

There are still some known issues with the game (like female scientists not healing the player) and the developer also has to release map source files. But with this update, Black Mesa is well and truly finished. For fans of Half-Life and quality first person shooters, it’s well worth checking out. Read our review here for more details.

Highlights of the Definitive Edition

  • Massive polish and art updates throughout the game
  • Complete lighting and gameplay pass to the chapter “Power Up”
  • Complete redesign of second “On A Rail” map (map B)
  • Significant optimizations across the whole game that will improve performance on low to mid range PCs
  • Outdoor art passes for “We’ve Got Hostiles”, “On A Rail”, “Questionable Ethics”, “Surface Tension”, and “Forget About Freeman”

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