New Black Mesa screenshots released; still no release date

Many gamers are apparently interested in the fate of Black Mesa. This free game project has been in the works for years as a group of volunteers has been trying to recreate the entire Half-Life game from Valve with the updated Source engine. Today, the project's Facebook page released a number of new screenshots, showing off new gameplay from Black Mesa.

The screenshots were released as part of the team's promise to offer new media if their Facebook page reached the 20,000 "Like" mark. The screenshots, such as the one above, show actual gameplay from Black Mesa, including some impressive looking creature shots.

The screenshots are some of the first significant media updates for Black Mesa since the team released an impressive looking trailer way back in 2008. The trailer said that the game would be released in 2009 but that deadline came and went with no game and, more importantly, no information from the team.

Earlier this year, Rock Paper Shotgun posted an interview with Black Mesa's project lead Carlos Montero, who described the efforts that he and the team have gone through to complete the game. When asked when the final game would be completed, Montero said, "We’re working very hard to get something out to our fans in the soon-ish timeframe. I really won’t say anything more than that."

Source: Black Mesa Facebook page

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I'd love to see the new HL1 Black Mesa project screenshots, but NO WAY will I join that black mess that is Facebook to do so.

I've played and really enjoyed HL1 (and more so HL2 + its Episodes) for years, both still installed with occasional re-visits, plus frequent HL1 & HL2 multiplayer sessions. Guess I'm just olde skool....

Kickstarter, that's actually a good idea, should have enough support and they're far enough a long to make it happen I would think...

It's been delayed for what, three or four years now? I have little faith in them completing it any time soon. However, surely this would be an ideal project for Kickstarter? They could raise money and start working on it full time.

This game is never going to see the light of day. That's the conclusion I came to two years ago. It hasn't changed.

If they ever actually release this, I'm all over it! However, I have little faith that it will....I think HL2E3/HL3 will release sooner wait and see I guess.

I don't mind the wait, a good game is still good regardless of when it's released.

I see other people complaining and saying they won't play it, well good for them.

Xerxes said,
If they ever actually release this, I'm all over it! However, I have little faith that it will....I think HL2E3/HL3 will release sooner wait and see I guess.

I'll play it but it's a shame it's going to feel about as old as hl1 when it's actually released. Has the source engine been updated that much in the last year or two? If so, I hope they have taken advantage of it's improvements later on in their development.