Black Mesa

Half-Life fans received a special holiday gift earlier this week, as the fan-made remake Black Mesa received its final major Early Access content update.

The final ‘Xen’ levels officially released in their final form on December 24, after a public beta earlier in the month aimed to iron out the final bugs.

The update takes the game to its 0.9 version, with the development team planning further minor fixes and final technical alterations for the 1.0 launch early in 2020.

‘Xen’ brings the core development of Black Mesa to an end after  more than four years. The game is a remake of 1998’s acclaimed Half-Life, with ‘Xen’ being a wholly new chapter that brings the total estimated play time to 15 hours.

Black Mesa is currently on sale as part of the Steam Winter Sale.

Meanwhile, Valve officially announced the next chapter in the series last month, with Half-Life: Alyx being a VR spin-off taking place between the first and second games.

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