Black Mesa Soon To Be Charged For On Steam
Black Mesa – a fan made project / overhaul for the original Half-Life that has been going for nine years now will soon be available to buy on Steam. It certainly does sound suspicious at first to charge money for something that’s been available so far for free. The first ten hours of the game has been available to the public for some time now and I’ll leave the developers to speak for themselves as their words certainly carry a sense of validity:
“We never developed Black Mesa with money in mind,
Popular Articles Recent Articles
- You’ll Be Able To Play (Expensive) PS2 Games On Your PS4 Now | 2 months ago
- Jessica Jones Disempowers Its Male Characters And The Effect Is Refreshing | 2 months ago
- Hell Is 30 000 Deathclaws Tearing Through Boston And It’s Glorious | 2 months ago
- Sony Santa Monica Is Teasing Something Truly Strange | 2 months ago
Our team is made up of average, hard-working people, and no one joined the team to make money. For us, Black Mesa is purely a labour of love. We believe this philosophy has significantly contributed to the overall quality and feel of the game.
Our decision to sell Black Mesa rests on two key points. One is we believe we can make the game even better by having full access to the Source engine. This lets us tackle and fix limitations instead of working around them. The second is because, frankly, our team could really use the financial help.
Soon you’ll see Black Mesa available on Steam for a relatively low price. But we aren’t dropping all support for the free version. In fact shortly after the Steam release there will be a completely new free version of the game. We also plan to open source our maps and some game assets to the modding community!
Purchasing the Steam version of Black Mesa is more about supporting the team and our efforts than anything else. However, the Steam version will include features that the free version simply can not have. We will be paying careful attention to feedback, and you’ll have a very real say in how the final game turns out.”
I find this admirable. Keeping a free version available to the ones not wanting to cough up the cash and charging money for a version that has more features.
All Half-Life fan-infused words aside; this does seem like a clever move on the developer’s side and it definitely looks to be shaping up quite nicely.
What are your thoughts on this? Will you support these guys and buy it or go with the inferior free version?