This Xen teaser for Black Mesa is a promising start


These folks know what they’re doing

The last time we spoke about Black Mesa, the fan-made Half-Life remake, it had to do with Xen. This time, we’re also talking about Xen. And next time, I’m willing to bet, we’ll still be going on about Xen.

Today’s news is a progress update on the not-fondly-remembered alien setting. Black Mesa is beloved for not just being a point-for-point recreation of Valve’s iconic game, but instead for re-imagining the original spirit of Half-Life while also striving to rethink elements when the situation calls for it. Needless to say, it’s going to be real interesting to see Xen through the lens of Crowbar Collective.

“Currently our specific focus is on gameplay: crafting a fun and cohesive experience from start to finish,” reads a developer post. “We want our version of Xen to feel like it really belongs with the rest of the game in terms of mechanics, cohesion and progression. But we also want to push the boundaries and explore this unique and varied setting; to build an experience that feels both fresh and familiar to players from all walks of Half-Life veterancy. While our Xen is certainly going to be gorgeous, we are first and foremost really committed to making sure that the gameplay works on every level.”

It’s looking nice, though I don’t know if that was ever in question.

“We will have more media for the community in the coming months, as well as more detailed updates as to how we are progressing. Right now we are up against a tough deadline [summer 2017], but we are committed and excited to work towards it and to finally unveil the definitive Black Mesa experience for everyone to enjoy.”

Xen Holiday Screenshot [Steam]