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What is Black Mesa Xen? Why Does it Matter?

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Patreon : https://www.patreon.com/valvenewsnetwork Watch my Streams : http://www.twitch.tv/valvenewsnetwork Steam Group : http://steamcommunity.com/groups/VNN Today on Valve News Network, we take a look at some recent news related to Black Mesa's long awaited Xen remake, how why it matters in the grand scheme of things. Music by tj technoiZ My Social Media : Twitter : https://twitter.com/ValveNewsNetwor Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/valvenewsnetwork/ Waffler Weekly : goo.gl/Fm28Ge
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hytlerson (10 hours ago)
So, realistically, 2 more years.
CaptainPositron (4 days ago)
It baffles me as to why they did that Xen deadline that they missed. It is quite apparent that they were never close to a release at all during that time.
Love Nordahl (5 days ago)
we will have half life 3 before a complete black mesa
Love Nordahl (3 days ago)
no one of those will be completed xD
grafimir Gmr (4 days ago)
Doubt it...
flobbingdonkey (6 days ago)
I first saw the trailer for black mesa when i was in my early years at university. The internet was still in its infancy, youtube wasnt really a "thing", and most of my friends had only just discovered online deathmatch as they were all console drones and therefore thought goldeneye had invented the genre. Fast forward to today and im in my mid 30s. My friends have mostly got married, no one plays computer games anymore except for me, and they all have kids whereas i do not. And i still dont have this game to play. Life fucking sux!
julius pagibig (7 days ago)
THIS SHIT IS DEAD. JUSTLIKEHL3
grafimir Gmr (4 days ago)
Half-Life 3 isn't dead... So isn't this... You can't say that it is until we have official confirmation.
PROJECT Y (9 days ago)
it sucks. it has bugs. the vortigons stand still. hate it
grafimir Gmr (4 days ago)
I seriously don't know if this is a joke or not...
Chappy (10 days ago)
Awe love you too
Matthew Parker (12 days ago)
I'm pleased the team is taking their time to make a great game, i'm just fed up of false promises. Had enough of that from Valve.
Divergent Droid (12 days ago)
I wont use the DRM laden Steam but I will Happily download the game Again ON TORRENTS with Xen once they finish it. - It's The Only way to play the Free game without being subject to DRM and draconian tactics of corrupt companies. I bought the Orange version on CD way before forcing kids to use their parents bandwidth (Which IS actually Illegal) was a thing. Companies get away with Crap because people Don't know The Law. Well I'm 50 I don't need my parents permission. F You steam.
grafimir Gmr (4 days ago)
Umm... I couldn't understand the whole comment and basicly, what I did understand is that you are going to pirate the game instead of buying it. Any reason why? You already bought the Orange Box, from what I understood.
MC Brahs (12 days ago)
Valve Fans and Waluigi Fans, we all suffer together, but we can overcome and maybe one day, 50 years from now, they might do something to appease our woes
grafimir Gmr (4 days ago)
What the heck does Waluigi have to do with Valve?
Bruce HC (13 days ago)
I wouldn't be half surprised if, when everyone finally decided that half life 3 wont release, Valve releases it.
Yuri on Edge (13 days ago)
I remember when Xen was supposed to be released in December 2017...
SEX-POSITIVE GAMER (13 days ago)
Back in May, I created a kill compilation of every kill in the "Black Mesa" storyline -- minus Xen, obviously, since Xen wasn't released yet. Inexplicably people hated the video, which currently has more dislikes than likes -- but I figured this summer when Crowbar Collective was slated to released Xen, I'd create an updated kill compilation of "Black Mesa" (albeit this time in the style of John Wick, to see if it gets more love). Well, after watching this video, I don't think we can expect Xen anytime soon. Honestly, Xen doesn't even exist in my headcanon, since Xen's gameplay is too crappy for me to want to play anyway!
SEX-POSITIVE GAMER (3 days ago)
True, but the fact that the team has needed so much time to polish the original turd might indicate that the turd is... un-polish-able.
grafimir Gmr (4 days ago)
Umm... You are saying that the original Xen is too crappy. You do realize that the developers of Black Mesa are completely redoing the whole Xen chapters, right?
Tom Draper (14 days ago)
So do you have any estimates like one or two months after the end of summer?
Tom Draper (3 days ago)
cool cool
grafimir Gmr (4 days ago)
He is not behind the game...
kRzplayer (14 days ago)
Can't wait! :D
loomman529 (14 days ago)
I doubt this will release, guys. I mean, I want to be wrong, but I don't know.
grafimir Gmr (3 days ago)
You already are wrong, it will be released. People doubted that this would work since the original 2006 leaks... 6 years later, we got a mod version, something people never imagined that would become, years ago. So yes, it WILL release.
Alex Martinelli (14 days ago)
half - life, a game in goldsrc engin now in source engine, WELL GUESS WHAT, THERE'S HALF - LIFE: SOURCE!!! AND IT'S COME AFTER HL2!
Alex Martinelli (3 days ago)
yeah i know
grafimir Gmr (3 days ago)
The levels have been also changed. Especially Xen will also be changed alot.
Alex Martinelli (3 days ago)
grafimir Gmr i know, black mesa is hl1 in hd
grafimir Gmr (3 days ago)
It was buggy. Also, did you read my comment. If it wasn't buggy, THEN IT'S JUST A PORT. ITS NOTHING SPECIAL. HL1 SOURCE IS JUST HL1 WITH NOTHING CHANGED. BLACK MESA IS REIMAGINED. So... one is a port, the other is a full remake and stfu.
Alex Martinelli (3 days ago)
grafimir Gmr i played hl1 source and i didnt think thats buggy. So... Hl1 source is cool and stfu
Jeremy TerWisscha (14 days ago)
As much as I want them to make black mesa xen to be great there is NO excuse to exceed multiple promised deadlines for there release
Broken Website (14 days ago)
Lol i like the way the mod looked when i played it for free a while back but i refuse to pay for something like Black Mesa when its unfinished. They are simply trying to milk money by being slightly slower on purpose considering theyve been developing for MORE THAN A DECADE. Anyway once this is legit done ill probably pay for it and playthrough again to see new Xen.
grafimir Gmr (3 days ago)
I don't think you understand my point. The game is being developed by a team of people who loves the franchise just as much as we do. The game is being developed by THE COMMUNITY. Yes they earn money but that doesn't change much. They would earn more money if they rushed and finished faster but clearly they are taking their time to polish. They want to make a complete game before releasing it, unlike what happened with the original Half-Life. Xen was rushed and it disapointed most.
Broken Website (3 days ago)
grafimir Gmr you clearly dont understand then.
grafimir Gmr (3 days ago)
Umm, no they are not being slow on purpose. Do you think that they will get more money on being known as "THE DEVS WHO DONT FINISH THEIR GAME"? They will get more money after they finish the game. So no, they are not being slow.
A-V0RTEXAS X (15 days ago)
THEY'RE PULLING A VALVE!
Blodørn (15 days ago)
The Black Mesa campaign will be complete at the same time that Half-Life 3 is released. Fucking never.
grafimir Gmr (3 days ago)
You should be thankful since at least, we are getting updates and news on what is to become for this game, unlike with Valve about Half-Life for years.
TychoCaliFox (15 days ago)
Crossing my fingers hoping they add Mr. Friendly
UltimateEnd0 (17 days ago)
I have waited 6 years for this moment. I have held off playing Black Mesa.
Miiiiix (18 days ago)
*BLACK MESSA*
Strider Entertainment (18 days ago)
these bois going on about Incredibles 2 taking so long to make that never heard of this game
Zack Alklazaris (18 days ago)
I remembered this mod being made when I graduated high school in 2005. I've almost died twice since then and I stayed alive through raw determination of playing the full Black Mesa mod.
Jeff L Pearson II (18 days ago)
Black Mesa was awesome until the last update broke it for me on Linux
Starfals (18 days ago)
I like Xen, but i prefer it in the Expansions way more. :) Looks and feels better.
5ucAyman (18 days ago)
this got me exited
arcticridge (19 days ago)
I've been waiting all these years to release bloody xen just so I can hear their version of the G-Man at the end of the game, could care less about Xen itself.
julius pagibig (7 days ago)
arcticridge exactly my thoughts
cocopud (19 days ago)
Perhaps Christmas 2018, that would be a great crimbo prezzie 😁
jUppers (20 days ago)
that shit is still not done yet?
grafimir Gmr (3 days ago)
Just replay the original Xen missions. Now go back to this and look at all the news and stuff. You'll be thankfull that the team IS taking their time.
myfoothurtzzz (20 days ago)
just bought black mesa today
Toaster (20 days ago)
PC gamer is wrong? that isn’t new.
Matthew Steel (20 days ago)
As much I want to play Xen levels I rather not play it half finish or not fully ready where as you get bugs and lags or problems with Xen rather play it when its certain its ready.
MegaChickenfish (20 days ago)
It must be really difficult considering a lot of people find Xen to be the worst levels, so they want to somehow fix that without making them "not feel like Xen."
ThePlagueDoctor (20 days ago)
Sir, 2 years ago you talked about the VR test from Valve. What ever happened to that? LFD3 and HL3 and possibly Portal 3???
grafimir Gmr (3 days ago)
Dude, he isn't someone from Valve, he's just somebody like you discussing Valve stuff.
Wismic (20 days ago)
I quit wasting my breath on it being finished up about two Years ago. When it comes out, cool, I'll play it. But I don't care to keep sitting in anticipation to be honest.
Tamás Márk #GK (21 days ago)
I hope that the new episodes will have so great soundtrack like the Questionable Ethics (Joel Nielsen Black Mesa Soundtrack Questionable Ethics 1)
JiggyJab (21 days ago)
I love your channel so much. Every video you upload makes my day better.
Trainer Red (21 days ago)
Soo who's going to be first? Episode 3 or the Xen?
grafimir Gmr (3 days ago)
Episode 3 was cancelled. STOP SAYING IT!
I think xen
Mat (21 days ago)
at least they are trying to do it
Enile (22 days ago)
I love you too, man! Nice information!
Thomas Oakheart (22 days ago)
I loved On the Rails.
Digital Unity (23 days ago)
See they call it half life because they only complete half the remaining work on the next game every few years. Likewise, it's called portal because somewhere along the line it fell out of this dimension and into VR spinoff land.
NE0SPACE (23 days ago)
Well at least this isn't canceled, and isn't some stupid card game. Good job team, keep it up!
Admiral_M _10K (23 days ago)
It's been so long, we can wait a few more decades-erm- I mean years
grafimir Gmr (3 days ago)
We better do so it doesn't end up like Half-Life 1's Xen levels as they were rushed in order to get the game out in time.
Piero Minaya Rojas (23 days ago)
Maybe Gabe didn't want to make Half-Life 3 because it reminded him of Xen. And if the Black Mesa team releases a better Xen maybe Gabe actually makes a Half-Life 3...or maybe I'm just dreaming.
Frying1Pans (23 days ago)
They should release it on november 20th 2018 which would be half-life's 20th anniversary
Spyrelle (23 days ago)
This is why I've never bought Black Mesa; It's not finished, I won't buy it until it is.
warhammernerd52 (23 days ago)
Is it just me, or are there now Combine elements to Xen? If there is indeed Combine technology there, then that'd link up many more 'what-if' narratives
ManWithSpicyMemes (23 days ago)
I’m glad they’re taking their time. I don’t want a Hunt Down the Freeman 2: electric boogaloo.
Lone surivor 2135 (23 days ago)
Yahoo who the hell still uses Yahoo the only person I can think of is my dad
darkySp (23 days ago)
They better get Michael Shapiro to voice G-Man!
Covex (23 days ago)
Xen 3? oh lord
Zerghunter666 (24 days ago)
Love the keygen music in the background of the video.
Torcheeto (24 days ago)
Seriously people need to get on Black Mesa multiplayer... no one plays it anymore.
Tasos S. (24 days ago)
Well it seems that the G-man has put valve into stasis. Only and when only he gives the wake up call we are going to have half life 3.
HE1NZ (24 days ago)
So basically they need at least two more years.
RocketPhoenix (24 days ago)
Yes
Waffles (24 days ago)
"... a team of people attempting to remake the entirety of Half-Life 1 in Half-Life 2's Source engine" Dude, that was made and *finished* in the 2000's. It's called Half-Life: Source The correct description would be "... a team of people attempting to remake the entirety of Half-Life 1"
Waffles (3 days ago)
Is this something to get this angry about? can we please just agree to disagree?
grafimir Gmr (3 days ago)
My comment IS valid. Remake means that it is literally REMADE. While HL Source is just a port. THEY DIDNT *REMAKE* THE ENTIRETY OF HL1 IN HLS. THEY JUST PORTED.
Waffles (3 days ago)
His wording doesn't specify any of that. He just says that it's *in* the source engine, yeah the word remake may make you think of reimagining the game but he doesn't say reimagined nor ported he says it's *in* the source engine. And it being buggy as hell doesn't matter; I could say that Black Mesa is stupidly difficult and a handful of enemies that I could handle just fine in bunches in HL or HLS can kill me in a matter of seconds and say your argument is completely invalid because of that but I won't, my comment was about his grammar, not the game itself.
grafimir Gmr (3 days ago)
No it wasn't finished in the 2000's. Half-Life Source is what is known as a *port* while Black Mesa is a *remake*. Not only is Half-Life Source just a port of the original with nothing more, it is also buggy as hell. The Black Mesa team want's a definitive reimagined Half-Life on a newer engine.
Kaos89 (24 days ago)
Maybe they will try to have Xen done by November which is the 20th year anniversary of HL.
Brad Loverboy83 (24 days ago)
Maybe when there done with black mesa they will remake half life 2
grafimir Gmr (3 days ago)
No they won't.
Foxtrop13 (24 days ago)
first XEN then HL3
Nemesis (24 days ago)
Come on dude let me hear adiós more my guy.
DJReady (24 days ago)
14 years .. been working on esforces longer than that. Good things take time :) Perhaps we'll get to play all the chapters in 2020 or something like that.
grafimir Gmr (3 days ago)
Well, I'd say they should take their time if we don't want another Hunt Down The Bad Game. Also, whether it's a joke or not, don't over exagerate. From what we've seen, the most long time will be next year's summer.
Trzyzet (24 days ago)
And after Black Mesa will be City 17 Source^2 based on leaked scenario.
Courthorse (24 days ago)
Not buying the game. Haven't seen shittier optimisation and shittier gameplay before.
Sprizzy (24 days ago)
I wonder if anyone will voice G-man. Or they might just get the audio clips from HL 1
Gnome Warlock (24 days ago)
Valve is just waiting for it to be 100% complete before issuing a C&D.
grafimir Gmr (3 days ago)
They already let it be on the Steam store page, you need more evidence? It's probably likely that Valve could hire them to take place as the "Half-Life Team" so that Lord GabeN only has to look at how much the company is being loved. (Yes I said loved. They already have enough money, so that's not a problem for them. That joke is getting old)
Frankie Wren (24 days ago)
"Black Mesa will be free" - devs I don't react well to being lied to
MightyKin (25 days ago)
why everybody saying that xen is the worst part? Back in 2000th i like it most because it was really interesting and uniique
grafimir Gmr (3 days ago)
It was rushed to be completed in time. It was too short and had very little level design and interesting things apart from Nihilanth and Gargantua boss fights.
Clorox Bleach (25 days ago)
Yea but it's worth the wait, at least *THEY* deliver Edit: Just imagine Half-Life 3 launching when Xen launches as a slap to the face
teooman _23 (25 days ago)
Regarding your statement at the end, "a delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad." - Shigeru Miyamoto.
The Atomic Cherry (25 days ago)
Well, at least they're _actually_ working on it. Unlike... you know... _valve..._
TheMuhalefet (25 days ago)
Maybe if fans stopped making half life games volvo would actually believe we need half life 3
Beard Dirt (25 days ago)
Fuck off it's a group of unpaid modders who should not be rushed. Isn't that what valve games preaches? Quality over quantity
Moonscript (25 days ago)
What song was used? Description doesn’t help.
Smokeanaut (25 days ago)
I honestly think it was retarded that Black Mesa didn't have Xen. It actually really pissed me off so badly that I bought Half Life 1 just to fucking play it
þøħ€ (25 days ago)
... ... ... ... lmao yahoo
Mikael Mart (25 days ago)
“Zen”
TheMuhalefet (25 days ago)
That's the correct pronunciation of Xen.
idea,s are Fun (25 days ago)
I don't mean to be a downer but the haif life comunity is dieing and I think valve is waiting for to hit its lowest and then they will drop a bomb
Gmod2012lo1 (25 days ago)
Im hyped
Kaneda (25 days ago)
I always loved being in Black Mesa rather then Xen
Sudden (25 days ago)
Not quite on the level of hunt down the freeman yet
TheFourohsix (25 days ago)
*Watches ending cutscene, its all the same as before* "I thought this was supposed to be different?" *Gman* "This is where I get off, your patience has been appreciated." *Lambda appears, with a three in the corner* "bhfhbsnhfjaefnjkbjkvndfabjkfdsnfjibfkjsnkasmijustcameinmypantswhatthefuck"
grafimir Gmr (3 days ago)
That wouldn't make sense, it's not Valve behind the game.
Marisa Nya (25 days ago)
I always liked Xen's chapter before Nihilanth with the corridors and open rooms with rotating elevator things and stuff. It's hard to explain, but Xen was NOT a disappointment
grafimir Gmr (3 days ago)
It was for most since it's completely different from the rest of the game since it was rushed. There was little level design compared to "Surface Tension" or "We've Got Hostiles". While I agree that it was interesting, I can see why it was a disapointment for others.
WSomms29 (25 days ago)
Its good to see much more new info on Xen after so long
Baba Ghanoush (25 days ago)
I'm a simple man, I see half-life, I click
Legoguy9875 (25 days ago)
It really baffles me that Valve has done nothing to get Crowbar Collective involved with them. They did allow Black Mesa to be released and sold commercially, yes, but they could do a whole lot more. Hell, I'd be down with it if Valve hired them to just make a brand new game in the Half Life universe. Wouldn't matter to me if it was a continuation of the HL2 story, or even a game not in Gordon Freeman's perspective. Crowbar has proven through this 14 year project that they can make an amazing Half Life game, and I want to see them put those skills into either a brand new IP of their own, or a complete from-the-ground-up official Half Life game.
GLaDOSCake122 (25 days ago)
Beautiful.
Prowlingmonkey (25 days ago)
I wish the grenades were better.
August101 Wheatley (25 days ago)
This will be a work of art and genius!
MrSHURIKENCHO (25 days ago)
Fuck these guys... Its almost as bad as Valves real games - 14 fucking years for a mod... They didnt have to come up with story, creatures, setting.... all they were doing is polishing an existing game and it takes the FOR FUKING EVER! Xen needs to be a full fucking game for this to be excused in the slightest. And one last thing... if there was one thing they should have done EXACTLY like Valve, that should have been: Do NOT PUT DEADLINES! They made us excited and threw us in to the dumpster 100 times with their predictions! Now seeing they are not even done with "gameplay" for a few of the levels makes me think they have no idea what they are doing at all.
Quiptipt Nyqtphimq (25 days ago)
It's pronounced Black MESSA you ignorant swine
Nonexistanthuman (25 days ago)
What if black mesa's new story becomes the new in cannon story for half life 1??
Sqooshy (25 days ago)
this game has been development for the entirety of my existence. amazing.
Cinders & Ashes (25 days ago)
Everyone: I want Xen *gets xen* Everyone: eh no
JerkyNero (25 days ago)
I hope they can get Michael Shapiro to re-voice G-Man’s lines in higher quality.
madi (25 days ago)
Lol no one plays multiplayer black mesa for simple reasons My reason is big fps drop But another reason is whoever takes a rocket launcher or tau gun can rekt everyone so it's boring

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