Half-Life turns 20 years old today, giving fans an opportunity to celebrate one of PC gaming’s greatest shooters, although sadly there comes no Half-Life 3 announcement at the top of it. Still, we’ve been given a glimpse of a new project by Crowbar Collective, the studio behind an excellent re-make of Half-Life, known as Black Mesa.
The new project is titled Black Mesa: Xen, and aims to bring the developers’ vision of the alien world in Half-Life players got to visit briefly. Xen will serve as an extension of Half-Life, although besides the main assets, rest has been built up from the ground up. The story will expand Gordon Freeman’s brief adventure on the Xen world to a roughly 6-hour campaign, which will include plenty of jaw-dropping moments if the minute-and-a-half trailer is anything to go by. Level design showcased so far promises expansive maps spread across spectacular and intricate alien environments, while also looking exponentially better than the team’s Black Mesa release.
With stellar gameplay remaining unchanged, Black Mesa: Xen will once more put players in the shoes of Half-Life’s protagonist and give players an extensive range of weapons to be used. The alien world holds a lot of unknowns expressed through detailed enemy designs, and the team at Crowbar Collective will hopefully give us a fun range of weapons to use against them. Black Mesa: Xen is slated to release in Q2 2019 so the team has time to polish the game and bring it fully in line with the intended vision. Meanwhile, check out the announcement trailer below, as well as follow Crowbar Collective’s community page for further updates.