Black Mesa started out as one of the first projects to get the go ahead on Valve’s Greenlight system, and is the gruelling reconstructions of the original Half-Life game in the much newer engine to celebrate the game’s 15th year anniversary.
The game has now been given its full blessing from Valve, and will soon be available for purchase on the Steam store. The announcement came out on the official Black Mesa website , with some of the reasons why the previously free to play game has decided to enter the market:
"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."
When exactly the game will be hitting the Steam Store has yet to be determined.