Black Mesa Available Now

It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here.

On Friday, Black Mesa Source, the fan-made remake of the original Half-Life that has been years in the making–eight years, to be more precise–was finally released to the general public as promised.

To download Black Mesa, you can head over to the game’s official website, where you’ll have a number of mirrors to choose from (torrent included). The servers have been a bit iffy as tens of thousands of players flood the servers, so you may experience slow downloads depending on which mirror you pick.

Black Mesa was also recently approved for Steam by way of the new Greenlight feature, but it will likely be awhile before it makes its way to Valve’s digital platform. Just as the current download is, Black Mesa will be entirely free on Steam.

For the uninitiated, Black Mesa is a complete remake of the original Half-Life–new textures, new models, new sound, and even new voice work. Not all of the game is included at the moment, however; the developers say that you’re only able to play up until the Lambda Core. Xen, and the later levels, will be released at a later time.

Before you download Black Mesa, you’ll need to make sure that you have ample space as the download is around 3.07 gigabytes. Additionally, you’ll need to make sure that you have at least one Source game installed on your computer.

To see Black Mesa in action, check out the latest trailer below.