Black Mesa VR mod for Half-Life remake in development
A VR mode for the highly acclaimed Half-Life remake Black Mesa is in development. A video shows the current status of the project.
Black Mesa has a fifteen-year development history and came out in 2020 with Valve’s blessing as a standalone and paid game. The game convinced Half-Life fans and critics alike. Over 85,000 players left an “overwhelmingly positive” rating on Steam, and the game scored 84 out of a possible 100 points on Metacritic.
The development team left the story largely the same but improved and expanded some aspects including graphics, level design, and gameplay. Some changes were fairly large, as the following trailer shows.
An experienced VR modder is behind the project
The original 1998 game is already available as a VR mod for PC VR and Meta Quest 2. The enhanced edition of Black Mesa is not yet playable in VR. This could change.
VR modder Ashok announced that he is working on a VR port of Black Mesa. Ashok is close to the Source VR Mod team, which is responsible for the excellent Half-Life 2: VR Mod (review).
Ashok’s project is unofficial, meaning it is not affiliated with either the team behind Black Mesa or the Source VR Mod team. However, he has a lot of experience with Source VR modding and is the creator of a popular pack for Half-Life 2: VR Mod.
Release date unknown
A Youtube video shows the current state of the project. “So far, the vast majority of things work well,” the video description reads. However, there are still “minor issues” with some performance elements.
Currently, the VR mod is scheduled to be released at the same time as Episode 2 of Half-Life 2: VR Mod. Episode 1 will be released on March 17, but there is no known release date for the second episode. Black Mesa fans will have to be patient for the game in VR.
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