It's Your Annual Black Mesa UpdateS

Half-Life remake Black Mesa, which has been in development for over five years now, was meant to be out by the end of 2009. Meant to be. But this is Black Mesa we're talking out.

A statement published earlier today by the mod's dev team, called the "Black Mesa 2009 Update", reads "Unfortunately, to our great disappointment, Black Mesa will not make a 2009 release."

So it's a lot like the 2008 update, then. And the 2007 update. Etc etc.

Shame, but for those following the project's fortunes, an expected shame. Those looking for solace may find the rest of the team's statement to be of interest:

Cynics may now rejoice, bets may be collected, and I think a mod team member has to eat his shoe, but we hope our loyal fans will forgive us and realize that the delay will translate into a better final product that's (hopefully) more easily available to everyone."

Once again we apologize for what has to be very disappointing news. We placed a 2009 deadline on ourselves to motivate us and bring this 6 year project to a close. And while we didn't quite make it, we have come very close, and you can expect a complete, polished game to hit your hard drives in the near future. We'll be sure and update if anything changes. Until then, hang tight, it's coming!

"More easily available"? Interesting wording. Wonder if Valve are, at the 11th hour, lending a helping hand, at least in terms of promotion?

Black Mesa 2009 Update
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