Crowbar Collective, the mod team behind Black Mesa, the long-in-development reimagining of Half-Life, has launched their game on Steam Early Access, and it's retailing for £14.99 / $19.99 / €19.99. The game, an earlier version of which was previously released for free, is on sale now so that the team can raise the money they need to finish the game off to a high standard. Currently they estimate that development is 85% complete, but they're now looking to go to town on the remaining part of the game.
Making a game with the scope and scale of Black Mesa is a massive undertaking. Back in 2012 we made the decision to release what we had completed up to that point, and were blown away by the community's response, feedback and improvements to our work. We want to keep that relationship alive and well by using Early Access as a tool for allowing our community to participate in the final phase of Black Mesa's development.
In addition, we simply didn't have the resources to create Xen as we would like it. Our ambitions go beyond the original Xen section found in Half-Life. We have a standard of quality that we have to achieve. By using Early Access, we are allowed the resources to bring you the remaining chapters with the quality that you expect.
The team are estimating around ten hours of game is currently available, and there's six remastered maps on hand for multiplayer deathmatch (team and solo). They're promising more maps, more modes, and the conclusion of the single-player campaign, although they're not offering a firm timescale for when the project will be completed.