The long-awaited Half-Life fan-remake Black Mesa came out in 2012 for the first time. Well, has Xen had time since then? And yet the saga is only now coming to an end. The team of Black Mesa decided to put the fissile "Xen" chapter of Half-Life back on the drawing board and complete the alien fish farm. This process took seven years. You can now finally play three of these revised levels.
These three maps are just the first part of a full 19-map Xen campaign. They were released as part of a technical beta release. You can choose to do so by selecting Public Beta in the Steam Properties menu of Black Mesa on the Betas tab. The developers say this is just "a taste of what's coming".
"The purpose of this beta is to collect errors and feedback on a number of different computers," wrote the Black Mesa Team The Steam Side of the Game. "We've made significant improvements and changes to the source engine, and we want the game to run as smoothly as possible."
The full campaign is pending. "If you want to keep up with the times, you should opt for this beta," said the developers. "If you want a perfect Xen experience, you should wait. It will not take long! "
But then it's been seven years since the first serving of Black Mesa came out. It may still take a while for us to wake up and smell the ashes. Or fish, so to speak.