So that Black Mesa Source video, the one from On Rails that was awfully impressive and very nostalgic all at the same time, turns out to not be exactly official, as far as modding can ever be official. In a post on the Black Mesa Source forums, ‘Raminator’, the Lead Developer on the project, has done a quick FAQ replying to the release of the video. “Someone showed someone else something that shouldn’t have, and that someone else decided to share that something with the internet.”
Isn’t that always the way? At least now we’ve got even more delicious details.
The good news for all of us who are starting to think that perhaps eight years is a bit long to wait for a mod is that the release of the video has sped things up a little, with Raminator stating “we’re actually going to be moving some things forward.” From a notoriously secretive project, having a media blowout can only really mean that they’re getting close to release now, which means that sooner, rather than later, you’ll be able to enjoy the original Half Life, fourteen years after release, in all the glory of Half Life 2: Episode 2, a game that’s only five years old.
The other answers reply to specifics of the video, stating that yes, the music is original and in game, yes, the voice acting is supposed to be a bit cheesy and yes, that is iron sights on the magnum, although whether you want that enabled or not is an option in the menu.
Ranimator also states that there’s a 1080p version of the video on a harddrive, so I wouldn’t be too surprised if we get that pretty soon, too. They were planning on releasing it anyway, so this isn’t exactly a disaster for the team. Besides, it makes a nice change to having something early when it has something, anything to do with a Valve game.