Для того, чтобы уточнить, что всё же в итоге произошло с погрузившимся в хаос из-за каскадного резонанса научно-исследовательским комплексом Black Mesa, мною Марку Лейдлоу было отправлено следующее письмо:
"When we were making HL we called him Barney because originally he looked like the character played by Don Knotts in the Andy Griffith Show. When Gearbox wanted a last name for the guy, I named him Calhoun at that time. (I was watching Ravenous.) The remark refers to the original--not anything cut from it, just the fact that Barney was always around to lend his firepower. That's just marketing hyperbole and should never be taken literally...I'm sure the people who wrote that were not involved in making the game and may not even have played it."
Hello, Mr. Laidlaw.
We would like to thank you for answering our previous questions regarding Half-Life and, consequently, Blue Shift's development. In fact, considering that the topic of Gearbox add-ons was brought up, there is an extremely important detail that is not quite clear.
As it is known, Black Mesa Research Facility was destroyed by a nuclear explosion at the end of Opposing Force, a Gearbox add-on, becoming Half-Life's "point of no return". However, as you had stated, all events in Blue Shift and Opposing Force can be considered belonging to an alternative reality or something of that kind. Thus we can not be 100% sure whether the destruction of BMRF is canon or not. The question itself is — from your point of view, what had happened to Black Mesa? Was it completely destroyed by some sort of colossal explosion or something of that kind or just ruined and still exists around the events of Half-Life 2?
Thanks in advance for your answer.
Ответ Марка был достаточно лаконичен:
I told them to nuke the labs so in that sense it was definitely nuked. As for what might remain, I can't pull back the curtain on that one.
Таким образом, ядерный взрыв Black Mesa теперь можно считать абсолютно каноническим, так как это сам Лейдлоу попросил Gearbox включить такое развитие событий в финал Opposing Force.
Однако, Лейдлоу не может раскрыть, был ли научно-исследовательский комплекс Black Mesa уничтожен ядерным взрывом полностью или от него всё же что-то осталось.