Posts Tagged ‘Unreal Tournament’

Come See Unreal Tournament’s New Underland Map

I still find it strange that Epic Games are making a new Unreal Tournament [official site], that’s out there right now, free to download, yet folk aren’t screaming from the rooftops about it. The late 90s/early 00s this ain’t, my friends. Of course, the lack of fanfare is mostly down to the way this multiplayer FPS is being made – open development based on player feedback, at a steady pace with regular work-in-progress builds sent out as they’re ready.

While I’ve not had the chance to jump into UT as it stands today – I was more Quake-oriented back in the day and old habits die hard – these builds seem to look better with each passing release. The latest, Underland, appears to be no different.

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Unreal Tournament Now Chilling On Monastery Map

These days, Epic Games are known more for their Unreal Engine than the games which game the tech its name. Up go the cries of “The youth of today…!” and “High school computing students should know the name Steven Polge!” and “Get off my lawn!” and “I’m sorry, I just… how did my life become this?” and “Why? I… why this? Why me?” etc.

While it seems unlikely Epic will make another Unreal game again, they are making a new Unreal Tournament [official site], the multiplayer spin-off series. Delightfully, the FPS is entirely free and Epic release work-in-progress builds regularly. Why, only yesterday they released one with a new map all finished and fancied-up!

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Have You Played… Tactical Ops?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Counter-Strike became so popular so quickly – even the mod was soon bigger than all retail multiplayer shooters combined – that the entire industry seemed to spend a year or two simply producing similar games. Remember Global Operations? Remember Strike Force? Remember Tactical Ops? I do, I played a dozen of these, and Tactical Ops for Unreal Tournament was probably the best of the bunch.

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Epic Announce Mystery New PC Game Named Paragon

No idea what this is yet, but Epic – they of Unreal and Gears of War – have just announced something brand new and PC-only called Paragon, and due for release next year. They’re saying almost nothing, but they have released a short video of a dude with a gun and some robo-hands. However, there’s talk of ‘heroes’ so I’m guessing it’s not going to be a singleplayer shooter – perhaps something more akin to Blizzard’s Overwatch? Or even to ex-Epic bigwig Cliff Bleszinski’s Lawbreakers?
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Unreal Tournament Gets Halloween Maps And Masks

Lots of games are in early access, but the new Unreal Tournament [official site] has thus far seemed to be in a kind of embryonic access. That’s because it’s being created – for really reals – in partnership with its community. Perhaps the game is now sufficiently advanced to be considered a fetus, for the build released yesterday introduces special Halloween content.

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How The Community Is Building Unreal Tournament

Unreal Tournament [official site] represents a new and interesting way of developing games. Beyond the Early Access periods now common on Steam or the mostly-advertising open betas used for every major multiplayer game, UT is fully free and developed by its community. Thanks to Unreal Engine 4’s availability, it already has an editing suite that rivals the best, despite not having left pre-Alpha. This means that what would usually be mods put out many months after release are an integral part of the development process, shaping the core game. I spoke to Lead Developer Steve Polge about the influence of the community on development.

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