Last year we were taken by surprise when Epic announced that not only would Unreal Tournament would free, but it would be developing it alongside the community. Now, they’ve gone and surprised us again, dropping the subscription fee and opening to doors to anybody who has even a passing interest in developing with the Unreal Engine 4, let alone a professional one. The news arrived alongside a new video from the studio, explaining how the move will work and the opportunities available to anybody. See, that’s the key word there – anybody. All of a sudden Epic’s proprietary engine is no longer just developers and serious enthusiasts, meaning we should see even more weird and wonderful things emerge from the modding scene.
As I learned when I spoke to Epic Games at Gamescom last year, the team thrive on the interaction with the community, both in terms of their input and their creative contributions. While the Unreal Tourament project is the catalyst behind it all, the truth is that the Unreal Engine 4 is becoming a melting pot for innovative ideas. Case in point – in my interview I learned how a modder had created an Assassin’s Creed style parkour mod for others to download and tinker with, just because there previously wasn’t one for UE4. The only different between then and now is that the ability to get involved in the hands-on discussion no longer costs a thing.Click here to read more...
When we head over to Gamescom each year it’s usually the done thing to go and check out all the games. After all, there’s more than a few of them there, and here at Dealspwn we do like our games. However, we were presented with an opportunity to chat with some of the people behind the Unreal Engine 4 – the latest version of Epic Games’ proprietary engine – to discuss how it has been doing in the hands of developers, and in turn learn more about the community-driven Unreal Tournament project. In a day full of presentations to other developers, I was lucky to sit down with Technical Artist Zak Parrish, Lead Programmer James Golding, and Senior Designer of the UT project Jim Brown, to find out more about one of the industry’s leading development tools.
To start off, I had to ask about Epic’s newly opened UK office. Comprising mostly of the team at Pitbull Studio, last month’s announcement was a huge boost to the industry here in the UK. I asked the team what it was like officially bringing them into the Epic family and setting up shop on our shores. “I moved back over here in January to help set up the UK office, and that’s been super exciting to be back in the UK and seeing Epic make a commitment to the UK and embrace all the talent and stuff that’s going on here,” said Golding. “We already have a lot of developers using the engine in the UK and interested, so that makes sense, and we’ve had this relationship with Pitbull for a couple of years now, working super close with those guys and we’ve been treating them like peers, like part of Epic, for a long time, so it feels very natural.”Click here to read more...
Epic Games have released the first footage of their next Unreal Tournament title, which will be free if you haven't already heard the news. Though still in a primitive state, the team has managed to cobble together their first deathmatch, which already features the legendary ASMD zap-booom! combo and wall-dodging hacked in by one of the developers for an unfair advantage. Watch all the totally hilarious and not at all painfully forced hijinks in the video below.
It's still early days for UTF2P (we'll iterate on that acronym), but once the framework takes shape it should result in a deluge of content - both from Epic and from numerous Unreal Engine 4 coding community. Expect only deathmatch at launch, mind, while other modes will be added constantly throughout the game's lifespan.Click here to read more...
It was all going so well, Nintendo. Sadly we have to reprimand the Big N this week, but before we do that, we chat about Epic's amazing Unreal Engine 4 initiative alongside their announcement of a new, free, Unreal Tournament, we dish out a challenge for Carl (thanks to everyone for sending in suggestions for that, do keep them coming), and we discuss whether or not Insomniac can bounce back from the utterly forgettable Fuse with the curious-looking Sunset Overdrive.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.
Unreal Tournament was -- and still is -- the best multiplayer FPS ever made. No arguments. Its sequels and spinoffs ran the gamut from great to awful, but we've been clamouring for a new successor over the last few years, much as we enjoyed Marcus Fenix' burly brown escapades.
Now it's finally happening. Epic Games have revealed that a new Unreal Tournament title is headed to PC, Mac and Linux, where it will be available to download for... free?
That's right. Free. Not draped in garish adverts or lousy with microtransactions, but properly, completely gratis. Rather than cashing in on misery, Epic intends to develop the game in conjunction with the community and start a new modding revolution - with developers able to sell their wares should they want to.Click here to read more...
GOG's Battle of the Games sale ran across Easter weekend with fans voting on new deals every day, but they've been running a roundup sale for the past day with all of the discounted games on offer for those who didn't manage to buy the first time around.
There are some cracking bargains to be had, including savings on The Witcher and its sequel, the Gabriel Knight and Divinity games, and a whole host of other brilliant classics such as Unreal Tournament (there'll be a Game Night coming up) and Heroes of Might and Magic.
But you'll have to be fast -- the sale ends at 11am today!
Unreal Tournament is the best multiplayer FPS ever made. Ever. Ever.
Epic Games' superb shooter is still the benchmark for online multiplayer, featuring an extraordinarily enormous selection of the best maps ever made, the best guns of all time, loads of mutators, a bountiful cornucopia of modes (most of which laid the foundations of the games we play today) and even a fabulous singleplayer campaign. Not to mention more than a decade of fantastic mods and user-generated content. It's superb, a skill-based arena that you can play on your terms and a game for the ages. The GOTY Edition is only £1.49 at GOG.com, so you don't have to take our word for it.
HOWEVER, I assume that the impending GameSpy shutdown is going to cripple its server list, so you might need to swap some IP addresses or organise some LAN events if modders can't cobble something together...
This week's PWNCAST sees us discuss what we've all been playing this week, before turning our attention to The Best Multiplayer FPS of All Time, and waxing lyrical over Unreal Tournament.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be a few instances of strong language.
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Maps can make or break a shooter's multiplayer mode. Get the level design right and your community will come flooding back time and time again. Get it wrong, and you'd better pray to some sort of deity that your mechanics are up to scratch. We were mulling over the day's news earlier today when, out of the blue, Jon had an epiphany and a conversation was struck up determining our favourite FPS multiplayer maps. All of a sudden, a top ten was on the table.
So here it is. Let us know if we've missed any of your favourites.
Sometimes you just have to say, "sod balancing!" Jump pads glaore, open sightlines, plenty of verticality, The Longest Yard began life as a part of the Q3 Test beta, before being promoted to fly the flag for Quake III: Arena as the game's demo map.
There was a little sniper net, only accessible through some nifty jump pad platforming, and acceleration pads on the second level that made for hilarious rocket jousting. No wonder it's still a fan favourite to this day.
Overgrown was good, but Crash is better. Arguably the finest map Infinity Ward have ever made, it perfectly combined paranoia-inducing outside action with the frenetic fury of indoor combat. Balanced incredibly well to suit both sharpshooters and ground-pounding riflemen, it never gets skipped.
Also hearing Santa chuckling to himself as he bombs the hell out of you at Christmas time is excellent.Click here to read more...
While you were sleeping, Steam went a little bit deal crazy and have initiated a week and a half of some stonkingly good deals. We've got to say, in recent weeks the online digital merchant has really upped its game with some absolutely cracking deals and it looks like they're set to continue their winning ways into what looks like it'll be a sweltering summer. Helpfully, to assist you in avoiding melanomas, being eaten by sharks at the beach or otherwise drowning in the ocean this summer, Steam are apparently here to help.
We'll be bringing you the best of the bunch over the next few days, from individual game deals to the massive publisher bumper pack special but hit the link below to get involved for yourself and check out some of the 500 or so games on offer!
In addition to the mega bundle deals, there'll be daily specials such as the ones listed below and we've hand picked one or two of the best. Note that these deals will expire this evening, so get your skates on. There's a countdown clock on the Steam frontpage:
Considering that you're essentially getting three games for the price of one here - Overlord, Overlord II and Overlord: Raising Hell - this deal is pretty much a no brainer. The cheapest price for any of three titles on their own is still more expensive, and far less immediate, than Steam's offer.
At £2 cheaper than nearest competitor Gameplay, this is saving you a pretty good percentage chunk and, most importantly, puts the game firmly under that magical sub-£10 barrier. Although not quite as good as the original, Bioshock 2 is still an absolute belter of a game with a fully functional, and actually pretty impressive, multiplayer that manages to combine the best of MW2 with the underwater dystopia that is Rapture. Check out my review here.
Not quite a mega deal, but under £10 every little helps and, let's be honest, can you ever really own too many copies of Unreal Tournament? I don't think so. This bundle contains UT3 - Black Edition (currently retailing at £7 by itself at Amazon Jersey), UT2004 and UT: GOTY (both exceptional games) and of course the two games that sparked it all off. The mere mention of an Unreal deal has already sent Jon into a gibbering, ecstatic wreck and at this price I can't really blame him.