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Encyclopedia > Unreal Tournament 2004
Unreal Tournament 2004
Developer(s) Epic Games
Digital Extremes
Publisher(s) Worldwide Atari (Linux/Windows)
Worldwide MacSoft (Mac) Midway
Designer(s) Cliff Bleszinski
Jeff Morris
Steven Polge
Engine Unreal Engine 2.5 Build 3120-3369
Latest version 3369.2
Release date(s) United States of America March 16, 2004
Europe March 18, 2004
Australia March 19, 2004
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: M (Mature 17+)
OFLC: MA15+
PEGI: 16+
USK: ab 16
Platform(s) Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
Media DVD (1 / 2), CD (6)
System requirements Pentium III 1 GHz processor, 128 MB RAM, DirectX 9.0b or OpenGL, 32 MB video card, 5.5 GB HDD, Linux 2.2+ or Mac OS X or Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista[1] (Linux not supported by Atari)
or
PowerPC G4 933 MHz processor, 256 MB RAM, 32 MB video card, 6 GB HDD, Mac OS X 10.2.8+
Input Keyboard, mouse, joystick

Unreal Tournament 2004, also known as UT2004 or UT2K4, is a futuristic first-person shooter computer game developed by Epic Games and Digital Extremes. It is part of the Unreal series of games and is the sequel to 2002's Unreal Tournament 2003 and a successor to the original Unreal Tournament. Unreal Tournament 2004 box art File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ... Epic Games, also known as Epic and formerly as Epic MegaGames, is a computer game development company based in Cary, North Carolina, United States. ... Digital Extremes is a Canadian computer and video video game developer founded in 1993 by James Schmalz, specifically noted for its part in the highly successful Unreal series of games. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 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The major addition to Unreal Tournament 2004 is the introduction of vehicles along with the Onslaught game type, allowing for larger scale battles. Besides introducing new weapons, vehicles and game types, Unreal Tournament 2004 also contains everything released previously in Unreal Tournament 2003. Consequently, Unreal Tournament 2004 completely replaced Unreal Tournament 2003 on store shelves. Unreal Tournament 2004 boxes sold in the United States include a $10 mail-in rebate requiring that a short form be completed and sent to the publisher along with a copy of the manual cover for Unreal Tournament 2003. Versions sold in the United Kingdom had a similar offer, but required sending in the play CD for Unreal Tournament 2003 instead.


Its successor, Unreal Tournament III, is expected to be released in November 2007.[1] Unreal Tournament 3, codenamed Envy and formerly known as Unreal Tournament 2007, is part of the Unreal series of games and is the sequel to 2004s Unreal Tournament 2004. ...

Contents

Development

Epic Games Inc. had very ambitious plans for the sequel to their 1999 hit Unreal Tournament. Although work on the game engine and Deathmatch had been complete, there was still much to be done regarding complex game modes such as Assault and Onslaught which included vehicles. As a result, the stripped-down Unreal Tournament 2003 was released in 2002 while the developers concentrated upon implementing Assault and Onslaught for a 2003 release (later pushed back to 2004). In addition, the developers also addressed shortcomings that gamers had with Unreal Tournament 2003. Unreal Tournament, abbreviated UT, (sometimes referred to as UT99, UT Classic, UT1, or UT:GOTY to differentiate from Unreal Tournament 2003, Unreal Tournament 2004, and Unreal Tournament 3) is a popular first-person shooter video game. ... Deathmatch (abbreviated DM) is a widely-used gameplay mode very well integrated into first-person shooter computer games. ...


Development process

Unreal Tournament 2004 was created by several game development studios acting in collaboration, including Epic Games who led the project. Lead programmer Steve Polge describes the role each company played:


Epic Games: All the enhancements to the Unreal Tournament 2003 game types, the new UI, Voice over IP and bot voice command support, engine enhancements and optimizations were made by the primary developer. They also made an improved single player game, and improved community and demo recording support, in addition to thirty-one new playable characters. A Sniper Rifle similar to the one included in the original Unreal Tournament was added. They created one Onslaught map, and developed AI support for Onslaught. 16 new DM maps, 5 new CTF Maps, 2 new DDOM maps, and 1 new BR map were added. The Assault game type design and implementation, including 3 new vehicles, 3 types of turrets, and 6 new maps were also reintroduced from the original Unreal Tournament, totaling 31 all-new maps from Epic.


The elimination and restoration of the Sniper Rifle and the Assault were noted on the official future history of the Tournament. The future history, written after the release of Unreal Tournament 2003 as promotional material for UT2004, reflected some real-life fan disappointment (including refusing to play the game) at the loss of these two things: Universe was a 1941 story from Heinleins Future History series (shown here in the 1951 Dell edition). ... Unreal Tournament 2003 or UT2003 is a first-person shooter video game designed mainly for multiplayer gaming although the game had a built in single-player mode that mimics multiplayer gaming by featuring AI-bots. ...

"The aging Sniper Rifle (a relic of centuries past) is removed from the Tournament as is "Assault" ... Many fans of the Tournament complain at these changes, with some combatants refusing to participate in the new format. ...
"An updated Sniper Rifle is added to the weapon roster, along with several other weapons designed for the larger outdoor combat environments of the new Onslaught and returning Assault events."[2]

Psyonix: The Onslaught game type design and implementation, with 6 new vehicles, 4 new weapons (grenade launcher, spider mine layer, Anti Vehicle Rocket Launcher (AVRiL), and the Phoenix target painter), and the energy turret. They also created seven Onslaught maps, and collaborated with Streamline Studios on the popular map ONS-Torlan. Finally, they made the new model for the Translocator.


Digital Extremes: Created 2 new DM maps, 6 new CTF maps, 2 new BR maps, and 3 new DDOM maps; two new playable characters; the new HUD design; new weapon models for the Assault Rifle, Shock Rifle, and Link Gun. Digital Extremes is a Canadian computer and video video game developer founded in 1993 by James Schmalz, specifically noted for its part in the highly successful Unreal series of games. ...


Streamline Studios: The single player introduction movie and ONS-Torlan in collaboration with Psyonix. Later made an Assault map called AS-Confexia, downloadable from the Internet. Streamline Studios is an independent dutch outsourcing and game developing studio. ...


Nearing release

On February 11, 2004, the demo for Unreal Tournament 2004 was released and included five maps for five different game types. Demo versions for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux on x86-32 (February 13, 2004) and Linux on x86-64 (February 15, 2004) were made available for download. By March 5, 2004 Unreal Tournament 2004 had "gone gold" and was ready for retail distribution. It was the first closed source game to support the new x86-64-bit extension, utilizing Linux, as Windows for x86-64 had not been released at the time. is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In computer or video games, a demo can be a gameplay recording. ... Windows redirects here. ... Mac OS X (IPA: ) is a line of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. ... This article is about operating systems that use the Linux kernel. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with X86 assembly language. ... is the 44th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... AMD64 Logo AMD64 (also x86-64 or x64) is a 64-bit microprocessor architecture and corresponding instruction set designed by Advanced Micro Devices. ... is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the day. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Term used in software development; a piece of software has been released to manufacturing (frequently abbreviated RTM) when its code base is deemed complete, typically after a beta test. ... The text below is generated by a template, which has been proposed for deletion. ... AMD64 Logo AMD64 (also x86-64 or x64) is a 64-bit microprocessor architecture and corresponding instruction set designed by Advanced Micro Devices. ...


As the year of 2004 would draw to an end, Unreal Tournament 2004 received awards for Multiplayer Game of the Year (IGN, Gamespy, Computer Gaming World) and Best Value for 2004 award (Computer Games Magazine).


Release history

Unreal Tournament 2004 was released on March 16, 2004 for the PC (Linux x86-32/x86-64 and Windows), the Mac OS X version (DVD only) followed on March 31, 2004. The version for Windows x86-64 was released as a downloadable patch on October 1, 2005. At release consumers could purchase the game on CD, or a limited-time special edition DVD version that came with a Logitech microphone-headset and a second DVD filled with video-tutorials on how to use UnrealEd (the program used to make UT-maps and mods). A single DVD version with neither microphone nor tutorials was also released in Europe, but the special edition was not. The CD version of the game was six discs. On April 13, 2004, Unreal Tournament 2004 was re-released on a special edition DVD to meet the high demand of players wanting the game on DVD rather than CD. March 16 is the 75th day of the year (76th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Columbia MPC was one of the many IBM PC compatibles offered on the US market. ... is the 90th day of the year (91st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the 64-bit Windows XP for Itanium systems, see Windows XP 64-bit Edition. ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit ÄŒeské Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 103rd day of the year (104th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Epic and Atari, in collaboration, released two official Onslaught maps over the summer, ONS-Ascendancy and ONS-Aridoom.


On September 21, 2004, Atari released in stores the Editor's Choice Edition of Unreal Tournament 2004: it adds 3 vehicles, 4 Onslaught maps, and 6 character skins to the original content of the game, and also contains several mods developed by the community and selected by Epic Games. This extension (excluding mods) was released as a Bonus Pack by Atari on September 23, 2004, and is available for free download. is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In December 2005, the Mega Bonus Pack was released by Epic, which included several new maps, along with the latest patch and the aforementioned ECE. The release was solely through the Internet.


In 2006 Atari lost the publishing rights to the Unreal Tournament franchise, and they were picked up by Midway Games. Midway's first release was Unreal Championship 2 for the Xbox, and around that time announced that there would be an Unreal Anthology for the PC at some point. Midway quietly re-released Unreal Tournament 2004 for a discounted price of $9.99 through select retailers in late September/ early October 2006. In November 2006 Unreal Anthology was released which bundled Unreal, Unreal II, Unreal Tournament Game of the year edition, and Unreal Tournament 2004. Unreal Anthology is a compilation pack containing Unreal Gold (which includes Unreal and its expansion pack), Unreal Tournament, Unreal II: The Awakening, and Unreal Tournament 2004. ...


Vehicles

There are many vehicles available for use in Unreal Tournament 2004. These vehicles are primarily used in the Onslaught game type, although there are a few Assault maps which utilise vehicles. The vehicles consist of aircraft (the Manta, Cicada, and Raptor), and land vehicles (all others). There are also 2 space vehicles (essentially space-faring Raptors with a cosmetic overhaul), which only officially feature in one stock Assault map. The Trikke is a Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) Automobiles are among the most commonly used engine powered vehicles. ... In computer and video games, a level (sometimes called a stage, course, episode, round, world, map, wave, board, phase, or landscape) is a separate area in a games virtual world, in modern games typically representing a specific location such as a building or a city. ... “Flying Machine” redirects here. ... “Car” and “Cars” redirect here. ... The Space Shuttle Discovery as seen from the International Space Station. ...


Three of the vehicle types (the SPMA, Cicada, and Paladin) are only officially available on maps from the Editor's Choice edition or Editor's Choice bonus pack, but user-edited versions of the standard maps often include some or all of these extra vehicles. An expansion pack is an addition to an existing game. ...


Some vehicles are in the source code of the game but not normally seen. It is also possible to create user-modified vehicles (which are not included in this article). Source code (commonly just source or code) is any series of statements written in some human-readable computer programming language. ...


Mods

  • Total conversion mods, often with totally different gameplay to the original Unreal Tournament 2004:
    • Alien Swarm: Top-down coop total conversion where a team of up to 8 marines battle their way through alien infested levels. Alien Swarm's fan community created a full expansion called The Telic Campaign, a mod of a mod.
    • Red Orchestra: Overall grand finale winner of the Make Something Unreal mod competition, a multi-phased contest with one million dollars in prizes sponsored by Epic Games and NVIDIA to foster the creation of mods. Currently, Red Orchestra is a retail game supported by Steam.
    • Frag-Ops a semi-realistic, hybrid tactical first person shooter.
    • UnWheel & Carball are car games, with many different gametypes such as racing and car football
    • SoulKeeper Special Edition: medieval-themed conversion, with catapult siege-engines and ride-able dragons.
    • Metaball
    • Air Buccaneers: A unique mod where players take control of hot air balloons armed with cannons in a steam-punk setting
    • Counter Organic Revolution
    • Uskaarj
    • Deathball: a mod that combines Soccer, Rugby and Handball elements.
    • Out Of Hell: a survival horror single player with demonic zombies of different types and abilities.
    • Hollow Moon: unreleased single player total conversion with an artistic audiovisual style
    • Tactical Ops: Crossfire: based on TO:AoT mod for Unreal Tournament. Multiplayer FPS mod that allow the player to play on Special Forces or Terrorist side.
    • Ballistic Weapons: A mutator replacing standard UT2k4 weapons with modern weapons with completely original meshes, sounds, aiming system and damaging system
  • More conservative mods include Jailbreak, Wehtam Invasion III, and Clone Bandits.
  • The Editor's Choice Edition pack includes the aforementioned Red Orchestra, Alien Swarm, Air Buccaneers, Jailbreak, and Clone Bandits, as well as ChaosUT2, Domain, Rocketeer, Deathball, and the UnWheel caste of gametypes.
  • There is an RPG mod which adds a skill based leveling-up system into the game and is commonly used in online games to give the players rewards after getting to a certain amount of points needed. DruidRPG
  • Unreal Tournament Revolution mod is an attempt to give UT 2004 the feel and game play of the original UT with improved Original graphics. You can check out its Alpha version here: UTR Mod Download But the final release should be ready in 2007. For the latest news go to forum
  • Team Arena Master: A variant on traditional Team deathmatch is Team Arena Master or TAM. This is similar to Last man standing but there are rounds in which the player and their team members have one life only. Players spawn with all the guns, but have less than half of the maximum ammo for each of them.

Many of these modes have Instagib versions, which contain specialized weapons that kill in a single shot. Those that don't can use the Instagib Mutator instead. Alien Swarm is a total conversion mod for Unreal Tournament 2004 created by Black Cat Games and initially released on May 28, 2004. ... Red Orchestra: Combined Arms is a total conversion for Unreal Tournament 2004 and previously for Unreal Tournament 2003 by Tripwire Interactive, set on the Eastern Front during World War II. It is notable for its emphasis on realism, in comparison to other WW2-based FPSs. ... This article is about video games. ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... Handball is the name of several different sports: Team handball, or Olympic/European Handball is a game somewhat similar to association football, but the ball is played with the hand, not the foot. ... Three enemies from Silent Hill 4: The Room, a survival horror title released by Konami in 2004. ... Tactical Ops: Assault on Terror is an online multiplayer computer game, comparable to Counter-Strike. ... Unreal Tournament, abbreviated UT, (sometimes referred to as UT99, UT Classic, UT1, or UT:GOTY to differentiate from Unreal Tournament 2003, Unreal Tournament 2004, and Unreal Tournament 3) is a popular first-person shooter video game. ... TAM Scoreboard Team Arena Master is a gametype designed for Unreal Tournament 2004 by 3SPN, soon to reopen as Pure Pressure The gametype can be compared to the following other gametypes: DM (deathmatch) TDM (Team DeathMatch) LMS (Last Man Standing) What makes it unique, however, is the way it combines... A person being Instagibbed with the enhanced shock rifle in Unreal Tournament Derived from the term gib (the gory body fragment of an opposing player killed in a first-person shooter), Instagib is a mutator or alternate gametype in many first-person shooter games. ...


Resources

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References

  1. ^ Unreal Tournament 3 official website. Retrieved on 18 September 2007.
  2. ^ UT Timeline. Retrieved on 13 April 2007.

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