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Unreal Tournament (also known as UT99 or simply UT) is a first-person shooter video game co-developed by Epic Games and Digital Extremes. It was published in 1999 by GT Interactive. Retrospectively, the game has also been referred to as UT99 or UT Classic to differentiate it from its numbered sequels. The game is based on the same technology that powered Unreal, but the design of UT shifted the series' focus to competitive multiplayer action, a trend at the time: id Software's Quake III Arena was released only ten days later.

Synopsis Edit

"This is a challenge. To anyone who ever took a man down in a 3D shooter, and liked it. This is your last chance to prove that you are the best of the best. This is the gladiatorial arena of the future. This is a single-player trial by fire. A heavyweight deathmatch championship of the universe."
―UT Boxart description

Overview Edit

Unreal Tournament was designed as an arena FPS, with head-to-head multiplayer deathmatches being the primary focus of the game. The game's single-player campaign is essentially a series of arena matches played with bots. For team matches, bots are again used to fill the roles of the player's teammates. Even on dedicated multiplayer servers, bots are sometimes used to pad out teams that are short on players.

UT is known and widely praised by critics and players alike- for its bot A.I., the product of programmer Steve Polge who had earlier risen to fame by designing the Reaper Bot for Quake II, one of the earliest examples of an effective deathmatch bot. The player can choose a bot skill level (anywhere from "Novice" to "Godlike") or set it to automatically adjust to the player's performance. Bots can be further customized by changing names, appearance, accuracy, weapon preferences, awareness, and so forth.

Development history Edit

Unreal Tournament began life as an expansion pack for Unreal. When it was realized that the multi-player aspect of Unreal was popular and something that people sought after, Epic began working on a multiplayer expansion pack for the game to fix the problems with online play. At some point during its development, it became clear that the number and extent of the changes to the Unreal codebase that Epic was required to make made Unreal Tournament too incompatible with Unreal. Thus the expansion pack was broken off from Unreal and made into a standalone game. Unreal Tournament contains all of the content that Unreal had except for the maps and music.

The first publicly available version (Version 322) of the demo was released on 17 September 1999. A Version 321 was briefly and accidentally available the night before but was rapidly withdrawn.

The Version 322 demo is for use with 3dfx video cards only. This early version of the demo omits DM-Tempest.

A patch was provided to update Version 321 to 322.[1] Two days later, a patch to the 3dfx-only demo was provided to correct a server crash that occurred whilst using the Web-based remote administration facility.

The first full demo (and a patch to the 3dfx-only demo to convert it to the full demo) was released 28 September 1999. This took the demo to version 338. A Version 338a demo intended to test a server map change problem was accidentally released but rapidly disowned by Epic. The Version 338 demo is not compatible with the final version of the full demo.

A final demo for Unreal Tournament was released on October 19 1999[2] and contains 5 maps from the game; one map for each gametype. The demo has the maps CTF-Coret, DM-Morpheus, DM-Phobos, DM-Tempest, and DOM-Sesmar.

The Linux version of the Version 348 demo was released 20 October 1999.

An additional patch to the Version 348 demo to fix a crash whilst playing back recorded demos was released 20 October 1999.

An additional patch to update Version 348 servers was released 9 November 1999. Network compatability is unaffected by this patch.[3]

Release dates Edit

  • November 23, 1999 - Unreal Tournament (PC) - 2 CDs
  • January 19, 2000 - Unreal Tournament (Mac)
  • October 26, 2000 - Unreal Tournament (PS2) - 1 DVD
  • October 27, 2000 - Unreal Tournament GOTY (PC) - 2 CDs
  • March 14, 2001 - Unreal Tournament (DC) - 1 RD-Rom
  • March 21, 2001 - Unreal Tournament GOTY (Mac)
  • August 29, 2001 - Totally Unreal (PC) - 4 CDs
    Included Unreal Gold, Unreal Tournament (GOTY Edition) and an Unreal Championship/Unreal 2 preview disc
  • November 6, 2006 - Unreal Anthology (PC) - 1 DVD
    Included Unreal Gold, Unreal Tournament (GOTY Edition), Unreal II: The Awakening, and Unreal Tournament 2004. - Published by Midway Games, who took publishing rights from Atari.

Game content Edit

Gamemodes Edit

Main article: Unreal Tournament Single player

The game contains the following gamemodes: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Domination, Capture The Flag, Assault and Last Man Standing. There's a seventh mode, called Tournament Darkmatch, but it doesn't have own maps.

Assault maps for Unreal Tournament
Capture The Flag maps for Unreal Tournament
Bonus Packs 1-4: CTF-BeatitudeCTF-Cybrosis][CTF-Darji16CTF-EpicBoyCTF-Face-SECTF-Face][CTF-HallOfGiantsCTF-HighCTF-Hydro16CTF-KosovCTF-Noxion16CTF-NucleusCTF-OrbitalCTF-Ratchet
Console maps: CTF-PhalanxCTF-SepulchreCTF-SpiritoCTF-StormFrontCTF-Sundial
Deathmatch maps for Unreal Tournament
Bonus Packs 1-4: DM-AgonyDM-ArcaneTempleDM-BishopDM-CloserDM-CraneDM-Cybrosis][DM-Grit-TOURNEYDM-HealPod][DM-MalevolenceDM-Mojo][DM-Shrapnel][DM-SpaceNoxxDM-Viridian-TOURNEY
Console maps: DM-BabylonDM-BlockPartyDM-BrickyardDM-CanyonFearDM-CoagulateDM-ColdSteelPressureDM-CoreDM-DamnationDM-DepotDM-DustDM-FluxDM-GearBoxDM-GirderDM-GoogleDM-HalberdDM-HoodDM-IndustrialDM-InfernalDM-InstinctDM-LoathingDM-MegaplexDM-NebulaDM-NeoTokyoDM-OutskirtsDM-PaladinDM-PantheonDM-Sector9DM-SingularityDM-SorayamaDM-StationControlDM-Underlord
Domination maps for Unreal Tournament
Bonus Packs 1-4: DOM-BulletDOM-CiDomDOM-Lament][DOM-WolfsBay
Console maps: DOM-CoagulateDOM-HoodDOM-Osiris

Characters Edit

Weapons Edit

Various weapons are made available for single player as well as multi-player mode.

Items Edit

Teams Edit

A number of teams, mainly classified as factions of commandos and soldiers, appear as opponents.

Soundtrack Edit

Although some tracks have more than one section (And are listed appropriately) it's important to note the extra sections are never played within the game itself. However, using a Module Player, such as XMPlay, one can listen to the extra sections.

Title Author(s) Filename Duration Used in
Botpack #9(By Michiel) Michiel van den Bos Botmca9.umx DM-Phobos
BotMCA#10 (By Michiel) Michiel van den Bos Botpck10.umx DM-Tempest
Cannonade Michiel van den Bos Cannon.umx DOM-Condemned
Colossus Michiel van den Bos Colossus.umx AS-Rook
The Course Michiel van den Bos Course.umx Tutorial maps
Room of Champions Alexander Brandon & Michiel van den Bos Credits.umx Unused
Ending Alexander Brandon Ending.umx Trophy Room
Unreal Add-on (Enigma) Dan Gardopée Enigma.umx DOM-Cryptic
FireBreath Tero Kostermaa & Kaj-Eerik Komppa firebr.umx CTF-Coret
Foregone Destruction Michiel van den Bos Foregone.umx CTF-Face
Go Down Alexander Brandon Godown.umx DM-Deck16][
Lock Alexander Brandon Lock.umx DM-KGalleon
Mechanism Eight Andrew Sega Mech8.umx AS-HiSpeed
Mission Landing Michiel van den Bos Mission.umx AS-Frigate
Nether Animal Michiel van den Bos Nether.umx DM-Oblivion
Organic Alexander Brandon Organic.umx Unused
Phantom Michiel van den Bos & Alexander Brandon Phantom.umx DM-Barricade
Razorback // Unreal Mix Peter Hajba Razor-ub.umx DM-Liandri
Run Michiel van den Bos Run.umx DM-Turbine
Save Me Alexander Brandon SaveMe.umx DM-Morpheus
Save Me (G-Mix) Alexander Brandon Savemeg.umx Unused
Unreal Add-on (Seeker) Dan Gardopée Seeker.umx CTF-Command
Unreal Add-on (Seeker2) Dan Gardopée Seeker2.umx CTF-Noxion16
Skyward Fire Michiel van den Bos Skyward.umx CTF-LavaGiant
Into the Darkness Alexander Brandon Strider.umx DM-Stalwart
Superfist Alexander Brandon Suprfist.umx DM-HealPod][
Underworld 2 Alexander Brandon UnWorld2.umx DOM-Sesmar
Unreal Tournament Menu Alexander Brandon utmenu23.umx Menu Screen
Unreal Tournament Title Michiel van den Bos UTtitle.umx City Intro
Three Wheels Turning Alexander Brandon Wheels.umx CTF-Cybrosis][

Reception Edit

Unreal Tournament is still, arguably, the most popular Unreal series game ever released. It generated an enormous community and was many people's first multiplayer experience.

On its release, Unreal Tournament was capable of using maps created for Unreal. The Unreal content was automatically replaced by Unreal Tournament content when running an Unreal DM map with one of the Unreal Tournament gametypes[8]. Mods like OldSkool Amp'd allowed players to play Unreal levels in Unreal Tournament, using original Unreal assets instead of substituting their Unreal Tournament counterparts.

Although the graphical capabilities of the Unreal Tournament engine have long since been surpassed, it is still one of the most played games on the Internet. This is due, in part, to its grounded gameplay and weapon balance.

Essential Files Edit

Main article: Essential files#Unreal Tournament
Main article: Bonus content#Unreal Tournament

Here you will find all the links to the downloads of the essential files for your Unreal Tournament installation.

Trivia Edit

  • Unreal Tournament was originally planned as just an expansion pack to Unreal, but was later made into a full game.
"Way back in 1998, we started on a multiplayer bonus pack for Unreal 1, which was initially going to be a free release, then a level pack, and then it turned into Unreal Tournament (...)[9]"
―Tim Sweeney
  • An easter egg in the ending sequence reveals that there were five Liandri Grand Tournament winners before Xan Kriegor. They are named (in chronological order): Green Marine, Roan Terg, Magnus, Geos Dryon and Pariah. It seems that the winners' names are actually nicknames of Epic staff. Green Marine comes from Brandon "Green Marine" Reinhart, one of the programmers.
  • Every map from Unreal, including the 10 default maps; the Fusion Mappack maps; the Return to Na Pali maps; the GW Press Addon maps; the cut maps DmMorbfanza, DmSplash, DmEclipse and DmDespair; and the 3DFX/S3TC Demo maps, were considered for the game. Ultimately only Curse, Deck16 and Morbias were selected for the retail version as DM-Curse][, DM-Deck16][ and DM-Morbias][; with Cybrosis, HealPod, Mojo and Shrapnel making it through the Epic Bonus Pack as DM-Cybrosis][, DM-HealPod][, DM-Mojo][ and DM-Shrapnel][.
  • According to Josh Adams[10], the DC version of UT had to branch drastically from the PC version, to the point that the PC version couldn't really use the DC maps, aside from the dedicated servers used to run the servers at SegaNet.
  • Also according to Josh Adams[11], Secret Level, the development house which did the port to Dreamcast, were contacted by Infogrames (then publisher of UT) to see if they would port UT to the console. Most other developers thumbed down the proposal. Meanwhile, Epic did the PS2 version in-house[11], and Secret Level was able to use a lot of their hard work on "consolizing" the game.

External links and references Edit

  1. Demo Patch v322
  2. Version 348 Demo release announcement
  3. History of the changes to the demos between the 3dfx-only demo and the final Version 348 demo
  4. Unreal Tournament (1999) @
  5. Unreal Tournament @
  6. Unreal Tournament @
  7. Unreal Tournament (2000) @
  8. Unreal Technology Announcements - Steve Polge 19 November 1999
  9. Tim Sweeney's interview @ PlanetUnreal
  10. Josh Adams's post @ UT forums
  11. 11.0 11.1 Josh Adams's another post @ UT forums

See also Edit

Unreal (series)
Unreal - Unreal Mission Pack: Return to Na Pali
Unreal Tournament - Unreal Tournament 2003 - Unreal Tournament 2004 - Unreal Tournament 3 - Unreal Tournament 4
Unreal Championship - Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict

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