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Monday, July 3, 2000
UT Rocket Arena Update
10:15 AM | Toby Allen | Comment on this story

At the beginning of the year, former Epic member Brandon "GreenMarine" Reinhart released a much-anticipated Unreal Tourney mod, Rocket Arena. This mod was an update of a classic Quake style of combat in which two opponents went one on one with a full complement of weapons in specially designed arenas. Soon after it's release, the mod had to be pulled due to several bugs and interface problems that seemed to slip past the beta testers. After numerous delays, the team is finally ready to talk about their current work and the future of Rocket arena.

Our CGA affiliate Stomped has an exclusive interview with the two main programmers behind this great mod, "GreenMarine" Reinhart and Mike "Mongo" Lambert. These interviews cover their feelings about the mod being pulled after release, the backlash from fans, and other various issues that occurred after they removed the mod from the public eye. Mongo also gives an update on the current development of UT Rocket Arena:

Stomped: What is the current status of Rocket Arena UT? How much more work is needed before the mod is ready for release?

Lambert: After the release of 1.25 was pulled, both GreenMarine and I agreed to work on a major revision of RA:UT, that was to fix many of the big issues for RA:UT in terms of the gui and general interface. However, we've found that many people do not wish to wait for such a release, and would rather get a fixed-up version of 1.25 to play. As such, I've decided to re-focus my efforts on fixing up 1.25 to give the community something to play while I work on the revised version.. Hopefully, we should be able to get a fixed-up version of 1.25 out the door quickly. :) Most of the 1.25 bugs have been fixed, and the beta testers should get their hands on it soon. The release date all depends upon how many bugs they find...

Although Greenmarine is very busy at 3D Realms working on Duke Nukem Forever, he will certainly try and get RA out as soon as possible. If you search thoroughly around the net you might be able to find the older version of Rocket Arena, which actually isn't buggy enough to be unplayable, just confusing to use. And it features some of the finest map work we've seen so far in Unreal Tournament. Check out the Stomped interviews for more details.

Stomped Interviews UT RA Team
UT Rocket Arena Web Site

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