Unreal Arena Reaches Beta
9:56 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story
A while back we brought you news of an unusual 'mod' for Quake 3 Arena, one which attempted to partially convert the game to its rival shooter, Unreal Tournament. Now the team behind this mod has released a 'beta' version with several map and weapon conversions for gameplay testing and feedback.
It is a curious effort which highlights the many differences between the two games, from the faster running speed and smaller world scale of Q3A to the more flexible weapons of UT, with their alt-fire modes. As for the legality of such a project -- well, Epic's lawyers may have something to say if UT sound effects, music and textures end up in Q3A.
In any case, now you actually have something to take for a spin. Here's an update on the mod's progress, from the web site:
Beta v0.4 of our UT to Q3 partial conversion mod is now available. It's official name is Unreal Arena. This is a public beta release for everyone to help test the mod through out it's development. Mainly this beta v0.4 is to test a few of the maps, and several of the weapons we've included, and to generate some feedback and squash any bugs that have been overlooked on our part. This is an early test version, and does not reflect on how the actual final release will be. We're only going to make improvements in the design. A quick note also, we are not converting the whole game.So, if you are a Q3A user curious about what UT maps might look like, or an UT fanatic who plays Q3A on the sly (we know you are out there...) then this is a Mod to try. And as always, the tastiest UT and Q3A mods can be found at Macgamefiles, so check back often.
We're making the mod available with no music, but with an optional .pk3 file containing the .wav music files for each of the maps. This way we won't be forcing people that don't want the music to have to d/l it. This is temporary for now as we're looking into doing the .mp3 thing for the mod.
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