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Unreal Engine History
7:42 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

In order to commemorate the multi-platform release of the new Unreal Tournament 2004 demo yesterday, Epic Games fansite unrealops have posted the first part of a detailed look at the history of the Unreal Engine.

The first instalment, complete with quotes from Unreal creators James Schmalz, Tim Sweeney and Cliff Bleszinski, covers the tumultuous times from the game's first inception a decade ago until 1997. During this time, the Unreal Engine transformed from an assembly language-coded mech assault game into a futuristic sci-fi first person shooter. James Schmalz writes:

"The ideas for Unreal varied a huge amount in the first year. The very first idea was that it would be a mech style game with a deformable terrain. I had two terrains, one below and one overhead and they met in the middle so it looks like a cave. You could blast a rocket into a wall and start digging your own tunnel. Then I threw around the idea that it would be a vampire type game and then a fantasy dungeons and dragons style action game. That was in those early screen shots where you saw that red dragon. Then I finally made it futuristic sci-fi. That was best at the time because it allowed us to create a variety of really cool visual environments and gave us more flexibility in our designs."
The article is a fascinating look into the past of one of the gaming world's most influencial gaming technologies, and is a worthwhile read both to longtime fans of Unreal-powered games, and anyone else impatiently waiting for their 200 meg download of the Unreal Tournament 2004 demo to finish.

And for anyone who missed the announcements, Epic Games released the Mac and PC versions of their new online multiplayer Unreal Tournament 2004 yesterday afternoon. The demo, weighing in at just over 200 megs, includes numerous maps and five playable game modes, including two modes not available in the game's 2003 version.

Gamers wanting to get their hands on the demo should head over to IMG's sister site MacGameFiles and download to their hearts's content. IMG Pro subscribers can enjoy accelerated download speeds by clicking on the Hot Downloads link at the top of the page. Like the demo? Head over to the IMG Store and pre-order your own copy of Unreal Tournament 2004 today.

Part One of the Unreal Engine History
Digital Extremes
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