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Monday, June 24, 2002

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2:39 PM | Vern Xiong | Comment on this story

Mark Rein from Epic Games Inc. is at it again in the Infogrames, Inc. forums. He gave another status update on upcoming Unreal Tournament 2003 for the PC. He still mainly talked about video card enhancements and also unveiled that some popular older cards will also work with UT 2003.

Here's a little of what he said:

Rizax: You said "You Voodoo guys are so die hard you dont know when to stop" - I think that's unfair. Did you ever stop to consider that maybe some people don't have a lot of money for computer upgrades? Maybe they bought a Voodoo 5 5000 or 5500 back in June '00 when it was launched and they want to get more life out of it. Don't laugh but a Voodoo5 5500, in terms of fill-rate alone, outperforms several cards shipped this year! That's not to say it will outperform all of them in our game (hardware T&L boosts performance considerably) but it will give you a decent performance and decent visuals none the less. Hey a GeForce 4 Ti 4200 or a Radeon 8500 would be a wonderful upgrade for folks like these but if I had a V5 5500 and a very limited computer upgrade budget I'd be happy with the game and consider maybe saving up for a DX9 (i.e. next generation) card instead so I could play DOOM III next year. For some people it might be buy the game or upgrade the computer - not both. If the demo runs well enough for them then they can buy the game and get some enjoyment out of their computer until they can afford to upgrade it. At that point they'll know they've already got a game which takes full advantage of their upgrade.

Mark Rein: The main point of this part of my status update was to point out that we were wrong with our early estimate that the game would not play at all on some of these lower-end cards. If the rest of the system is up to spec then these games can actually play pretty well on some of these cards. So what we want to do is encourage people with these kinds of cards to play the official demo when it gets released and judge for themselves if it runs well enough on their computers to consider buying it or if perhaps they like the game and want to upgrade their computers to get it a better presentation on their systems.

While Unreal Tournament 2003 hasn't been announced for the Mac yet, there has been some indication that it eventually will be. If you would like to know more about what went on, go ahead and jump on over to the forum at Infogrames.

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