Gamers worldwide have made the trial version of Unreal Tournament 2004 one of the most popular game demo downloads of all time, with more than 1.5 million downloads in the first week of availability. The demo first hit the Internet on Wednesday, February 11, and was distributed on a worldwide scale.
Fans can download the demo directly from www.unrealtournament.com or choose from a list of mirror servers found on the Web site. The full version of Unreal Tournament 2004 is expected to be available at retail in March; pre-orders are now available at all major game sales outlets.
According to statistics tracked by Web sites offering the demo, more than 1.5 million users accessed the Unreal Tournament 2004 demo in the last week alone. Graphics card maker, NVIDIA, which hosts the demo on its own "nZone" gaming portal, reports that more than 140,000 gamers have downloaded the demo from their server. FilePlanet.com, one of the most popular online video game download destinations, reported more than 110,000 downloads, making the Unreal Tournament 2004 download one of the fastest demo downloads to reach 100,000 in the site's history. On most gaming sites offering the download, the Unreal Tournament 2004 demo is maintaining its position as the top download.
"Fan reaction has been over-the-top, demonstrating that the 'Unreal Tournament' franchise is still the King of the Hill for online multiplayer games," said Peter Wyse, executive producer at Atari. "Epic's excellent work at reinventing its own masterpiece continues to impress gamers worldwide. The introduction of Onslaught mode, the reemergence of Assault mode and the all-new vehicles in 'Unreal Tournament 2004' have created exactly what action fans have been waiting for - the definitive multiplayer experience on PC!"
Unreal Tournament 2004 is developed by Epic Games in conjunction with Digital Extremes. The Unreal Tournament 2004 official demo includes five playable game modes, and offers fans their first taste of Unreal Tournament 2004's two new gameplay styles: the introduction of the hyper-charged Onslaught mode and the return of the fan-favorite Assault mode, which last appeared in the original Unreal Tournament. The demo also features established game types like Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and Bombing Run.
"We are really proud and excited to see the fans of the 'Unreal' franchise embracing the all new gameplay elements in 'Unreal Tournament 2004' in such overwhelming numbers," said Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games. "As a company, we focused hard on making a game that was more than just an incremental improvement and could meet our standards for breaking new ground in terms of gameplay innovation and multiplayer competition. Clearly, as PC gamers everywhere have demonstrated, 'Unreal Tournament 2004' stands to redefine what it means to compete online."Some of the new features showcased in the "Unreal Tournament 2004" demo include:
- Onslaught Mode: Onslaught is an epic-in-scope team-based challenge that pits two teams in bitter warfare across massive terrain maps in a frag-filled battle to destroy, capture and hold key power nodes. Vehicles play a major role as war-hardened flying and driving machines transport combatants to the "front" and serve as mobile platforms to launch devastating attacks on the enemy.
- Assault Mode: In the completely redesigned Assault mode, gamers are challenged to complete a variety of mission objectives to attack or defend bases in a bigger and badder version of the Unreal Tournament classic; many Assault maps require the use of vehicles as a critical gameplay element.
- Vehicles: Unreal Tournament 2004 features a variety of land-, space- and air-based vehicles, including buggies, tanks, hovercraft, aircraft and more.
- Voice Technology: Integrated voice communications, including voice-over-IP technology to allow real-time chat during gameplay; voice recognition, allowing players to issue orders to computer controlled bots; and, text-to-voice conversion of typed chat.
Unreal Tournament 2004 is expected to release in March, in both a standard and a Special Edition format. The game will feature more than 100 environments and 80 characters as well as all the action and excitement that made the original Unreal Tournament a smash hit.
For more information, to download the demo or to find download mirror sites, please visit the official Web site at www.unrealtournament.com.