announced that it will be releasing a beta “tech demo” of its Mac conversion of Unreal Tournament 2003. That demo is being released today, as a free download.
Created by Digital Extremes in collaboration with Epic Games, Unreal Tournament 2003 is the popular first person shooter (FPS) that’s currently in development by Epic Games. It’ll be published by MacSoft once it’s done. The game made its Mac debut at Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco this past January, where MacSoft hosted daily LAN parties in the gaming area to show off Unreal Tournament 2003’s multiplayer capabilities.
Unreal Tournament 2003 is the latest installment of the popular Unreal franchise. The game puts players in a futuristic arena battle where you can compete against computer-controlled players or other humans on Local Area Network (LAN) or through the Internet, picking up bizarre and powerful weapons, health powerups, and adrenaline capsules and more.
Unreal Tournament 2003 features a 100-200x polygon count increase over the last installment, according to MacSoft, and sports improved game types and brand-new game modes, six races of character to choose from, with more than 50 individual characters, and more than 30 maps. Players can choose from new weapons and use a new skill — Special Moves — to take down their foes.
The beta tech demo version of Unreal Tournament 2003 for Mac features four maps — two deathmatch, one capture the flag map, and 1 “bombing run” map — along with most of the weapons that can be found in the full version of the game.
MacSoft’s announcement comes one day after Apple released Mac OS X 10.2.6. In the release notes for the new operating system update, Apple noted that improvements had been made for the as-yet unreleased Mac conversion of Unreal Tournament 2003. MacSoft reiterates that by noting that Mac OS X 10.2.6 is a requirement for the game.
Otherwise, minimum system requirements for the beta tech demo of Unreal Tournament 2003 for the Mac call for a 700MHz or faster processor, 256MB RAM, and an ATI Radeon or Nvidia GeForce2 MX-based 3D graphics accelerator with at least 32MB VRAM. Also, the game requires Mac OS X 10.2.6 in order to work.
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