View Full Version : Unreal II on Xbox This Winter!

16th Jul 2003, 12:05 PM
This press release from the PR people at Atari landed in the BU news mailbox... and now it's official -- Unreal II will come to Xbox this winter! The press release also mentions a co-operative single player mode being developed for Xbox live, so it's quite possible that the PC version will see co-op play too.

Console Version of PC Hit Includes Xbox Enhancements, Multiplayer Game Modes Including
Single Player Cooperative Play And Online Competition

LOS ANGELES - July 16, 2003 - Atari is bringing UnrealŪ II: The Awakening
to the Xbox(tm) video game system from Microsoft this Holiday season. Unreal II:
The Awakening is the follow-up to Epic Games' 1998 smash PC hit, Unreal. The Xbox
version of the game will include console specific enhancements and exclusive multiplayer
modes playable on Xbox Live!

"Unreal II: The Awakening raised the bar for single player first person
shooters on personal computer, and now Xbox owners will get to experience the
same amazing gameplay along with the multiplayer benefits of Xbox Live!,"
said Steve Allison, vice president of marketing in Atari's Los Angeles studio.
"The game features a great story, amazing graphics and truly unique gameplay
styles that keep it exciting from beginning to end. It's the perfect title for
console shooter fans."

The Xbox version is in development by Tantalus and Legend Entertainment (an
Atari studio) in concert with Epic Games. The game is being modified and tweaked
to create better-than-ever performance and controls specifically designed for
the Xbox.

In the game, players jump into the scarred combat boots of a grizzled lawman
of the future to battle a torrent of bizarre alien creatures and hard-hitting
enemy soldiers. The mission: win a brutal galactic race to collect powerful artifacts
and stop a malevolent plot to awaken an ancient power. The player will be dispatched
to unique worlds with exotic new settings that range from stunningly realistic
outdoor terrain to spine-chilling alien cities, archaeological dig sites and more.

The player will be armed with a devastating arsenal, ranging from familiar
alien-bashing favorites like the Rocket Launcher and Combat Assault Rifle to all
new exotic alien variants modified by your cantankerous ship's engineer. Those
weapons will come in handy versus a large bestiary of creatures, including the
fearsome Skaarj from the original Unreal along with a host of all-new enemies,
such as the Drakk and the Izarians.

Unreal II: The Awakening for Xbox will include a robust multiplayer component
both on- and off-line. Two players will be able to join forces in splitscreen
co-op mode to battle through the epic single player campaign as a team of mercenaries.
Online play will be supported through Xbox Live! and will feature an all new class-based,
team-oriented multiplayer mode.

Under the hood lays the latest Unreal technology from Epic Games, creating
the best graphics available on any system. The advanced particle system creates
the illusion of blazing fire, drifting smoke and weather effects. Enemies in the
game use new AI to find cover during fire-fights, work together in teams and react
believably based on the caliber of weapon the player is carrying.

Unreal II: The Awakening for Xbox is expected to ship in the 2003 Holiday season
with an estimated retail price of $49.95 and an ESRB rating of "M" for
Mature. Additional information about the game can be found online at www.unreal2.com,
which features downloadable and streaming game play movies, screenshots and other
game information and background.

16th Jul 2003, 12:09 PM
WOOHOO! \o/ :D

16th Jul 2003, 04:37 PM
I don't see why the Xbox gets to have enhanced performance and features over my PC :( At least they're making multiplayer a feature from the start this time. Pity the rest of the game's so inadequate.

And perhaps someone can tell me what "holiday season" means; you always see it in American PR and adverts, never with any explanation. I've always wondered which holiday it's supposed to be referring to!

16th Jul 2003, 04:42 PM
Around the middle of November is when we refer to it as the holiday season because we have a lot of holidays that time of year.

16th Jul 2003, 04:46 PM
How odd! Thanks.

16th Jul 2003, 07:32 PM
"The game features a great story, amazing graphics and truly unique gameplay styles that keep it exciting from beginning to end.

OMG Steve Allison = big fat liar

16th Jul 2003, 09:03 PM
I sure hope that the big multiplayer add-on that Legend is planning on releasing for U2 PC includes co-op play. The PC players that bought that game on good faith deserve every bit of gameplay the Xbox version is delivering.