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RaptoR
17th Jul 2003, 06:25 AM
We reported yesterday that scans of a large UT2004 preview from the Dutch gaming magazine PC Gameplay had been posted over on the Atari Forums.

While the Dutch article doesn't reveal a wealth of new UT2004 info, Steve Polge's answer to this question is rather interesting (thanks to hans_vdc for the translation).

PCGP: will there be some other new weapons, next to the already annoucned spider mines?

SP: for now there will be four new weapons (spider mindes included). there will be a rocketlauncher specifically designed to take out vehicles. you'll be able to guide this rocket to the target. there are also sticky mines, which you can fire and so they stick on other players or vehicles and last but not least after popular demand, the traditional sniper rifle makes a comeback.

So there you have it -- a new rocket launcher for taking out vehicles, as well as the return of the trusty sniper rifle.

We also grabbed some screenshots from the scans posted on the Atari forums, cleaned them up a bit and have posted them below for your viewing pleasure :).



Aircraft

Hovercraft

In-game 1

In-game 2

In-game 3

Robot

Skaarj

FluXs
17th Jul 2003, 08:11 AM
hmm sweet stuff, I cant wait to get our vehicles into UT2004 :)

The Twiggman
17th Jul 2003, 03:04 PM
Will the vehicles have bot support? Or be like 2 seaters and one driver and one gunner. That would be pro. Or be able to build stationary guns.

The pictures looked rather the same as 2k3 though. Just new models and vehicles.

Assymilator
17th Jul 2003, 03:22 PM
Yes! Sniper Rifle! :):tup:

Nemephosis
17th Jul 2003, 04:54 PM
So enough people bitched and complained about the sniper rifle, and Epic gave in. Let's hear it for change, you whining pussies. :shake:

djpaul
17th Jul 2003, 05:03 PM
A proper Sniper rifle, spider mines, guidable rockets - you could pay 30 for UT2004, or download Chaos UT2 (http://dynamic4.gamespy.com/~chaotic/index.php) and have (eveything but the spider mines, in this build), for free.

What seems most sensible?

RaptoR
17th Jul 2003, 05:41 PM
You're overlooking the small matter of vehicles, the new player models, two huge new game modes and 40 new maps, plus improved netcode and voice chat support.

djpaul
17th Jul 2003, 05:49 PM
You're overlooking the small matter of vehicles, the new player models, two huge new game modes and 40 new maps, plus improved netcode and voice chat support.

Yes. But the only end-user-noticable test of netcode is if it significantly decreases - the user notices the delay. I suspect this statement might be referring to Karma, which is a big beast to replicate at the moment (which they'd need to address as these new vehicles use karma). Very little/no Karma is replicated at the moment, therefore we cannot notice an "improvement" if we've nothing to base our (new) observations on.

Voice chat is always welcome, as are playermodels and the vehicles.

How many maps do you play on frequently? Not as many as 40, i'd guess.

Playermodels are different, as these are download less than map, so this is welcome.

Selerox
18th Jul 2003, 06:50 AM
So enough people bitched and complained about the sniper rifle, and Epic gave in. Let's hear it for change, you whining pussies. :shake:

Agreed. The sniper rifle was dropped from from UT2003 for a reason.

Epic really needs to think more carefully about who they listen to, before they start making changes that hurt the balance of the game.

DeRailer
18th Jul 2003, 08:03 AM
Well Epic mentioned a new sniper rifle, but they didn't mention they'll be removing the Lightning gun from tdm and ctf. You can't have spidermines in tdm and duels so...
Lets just wait for official words

Curve[UK]
18th Jul 2003, 08:43 PM
hhhmm anyone else notice the subtle way that robot looks like xan? Except i guess there is no chance of giving that bombshell away so easily.

Nemephosis
18th Jul 2003, 08:53 PM
Well considering they already said Xan was coming back (so now it's Xan AND the old sniper rifle, why don't I just go play UT again :rolleyes: ) I don't think it's that impossible.

The Twiggman
19th Jul 2003, 10:05 AM
Hehe, thats sweet dude. Xan rules. Anyways I didn't even know there was more gametypes in this version. So thats a little better now. But still I think they should have all the weapons from all the series. Like a nice pile to mix and match. How much can that be. And the replay value will be up there in there end.