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NA PALI: A Potential Mod for UNREAL 2?

Discussion in 'Unreal 2' started by Vortex Convict, May 25, 2010.

  1. Vortex Convict

    Vortex Convict New Member

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    Hello, everyone,
    I've been familiar with someone else on the forum wanting to recreate the first UNREAL through the UTIII engine, but I was curious as to whether UNREAL can be recreated as a mod for UNREAL 2.

    I know that UNREAL 2's engine is flawed and very difficult to work with, which accounts for very few mods being made for it. However, the engine in UNREAL 2 is incredibly beautiful, and to quote loosely what PC Gamer reviewer remarked about the game, the engine would look spectacular in the hands of an inspired modder. I like the richness of the UNREAL 2's colors and the immensity of its environments, and the potential the engine has for DEUS EX-like interaction (whether it can be pulled off or not). I have this image in my head of a even larger version of The Trench level, with a super-titanic Titan (60 ft. as opposed to 30 ft.) approaching you with a volumeric yellow/gray sky above populated with alert gasbags.

    The conversation branch part of UNREAL 2 could be used for communicating with the Nali or wounded humans you may encounter.

    Plus, the engine is less blurry than UTIII.

    Is the engine too flawed to do an UNREAL mod for UNREAL 2?
     
  2. EQ²

    EQ² Code Monkey

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    You've identified at the start the biggest problem you face, in that this is already being undertaken, in a newer more capable engine, and it's a mammoth task in any engine. Starting it in another doesn't seem to make a lot of sense from that point of view.

    Unreal 2 has it's flaws, but the engine is very capable and some of the capabilities that Legend added were unrivalled at the time and for some time afer. However these features were very poorly documented (making it difficult for modders to get started), sometimes buggy or very unforgiving (the particle system is outstanding, but a tiny mistake when creating one can crash the engine for example) and combined with the fact that the game was never that popular and had a fairly small following lead to very little being made in the way of mods.

    The advantages in using the Unreal 2 engine itself would as you say be the conversation engine, although it's overrated, and very good AI support, however I wouldn't say these really have enough weight to justify using the U2 engine. By the same token, quite a few of the main technical innovations made in U2 were ported into U2XMP (the multiplayer add-on) which used a later code-drop than U2 itself and fixed a noticeable batch of problems that U2 had, and had better (although still not fantastic) modding support, so why not use that as a base?

    More to the point, if you were to pursue a UE2 remake of Unreal, why not use a UE2.5 game like UT2004? In terms of general ubiquity of the base game surely that's the most sensible choice: it doesn't make sense to pile masses of work (and remaking all of Unreal on a different engine would be masses of work) into a game that a small number of people have, than another with a very similar engine that is ubiquitous. Sure, 2004 doesn't have terrain that casts shadows and it doesn't have ParticleSalamanders (alas), but besides that there are very few reasons to not consider it.

    I think the answer to your question is probably (and this is just my opinion), "no it's not too flawed, it's an incredibly capabable engine which demonstrated some superb innovation, but the minor flaws which it does have were all addressed in later code drops of the same engine, and moreso in 2.5, so why not use those?"

    Plus, going back to the start, this project is already on the make in a later engine, so what would you aim to achieve?
     
  3. GreatEmerald

    GreatEmerald Khnumhotep

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    From my experience, there are quite a lot of neat things in Unreal II, but yes, like EQ2 pointed out, they are very much undocumented. But things like AIScripts, the dialogue system, the particle awesomeness (personally I never had it crash, if there's an error it only turns the salamander off until you fix it), and neat things like changing every single default property of spawned things or search for actors by any property or value. And the Golem studio, the very undocumeted yet pretty promising thing.

    But yes, there are drawbacks like the obvious broken netcode, no light preview support in the editor and the infamous "..." bug. Lack of SVehicles might also be a problem, but there are always KVehicles. And ultimately EQ2 raises the right point: porting the whole Unreal would be a heck of a job. There must be a dedicated team working on things like that and for a long time, something that rarely, if ever, can happen.
     
  4. Manticore

    Manticore Official BUF Birthday Spammer

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    Worth a bnump.
     
  5. Leo(T.C.K.)

    Leo(T.C.K.) Well-Known Member

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    There was a cancelled mod from Jaspos that took place on Na Pali, but not as a remake of Unreal itself.

    I think it's not a shame to go ahead and start such a mod. It is possible that at some point you were going to visit Na Pali (maybe as optional location) in Unreal2. After all, there was even one map in alpha of unreal championship taking place there so it's not such a stretch to imagine.

    I believe the conversation system was only used to its full potential in some tutorial mod, not sure if its avaiable any longer at this point.

    Either way, it still has a lot of potential and a lot of great mods got cancelled because the game wasn't so popular. I'd advise against doing a mod for ut2004 because there are so many already and the point is indeed to support this game better.

    Technically U2XMP is already UE 2.5. People are really confusing the engines on large scale and it's a lot of nonsense what's being taught on most of the wikis out there. What's usually referred to as UE 2.5 these days (incorrectly mind you) is past UE3 developement UE2, meaning hybrid engine. The Ut2004 engine can be barely called that really, but really technically at the level of Epic and its documentation are concerned, anything past 2000 builds of the engine was already most likely engine 2.5 so I'm really sorry guys but that's how it truly is. UT2004 falls nowhere in the strict cathegories. It wasn't really past the initial UE3 phase yet and it definitely was UE 2.5 on Epic's level but so was U2XMP and even UT2003 so there's no point here really. Not a lot of games were released on the true UE 2, back then mostly still refered to simply as the plain Unreal Warfare engine....
     

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