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The Lost Expansions (extensive list)

Discussion in 'Unreal' started by Leo(T.C.K.), Apr 12, 2021.

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  1. Leo(T.C.K.)

    Leo(T.C.K.) I did something m0tarded and now I have read only access! :(

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    OK, so because of my sudden strange post in the Games section, I wanted to post here an explanation and rundown of what kind of addon packs were planned for Unreal.
    First cancelled expansion: The Unreal Level Pack
    This one was featured in the magazines and everywhere with ads right after Unreal was released. The truth about this expansion is that they started preparing it all the way back in 1997 and Shane Caudle went on the project as the first guy to do so even before autumn 1997. He created the ShaneChurch set for this pack and later reused some brushes/parts for DM Gothic it would appear.
    The inclusion of shanechurch into botpack was rather last-minute decision as it is completely absent from the leaked beta version.
    Not much is known about the story of the pack, as it has been kept mostly under wraps. It is unknown whether the elements of the next pack or rtnp had any bearing on its story. It would have most likely recycled some cut Unreal levels as well.
    Second cancelled expansion: The Cyberlore's Mission Pack.
    This is the expansion pack that the "expansion notes" document is from, it is signed by cyberlore, not epic and was part of a deal the licensees had as a possibility to make expansion packs.
    After the GTi deal was cancelled with all those licensees except wheel of time with legend, it was only natural that Legend Ent. went for the chance to make their own take, but if those other games like Emissary woulon't have been cancelled we would get more of those Mission Packs other than RtNP.
    This is the one which has descriptions of the civil war on na pali and is often confused these days to think that it was original plan for rtnp, the truth is they were separate projects and the numbering would be most likely rearranged depending on which company made their pack first...
    It is also unknown if the level "fortressentrance" was part of this, even though it does look like Shane Caudle's work it might not have been and might have been part of this. The situation is complicated further by existence of two other levels cut from Unreal, Triton and "Mountain Fortress", the last-minute level being replaced by yet another last-minute level: Outpost 3J(which obviously still had by error the old title in very late pre-release material as evidenced by the title found in localizations which name the levels Mountain Fortress and Citadel respectively).
    Overall, it was an interesting expansion pack premise and one that would try to combine some RPG elements into Unreal such as buying weapons from neutral mercenaries, different paths for different characters you'd choose (including a member of one of the skaarj clans) and optional boss or two depending on your choice, with the bosses being an enemy skaarj queen/warlord and dragon and a mysterioud boss that was most likely modeled upon the "wizard" idea that would be the head of a "black stone castle", a central location in the pack.
    It would also feature some custom titan classes, a slith boss that would lay slith eggs, multiple weapons including a harpoon gun, confusion psi weapons, multipurpose launchers with various types of gel like sticky ones allowing you to climb surfaces and so on. The environment would also feature jungle and desert. Overall probably the most complex one of them.
    Third cancelled pack: The Shareware levels
    There was a shareware version of Unreal planned firmly at two points, one before Unreal's release and one past the release. The past one would have been on version 220 coinciding with the planned release of Unreal: Tournament Edition, a mixed version of Unreal and BotPack in one package, before BotPack was made a separate game as UT (kind of going back and forth with it too).
    But the first shareware version was meant to be released on version 100 as opposed to the retail 200 (yes that's why)...
    The xmas unreal trailer features some levels meant to be in this one, as it would follow a different character than the main game and thus be more separate. However you could later reuse/port the levels to the regular version should you want to play them there. That was at least seemingly the intention. This plan changed back and forth again but it's an interesting peek at what if.
    Especially if the only Unreal demo/shareware version was the half-assed Unreal Special Edition that without a fix (which is no longer to be found except my fix) or applying regular patch on it, it was impossible to play Dark Arena due to missing OEMEnd. And it didn't really have the UnrealI/UnrealShare separation yet as it happened to come out before 220 was ready or way there yet. And three exclusive dm levels that are way known by this point. It was just an OEM version and some included special maps by creative as "unreal scenarios". However it was nothing compared to the original shareware plan.
    This included levels that were heavy on showcasing some scripted sequences and such in order to "woo" people into buying the game.
    Fourth cancelled pack: The Intel OEM Pack
    A special Intel based OEM version that may or may have not come out was being developed since around March 1998. The main level designer was Eric Reuter, who had some gripes with Mark Rein unfortunately and when he left Epic he deleted his levels from their FTP as well, although the Intel Pack was still going and was headed by Nigel Kent. There is a chance that it got released in the end with some obscure intel product but there's no confirmation of it.
    Most of the info came via Eric and Nigel, Eric had it described on his website as working on this proprietary pack. One screenshot survived of this and maybe Amethyst was going to reappear there as well at one point. However it was primarily crypt based and the style/detail of the new levels was more reminiscent of the cancelled unreal psx (which was thankfully mostly recovered when it came to levels).
    Its possible that the cut crypt levels like Soledad would also make their way here or be reused in another pack since they were not planned for rtnp and epic forbade using them there(as it turned out from conversations I had with various epic/legend members, or they would reppear in the 220 shareware version instead).
    Fifth cancelled pack: Unreal Mega Pack - not much is known about this apart that it was scheduled for december 1998, it might have been a combination pack or something else, maybe in the same spirit as the mega pack for ut2004, meaning it could take the form of previously community made levels that won the contest (similar idea like the "french level pack" we had with yrex, which was based off the limited french unreal edition with the votlan bonus level and the links to download contest levels and more). So it would be probably the inhouse epic take on some contest levels rearranged into a bigger and more polished pack. There would also have been extra textures/example levels in the separate UnrealED commercial release which was scheduled before this pack would hit stores...its likely the megapack would have incorporated all the cut stuff that still remained in the source files like peacemaker and the slith variations or it would have been in the level pack instead, or both
     
  2. Leo(T.C.K.)

    Leo(T.C.K.) I did something m0tarded and now I have read only access! :(

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    Sixth cancelled pack: (yes this is getting silly) Steele Dawn by Level Infinity
    This was ultimately decided to not go to stores, but instead release as freeware following bad experience with the twin dragon expansion they made for shadow warrior that was also released freeware. However this was basically a commercial company, the status of this pack however would be similar to Quake 2 Zaero (which they even helped making), basically "unofficial" third expansion pack for q2 that was being sold commercially but not strictly canon.
    Only one level was recovered from this unfortunately devoid of system files and a wip version of that, by crista forest. This pack had new weapons and creatures that some of which were only seen in screenshots. It didn't have many levels as such however each of the levels was large and created by a different person so it was like one level by a mapper, it also had some dm levels as well. The only recovered level was by Crista forest and I "remixed" it for my unreal psx rework, this time being played backwards and separated into two with a secret level in the middle and some extra stuff. I did this because it seemed unlikely the entire project could be ever recovered even though I did manage to reach one guy who worked on it but went silent during the last year...
    The weapons seen on screenshots were a special double-barreled shotgun and a rifle similar to one of the u4e weapons but more serious. (like the gun that causes the delayed but guaranteed kill on an enemy)
    The only new monster seen was a low res shot of a feral creature, most likely its code was reused for upak's predator as it was jess crable himself who worked on this as well as on UPak. Thus when this project was dropped the idea for Predator of UPak came to be.
    It was not the same, but the skin pattern of this monster was similar to the upak's predator aka pack-hunter.
    The story was a little strange but it established that the Nali were present on more planets than just Na Pali, but it was more of a case of "we wouldn't have time to come up with new civilization on another planet" instead. So it didn't take place on Na Pali but on a similar planet I believe in the same system (but I might be wrong). However it still breathed Unreal atmosphere all around and you wouldn't really tell it wasn't on Na Pali as such.
    Seventh and eight: The initial "alien legion" Unreal phase, plus "Invasion of Na Pali" a project by Drevlin that he doesn't remember any details about, except that on his old website the project linked into epic/legend stuff so the rumor is that this was considered to be "Mission Pack 2" at one point or a pitch for it, as this is past UPak in either way. I find the early AL stuff to be very much worthy of being MP2 as well. Plus there's the mysterious MP_01 map by AmberEyes, who was involved around those guys too and maybe even worked on Alien Legion. Fact is, this map, called wreck of urania 3, lacks any readme files and it links into MP_02 and possibly further, so my guess is that this was a demo map for Mission Pack 2 or something similar and released only after the pack got cancelled as a sample map. There was most likely a lot more from this than was seen, however it is a very professionaly made map and a good example of a first game map, kind of like Vortex Rikers but more challenging and hazardous, excellent for Mission Pack 2 I'd say.

    So yea...that's it. And indeed I managed to track down some people who had some of this, but locked in some archive states away and not being able to due to covid and thus most likely ending the chance forever given this situation.

    Honorary mentions:
    The UT level packs: UT Addon Pack (aka very early Devastation) that transformed into Unreal: Devastation and later into the plain Devastation game. This was an addonpack with singleplayer element that turned into another unreal spinoff/prequel game. this wasn't bonuspack 5 like some people think it was
    RealTournament: A would-be maybe commercial project cancelled and released as free mod that was never finished.
    various ut goty iterations/plans like tactical ops, even though evilgrins claims to have/had one version of ut goty that had dark magic and such, which was planned. Hopefuly he will one day upload the contents of his other ut goty then...
     
  3. Alisha5050

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    Here's a quick look at all of the expansions in order of release:
    • Curse of Osiris (December 5th, 2017)
    • Warmind (May 8th, 2018)
    • Forsaken (September 4th, 2018)
    • Shadowkeep (October 1st, 2019)
    • Beyond Light (November 10th, 2020)
    • The Witch Queen (2021)
    • Lightfall (Working title, 2022)
    • Poopcake (working title, 2023)
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