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Sunday, March 19, 2000

War Cow Skin

One of the new meshes in the Unreal Tournament bonus pack is the Nali War Cow (a personal favorite of THoP's very own J). UnrealTerritory has come out with a Holstein skin for it that is a riot. You can see a screenshot here and download it here. Thanks Planet Unreal.

Daikatana Gold?

According to Avault, Diakatana is "finished" and is awaiting a final announcement of Gold status from Eidos. I'll believe it when I see it. But I think H311 has to freeze over first.

A.T. Hun comments: /me sings It's the end of the world as we know it . . .

Saturday, March 18, 2000

News on UT 406 Patch

Epic's Jack "Mek" Porter posted to the GT Forums regarding the status of the Unreal Tournament 406 patch. Here's the news:
Things were set back a bit by our trip to GDC last week, and the time we spent getting ready for it.

We're back testing candidates and we should have server administrators on our utservers mailing list testing it by Monday.
Soonish, then. You can find a complete list of all the forthcoming changes here. Thanks PlanetUnreal.

Linux Console Gaming

A company called Indrema has announced a Linux-based gaming console. No word on when it will be out. As always, the specs look very impressive. Whether or not they can deliver is another issue. You can check Indrema's website for the full scoop. My main question is, if developers won't make game for Linux, how do you convince them to make games for a Linux-based console? Thanks Voodoo Extreme.

Stephens on Daikatana

ION Storm's Noel Stephens updated his .plan with some more rather strong "hints" that Daikatana is, at last, going to go gold. In other words, the world is about to end, so you'd best get at repenting ASAP. Here's a couple bits:
Been a very long 7 months! Things have become quite different since I first started on this project. During the process of this project I have taken off around 1 week, and most of that time during the 'vacation' I was sick. However, heh, this weekend I am going home to have a nice long 2 day weekend... 2 WHOLE days!!!!! *hint* *hint*

As far as when the game will be done, well I am taking the weekend off and breaking the 7 day a week schedule, thus we must be VERY close to completion!!!!
Of course, THAT call is up to Eidos. Heck, I think we'll see a game developer in a nudie mag before Daikatana comes out! Oh, wait . . .

UT Code == Done?

According to this article on Gamespy from the GDC, Epic is about to put Unreal Tournament to bed so they can focus on their next game. Here's the pertinent bits:
What next? Well, in a few weeks, Epic will wrap it up with the Unreal Tournament code and declare it "done." Then all further changes to the engine will geared toward their next game, and of course available to engine licensees.
I assume this means that they are bypassing the 406 patch and going straight on to the 407 patch with skeletal animation that was alluded to before (story). Of course, I've been wrong before. Thanks Shugashack.

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