Free Modified UT2003 Engine Release Soon, Mac Possibility
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The Fragging for Fun Clan website has posted some news from Mark Rein of Epic regarding a development which may be of interest to aspiring developers. According to the writeup, a version of the Unreal Tournament 2003 game engine, meant to be licensed for non-gaming use, will be released sometime in the future. Included in the package will be an Unreal Engine runtime and Epic's Unreal toolset, which includes UnrealEd, Karma Authoring Tool, UnrealScript IDE, UnrealScript Debugger and exporters for Max and Maya.
The package will be available as a free download for non-commercial and educational users. Those looking to use it for commercial purposes will be obligated to pay Epic a fee, though the fee should be consierably less than the $350,000+ they usually charge, though Rein notes that support from Epic will not be available.
Rein also notes that the package will not be UT2003 compatible, and that any maps made with it will not work in UT2003. Another catch for Mac users is that the tools are currently only Windows based. However, Rein does add that, should the demand arise, both Linux and Mac versions might be made available.
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