UT3 Beta Demo Released

Back in 2000, there were two must-have games in terms of frenetic online multiplayer: Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament. As to which one was superior, though, debates still rage on in parts of the internet, and I'm not even going to go near that can of worms. At any rate, UT was apparently popular enough for Epic Games to release a sequel, the cleverly named Unreal Tournament 2003, and then another sequel, UT2004, to fix many of the complaints lobbied against UT2003. Not soon after, we saw our first screenshots of Unreal Tournament 2007, and we were blown away by the incredible graphics; anticipation made the wait seem endless. But now, seven years after the original UT, the first public beta demo of UT2007 has been...released!

We reported earlier that the UT2007 Demo was close to release, and luckily our sources did not fail us. The demo includes three deathmatch and vehicle capture the flag maps with support for bots and online play, though the highly anticipated Unreal Warfare mode will not be making an appearance just yet. From posts by users on the Neowin forums, performance seems fairly good for an early release, and we will update as more reports become available. Gamers can grab the demo from Fileplanet, though download speeds have been taking a hit as the download garners more attention.

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Keep in mind that the demo uses low resolution textures to keep the download size somewhat reasonable. The full game will have higher resolution textures. Not to mention this is still a beta. It's a bit soon to be complaining.

The demo uses low-res textures?!
In that case, I want to see what the high-res ones look like, because Suspense especially looks very impressive as it is for me!

I'm not really that impressed. They made an engine around a game. Just like ID did with Q3. In both cases, the stand alone installment sucked. You all can have it. I'll save my $50 USD.

The frame rate is smooth on my laptop (med detail, 1024x768) but the mouse movements are very 'jerky'.
Didn't really blow my mind in terms of game play compared with UT2004.

Fubar said,
its a beta so i doubt theyd include it for this and on 1600x1200 you dont really need it lol

beta or not, every single UT3 engine game lacks antialias support for dx10 cards. and you do need it, pretty irritating to see aliased objects.

Won't install for me, downloaded 3x.
Using Windows XP 64-bit (I read the .ini file and it doesn't show this OS)
Anyone else having this issue?

Love the War of the Worlds vehicle. Also, you can really make people laugh by hitting walls/falling off cliffs + feign death. The effect is hilarious.

it's very playable on my machine, here are my specs.
Intel Core 2 Duo e6600 oc'd to 3.6Ghz
2GB Corsair PC6400 800Mhz
eVGA 7950 GT 512MB
X-Fi Platinum

I never uninstalled AVG a/v but I'm not sure if when Epic says 7900 graphics cards if they mean 7900 series or not ...I'm not having any problems playing this at all. I can't wait for this to go gold!

HELP: does anybody know how to change the game startup resolution to 1680*1050 before i launch the game? apparently vista and my 7900gt drivers (163.75) dont agree on any other resolution but the native.

The Readmedemo.rtf says AVG should be removed.

Some issues with NVIDIA 7900 graphics cards cause the game to stop: If users are getting crashes creating rendering resources (pixel shaders, index buffers, textures etc) on NVIDIA cards with low operating system memory (1Gb or less), follow these steps for a workaround:

1. If AVG anti-virus software is installed, it needs to be uninstalled. This program causes resource conflicts with drivers. Be sure to restart the system after removing AVG.
2. In UTGame/Config/UTEngine.ini, set bInitializeShadersOnDemand=True.
3. Run the game again.

You'll find the UTEngine.ini in your Documents folder.

xiphi said,
The Readmedemo.rtf says AVG should be removed.

You'll find the UTEngine.ini in your Documents folder.

Thank you, the game runs like a peach (God dayum its hawt)

This is ****ING awful!!
I open the game, click play offline, CRASH
I open the game, click make account, can't use the @ key for my email (pops up with console instead), so I use another character, click create, CRASH
I open the game, click make account, go into window mode, CRASH
I copy my email address to the clipboard-
I open the game, click make account, paste my email address in, click create, CRASH

I've had at least 10 game crashes now and I haven't even got past the profile login page, what the hell are the developers smoking?

odd works fine for me , but id expect their to be some problems with it seeing as its a beta heh hope it works properly for you soon

Fubar said,
odd works fine for me , but id expect their to be some problems with it seeing as its a beta heh hope it works properly for you soon

yeah man I'm well disappointed

Read the Readmedemo.rtf for solutions to a few known issues. You'll find it in your Start Menu.

Um... Given the response of others you might be alright - you obviously won't be able to max it (I assume, might be worth a try) but I think you should at least be able to run the game.

Esvandiary said,
Um... Given the response of others you might be alright - you obviously won't be able to max it (I assume, might be worth a try) but I think you should at least be able to run the game. :)

Just finished downloading, will post results.

ROFL so am i nuffin beats a few mates and Q3 over the lan to releave a little stress plus i got a poo load of maps and skins just to change it up a bit

Why the hell cant I create an account to play online? When entering my email address i type the @ character and a command prompt opens up. I tried the US way of pressing shift+2 and that just gives the normal " character, so whats going on?

I cant even play offline mode as it says invalid user as I havent logged in

The Readmedemo.rtf stated there are issues with the 7900. One of them had to do with AVG.

xiphi said,
The Readmedemo.rtf stated there are issues with the 7900. One of them had to do with AVG.

ah, so um vista+ut3+avg+7900gt = fubar? thanks for the info, will try disabling it...

sad to say, it runs like crap on my 7900gt. even with a lower resolution, the textures look horrible. i tried changing it, but it doesnt stick... so far, cod4 looks a lot lot better, and plays a lot lot better. (different game, i know) but ut has always been a fav, and sad to see its not looking upto par somehow

i to have a 7900GT ... there should be no way the game runs like crap on a card like this... otherwise this game is pretty much for HIGH HIGH end video cards only... which would be a major mistake for the people who made the game.

im gonna have to test out this demo later.

That's bullocks, it's a problem at your end! I know of people with 7600s and x1600s that enjoyed it quite a lot on a decent performance.

I'm getting 30-50 FPS with everything on high at 1280x1024 on my old X850XT. Something is wrong with your video car, drivers or system.

Agreed... Although I have an 8800GTS, everyone I have talked to has been very, very impressed with the performance of the game. Epic have a knack of pulling it out of the bag with performance - and from first impressions, they've done it with the game in general this time as well. Nov 16th is going on my (Google) calendar big-time.

Rofl game crashes @ startup. At least it doesnt hang teh entire pc tho and goes back to the desktop instead of sitting on fullscreen. x)

Guess I cannot play.

This game runs GREAT on HIGH with my GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB. Can't wait till it goes Gold.

I got a 8600GTS as well, hopefully Vista doesn't drag the demo down too much. This demo will decide if I go for PC or X360 version...I'm a big UT fan and hopfully my PC can handle it, as the PC is my preferred platform for UT :happy:

EDIT: It runs not too bad now in Vista, quite playable. I found out why it was running so slow, it was because of my anti-virus was doing a full system scan at the same time :P

Jugalator said,
Ooh, looks like my Geforce 8 will have some work to do in a while. Those two were impressive!

just added the screen shot from vehicle capture the flag