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Unreal Tournament 2007. IGN Talks To Epic

IGN has a very interesting interview with Epic’s Mark Rein & Jeff Morris and it’s all about Unreal Tournament 2007. It’s 4 pages worth so I recommend you check it out.UT 2007

They say that vehicles could play an important part in the console version of UT2007 & that they might do some exclusive content for the console version but might port those features over to the PC version at a later date.

There’s two points that I would like to quote that I found very interesting:

IGN: What are the different online capabilities of the PS3 vs. the PC? Often times you see lower player counts on consoles compared to PC games.

Mark Rein: To be honest, we don’t really know right now. Sony has hinted that the system is going to be completely open. Player counts, for instance, are usually a function of the server capacity and not the client capacity. Unless your graphics are so complex for each character that you can’t render 30 of them together that’s not your limitation. It’s usually outgoing server bandwidth as well as server power. So the amount of memory and single threaded CPU power are very critical. Presumeably if the system is completely open, we can host games off of the biggest baddest PC servers we can build. That indicates that we should have the same capabilities unless we have to go through some router or some special Sony thing so we just don’t have enough details right now to be certain.

Sony still hasn’t decided on it’s online plans yet & they don’t have a lot of time left to get it sorted & games are getting delayed because of it.

IGN: Lastly, we were just curious about your thoughts about whether you’ll be going the way of Bethesda and charging for downloadable content or if you’ll stick with your history and give it away for free?

Mark Rein: We’ve built our reputation on giving content away for free and giving back to our customers and keeping them coming back and playing and I don’t see us changing that anytime soon.

Now that’s what I want to hear more of!!! Free downloadable content. I’m 100% against paying for extra content via downloads no matter what it is. I’ve paid enough for the game & I don’t like the idea of paying for more content on top of the cost of the game.

IGN – UT2007 Interview