Midway prepping Unreal comp

Chicago-based company acquires retail publishing rights to select shooters from Epic Games; Anthology includes four Unreal games.

Almost two years ago, Midway Games made the surprising announcement that it had signed a deal with Epic Games to publish upcoming installments of the Unreal franchise. The deal was a shocker, as Midway appeared to be diversifying its portfolio to include PC games, as Epic's crème de la crème was the top-selling PC Unreal series.

While that deal was a sign of things to come, today's announcement from "the company that Joust built" deals with things of the past. Midway and Epic have reached an agreement that grants the publisher the retail rights to past Unreal games. The careful wording by Midway indicates "select games" from the Unreal universe will now be boxed with the Midway logo, but at least four have been confirmed to be included in the deal, thanks to a new Unreal compilation that was announced.

Midway will release the Unreal Anthology this fall for the PC, which includes Unreal (with the Return to Na Pali expansion pack), Unreal II: The Awakening, Unreal Tournament (Game of the Year Edition), and Unreal Tournament 2004 (Editors Choice Edition). The pack will sell for $29.95.

Midway's next big Unreal game is the highly anticipated Unreal Tournament 2007, which is expected to be released on the PC and the PlayStation 3.

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TheDeviot
TheDeviot

This is especially good news for newcomers to Unreal because the whole series is currently out of print thanks to Atari (Infogrames) giving the publishing duties to Midway. Unreal 1 should be fun to play through once for those who haven't already. Unreal II was kind of "meh" I'm sure it's being included for "Completist" newcomers, or completists who missed it @ $40 the first time. UT GOTY is a classic must play game. It's a landmark multiplayer deathmatch title that is as classic as SFII. UT2k4 is also an awesome game, and while many to this day debate whether tht DM aspect is as good as the original UT or not (Some like UT better, others like myself like UT2k4 just a little more) it gives you EVERYTHING UT2k3 did but with better balancing (Which is why it isn't present in this comp, that would be redundant) plus you get the Onslaught mode (Like a Sci Fi Battlefield mode), and the Assault mode from the first UT. All of the games have their merits, and there are thousands who still play both UT's online in droves. This should tide all unreal fans young, and old over until 2k7, and maybe even afterwards.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

that is pretty good. i never got that far in unreal 1....... i must say that UT: GOTY was the bomb back in the day.

theKSMM
theKSMM

That's a great compilation to be sure, but I hate spending $30 when I already own several of the games in the pack. :(

Kingsnake976
Kingsnake976

Awesome package.... but, man, is it hard to go home again. The original Unreal was incredible. For it's time. I tried to play through it again about a year ago, and just couldn't get past how ugly it was in retrospect. Looks a bit like an N64 game, even with all the graphics maxed out. Still if you can get past that, it does have some awesome fudge-your-shorts kind of moments in it. Unreal 2.... Hmmm...Let's never speak of that one again, shall we? UT: Game of the year.... NOW THAT brings back some memories. Too bad that they can't also sell you the five discs or so of phenomenal user-made maps/mods/skins that were out there. The community is what made that game great. Too bad we've all moved on (or the vast majority, at least). So what you're left with is UT '04. Which is still a PRETTY GOOD game, even though it is a few years old, for $30.... And it does still have a community supporting it (tho not like it used to)! You could do a lot worse with thirty bucks.....

wugglez
wugglez

thats well cheap, funny that they missed out ut2003 (since it sucked so bad) i hopethat they updute unreal and return to na poli to be more compatable with xp since my copies of them dont work since i started usin xp :(

Primenova
Primenova

Well, it's missing the sub-par Unreal Tournament 2003, which is ok. But Unreal II wasn't all that great either. Thirty dollars for four games, Plus the expansion for the first one, is a great price though.

xelloss88
xelloss88

I wonder if Unreal Tournament 2007 will come to the 360?

nirvana_2
nirvana_2

yes, we've already heard you mr. mike_mgoblue i would like to see the unreal tournament 2003 game into that box set. perhaps it's redundant, but just for the sake of completeness...

mike_mgoblue
mike_mgoblue

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mike_mgoblue

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mike_mgoblue
mike_mgoblue

UNREAL TOURNAMENT 2007 WILL ALSO BE RELEASED ON THE XBOX 360 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In an interview at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on May 11, 2006, Midway CEO David Zucker confirmed that an Xbox 360 version of Unreal Tournament 2007 is also in development. Go to this website for proof of this: http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2958&Itemid=2

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mike_mgoblue

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xavier14
xavier14

the fps of all fps is back baby oh yeah this is where i started my legacy lol

letsgetacid
letsgetacid

rather have had UT99 in that pack sted of 04 They're both in there actually. Read it again.

Oni
Oni

Let's hope Midway has some good servers for those old games

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

i got Unreal gold, i can't wait for the Anthology

Chubbums
Chubbums

[quote="comthitnuong"]i never liked unreal[/quote] Most people who suck at First Person Shooters don't.

evilbanshee
evilbanshee

smiley17O I was replying to someone else. That quote doesn't belong to me.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Unreal and Unreal Tournament are some of the great franchises out there. This compilation will attract new players to the series, which is always good.

smiley17O
smiley17O

evilbanshee "why dont they include a special edition that has the old games along with ut 2007, that would be a good idea". team xbox talked about how it was being made for the xbox360

Lord_Foortwenti
Lord_Foortwenti

Sweet, I was planning on picking up a another copy of UT2k4 anyway since I lost my discs a couple months ago, which wouldn't have been that big a deal b/c you don't need the discs to play the games but I had to reformat so I lost it. But with this being announced I'll just wait and pick up this compilation. UT2k4 ALONE is well worth 30 beans, but hell, throw in 3 other classic Unreal games and I'd pay $50 for it. But @ $30 for all that it's a steal, I can't wait.

Draggunof
Draggunof

I'm not an Unreal franchise supporter, but they did a nice box for collectors. Someone knows if graphics will be updated in some kind of way too? Farewell~~!!

DeuxHero
DeuxHero

rather have had UT99 in that pack sted of 04

rbarahona
rbarahona

This will be a compilation that would be a must!!! It's very good to see that companies are putting those classic games in the hands of new consumers; and for the ones that played the original, this would be a great time to recall those good old times :)

evilbanshee
evilbanshee

"why dont they include a special edition that has the old games along with ut 2007, that would be a good idea". Sure but you'll have to pay $80 for it.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Hopefully, UT2007 comes out on the Xbox360 also. At least Xbox360 gets Gears of War.

Metron4
Metron4

They need to include the tonnage of maps that were made for UT. I just started playing again and I noticed the folder holding all my UT maps and skins is 1.2GB. Put THAT on a disk.

DukeEdwardI
DukeEdwardI

wow, awesome price for awesome games.

faizali86
faizali86

why dont they include a special edition that has the old games along with ut 2007, that would be a good idea.

AlexJ-
AlexJ-

Seems like a great deal for the Anthology pack, and much like the article reads, I'm highly anticpating UT 2007.

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

Original Unreal Tournament is an instant klassic along with Unreal 1 & 2. UT 2003 & 4 were great but not masterpiece... I have high hopes for Midway and UT2004. Still no word aobut Unreal Championship 2 for PC??? Please Midway...

secily
secily

wow more crap coming from midway, a company that supports Starforce copyright protection in its midway arcade treasures deluxe edition.

Maui00
Maui00

Four games for 30 bucks? Sounds good to me

supermario-2000
supermario-2000

No UT 2003? I guess it's sort of moot if you have UT 2004 in the package.

starfoxmcleoud
starfoxmcleoud

Awesome! This will put everything into perspective when playing any of the UT or UC games!

Lauryn2000
Lauryn2000

$29.95 Now that's what I'm talking about :P

smarb001
smarb001

oh yeah. Cheap, old, but awesome games.

T1Panda
T1Panda

Might have to pick that up.

Dawg605
Dawg605

So is this every Unreal game made in the past?

Phylyn5151
Phylyn5151

Cool, now all the kids can see where unreal started!

bobbysbits
bobbysbits

i'll definitely have to get this. that's a great deal.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Nice thats cool I can't wait to play old and classic Unreal games. 30 bucks not bad at all I just wish this also would be going on the PS3 but this is fine only on the PC it started on the PC and so I guess it should only stay on the place where it was born on the PC. But I can't wait to see the new unreal game on the PC and PS3.