Infogrames officially announced today that the Sega Dreamcast version of the award-winning game Unreal Tournament will be playable online via Sega's high-speed console gaming network, SegaNet. Originally developed by Epic Games, Unreal Tournament for the Dreamcast is being developed by Secret Level in San Francisco and will be published by Infogrames.
"Until now, it has been impossible for Unreal Tournament to make the transition over to a console system, but with the new next-generation consoles, we are able to do the game justice," said Mark Rein, president of Epic Games. "Choosing the development team to produce this feat was tricky, but the team at Secret Level is already blowing us away with their expertise in working on the Dreamcast system."
Unreal Tournament is an online first-person shooter that allows for both team and deathmatch play through the Dreamcast's built-in modem. Any number of combinations of human players and computer-controlled bots are available with up to eight humans playing at once on SegaNet, the only high-speed console gaming network. Two players may also play Unreal Tournament with the help of a split screen.
"Unreal Tournament is the perfect game to demonstrate SegaNet's capabilities and continues to confirm Infogrames' commitment to online gaming," said Barbara Gleason, director of marketing for Infogrames' San Jose Label. "The original game was very successful, with over 1 million copies sold and many awards, including PC Game of the Year. The next logical step was to unleash it on Internet-hungry console fans. With the advanced technology of the Dreamcast and SegaNet, Unreal Tournament is realizing its full gameplay capabilities on a console system."
Unreal Tournament for the Dreamcast is scheduled for a fall release.