Unreal Tournament 2003 bonus pack
Epic's Cliff Blezineski confirms that there's a free bonus pack coming that will include at least five new levels and one new game type.
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Epic Games and Digital Extremes are both working on a bonus pack for Unreal Tournament 2003. Epic's Cliff Bleszineski has told us that the bonus pack will include at least five new levels and at least one new game type, though he didn't specify if this might be the Assault mode from the original Unreal Tournament. Don't expect the new maps to look much like those already in the game, since they'll include lots of new art assets, such as textures and static meshes. In a recent forum posting, Bleszineski said that "the bonus pack is going to have many more old-school-style flow maps."
When asked if the bonus pack would be out in 2003 or before the holidays, he said the ETA is "as soon as we can get it out!"
It's not unprecedented to see Epic release a substantial amount of post-release content, considering a series of bonus packs were released for Unreal Tournament over the course of 2000. Bleszineski recently told us that the original UT continued to post strong sales long after the game's initial release and that it was partly due to the free content that was released for the game and partly due to the success of the repackaged retail editions.
For more details, check out our previous coverage of Unreal Tournament 2003.