You can being pre-loading Unreal Tournament 3 to your hard drive in preparation for its Free Weekend starting Thursday and stretching to Sunday on Steam. In celebration of patch 2.1 Epic Games is letting all Steam users try the full version of Unreal Tournament 3 Black Edition for free for four days. The Black Edition consists of the full game as well as the Titan Update which added more of everything including guns, vehicles, modes, maps and achievement support. Patch 2.1 also expands mods support and fixes some bugs.
After the last Unreal Tournament 3 Free Weekend the game shot to the top of the Steam Top Sellers list and unique player count raised over 2000%
Unreal Tournament 3 Black Gets Free Steam Weekend, Patch 2.1, and All New Content with Phase 3 of Mod Contest
Free Steam Weekend Begins Thursday, May 28
Preload Starts Now!CARY, N.C. (May 26, 2009) – Epic Games, Inc. is giving players more reasons than ever to jump online and check out Unreal Tournament 3 Black. This Thursday, May 28, will commence a long weekend in which anyone can log onto Valve’s Steam digital distribution service (www.steamgames.com), download Unreal Tournament 3 Black and play the game through the weekend free of charge. Preload for the follow-up Free Weekend begins today.During the previous Free Weekend of Unreal Tournament 3 Black on Steam, the game claimed the number one spot on the bestseller list, and simultaneous player numbers jumped by more than 2000%.Unreal Tournament 3 together with the free Titan Pack constitutes Unreal Tournament 3 Black. The Titan Pack is a massive bonus pack with loads of enhancements and new content including environments, the Titan mutator, the Greed and Betrayal gametypes, the Stealthbender vehicle, weapons, deployables, characters and more. Unreal Tournament 3 Black also includes over 50 Steamworks Achievements.Players who purchased Unreal Tournament 3 at retail can enter their retail key by using the “Activate a product on Steam” feature in the Steam client, and Steam will automatically update them to Unreal Tournament 3 Black for free.Unreal Tournament 3 Black now also includes the recently released Patch 2.1 with even more fixes and upgrades such as award progress when using custom maps and characters, mod support enhancements, various gameplay tweaks and bug fixes, and additional user interface improvements.In addition to Epic’s internal efforts to support Unreal Tournament 3, mod authors all over the world have created new levels, characters, weapons, vehicles and total conversions for the game as part of the $1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest (www.makesomethingunreal.com). Phase 3 of the competition just closed, and the judging process has begun. A few notable entries so far include:· Improved mods from Phase 2 (www.youtube.com/watch?v=boRLoXYf1_A)· Community Bonus Pack 3 (www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yoWdRlHVUw&e)· Angels Fall First: Planetstorm (www.moddb.com/mods/angels-fall-first-planetstorm)· Coda (www.codamod.com)· Prometheus (www.moddb.com/mods/prometheus)· Runestorm (www.runestorm.com)· Snowreal (www.moddb.com/mods/snowreal)· The Ball (www.moddb.com/mods/the-ball)· The Haunted (www.moddb.com/mods/the-haunted)And there’s much, much more available at www.makesomethingunreal.com/phase3.aspx.To download Unreal Tournament 3 Black, visit http://store.steampowered.com/app/13210.About Epic GamesEpic Games, Inc., based in Cary, NC and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its “Unreal” series, most recently shipping “Unreal Tournament 3” for PC, PLAYSTATION®3 and Xbox 360®. Epic’s breakthrough game, “Gears of War,” won over 30 Game of the Year awards, and the sales of “Gears of War” and “Gears of War 2” have eclipsed 11 million units. Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 is the three-time consecutive winner of Game Developer magazine’s Best Engine Front Line Award and this year’s Hall of Fame inductee. Additional information about Epic can be obtained through the Epic Games Web site at www.epicgames.com.