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Unreal Tournament 99 is one of the all-time great first-person shooters, and it is being kept alive by the OldUnreal team and contributors with a fresh release out now.

Version 469c has been released recently, and it remains compatible with all previous public releases of UT down to version 432. Some of the main highlights of this release include:

  • Updated the included FMOD Engine binaries for all clients to version 2.02.10
  • The Windows installer is now digitally signed
  • Removed libcurl from the patch. Server admins that use the MD5 anti-cheat protection feature and that have automatic updates enabled for the package list will have to manually download libcurl or use the version that came with the previous patch. This change should substantially reduce the number of false positive malware warnings triggered by our patch
  • Added native support for Linux/AMD64 and macOS/Apple Silicon platforms
  • Included an updated version of the UT PubSrc SDK

Love seeing updates like this to such a great retro shooter. There's a lot more to it, that's just the basic highlights. Some awesome maps were in this game, and the feel of it continues to hold up very nicely. I had so many hours of fun playing this many years go. Nice that Epic gave it their approval too.

I previously showed off how to play it on Linux / Steam Deck using ProtonUp-Qt to install Luxtorpeda which then gives you access to the Native Linux release, which you can see a video on below as it makes the process quite easy:

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It does need the original data files of course, which you can buy easily on GOG.com or Steam.

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Lanz Oct 31, 2022
I wish there was something like this for UT2004 as well.
lejimster Oct 31, 2022
I used to be a massive Unreal fan back in the day. I played the original game every year for a long time and then got into UT99 and then 2003 and 2004. I remember using OldUnreal to upgrade the textures and update the renderer. Fantastic site and nice to see its still going after all this time.

Last Man Standing was one of my fav game modes.
Para-Gliding Oct 31, 2022
fortunately, Apex legend is the successor of the UT series.
I miss the leviathan mod and war/domination mods
TheSHEEEP Oct 31, 2022
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Quoting: Para-Glidingfortunately, Apex legend is the successor of the UT series.
Liam Dawe Oct 31, 2022
Quoting: Para-Glidingfortunately, Apex legend is the successor of the UT series.
It most definitely is not, it is a vastly different type of game.
Termy Oct 31, 2022
Funny enough, the menu bar ingame alone causes a landslide of nostalgia... xD
Purple Library Guy Oct 31, 2022
QuoteNice that Epic gave it their approval too.
Get outta town! Really?
Calinou Oct 31, 2022
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
QuoteNice that Epic gave it their approval too.
Get outta town! Really?

Indeed, they gave around the Unreal Engine 1 source code (under NDA) to several modders. This is how OldUnreal patches came to fruition after all.

There are some interesting licensing constraints though. For instance, OldUnreal's UT99 patch has native Apple Silicon support but OldUnreal's Unreal 1 won't get it.

Tim Sweeney said he'd look into open sourcing UE1 one day, but that was years ago and has yet to happen. I assume a legal review of third-party components (and making the original source build on modern compilers) would take a lot of time for no profit, so don't hold your breath for it.


Last edited by Calinou on 31 October 2022 at 5:54 pm UTC
emphy Oct 31, 2022
They're also working on the 227j patch for unreal gold. Apparently, it will feature native linux and even raspberrypi 4 compatibility

Source: https://www.oldunreal.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=7657&p=75611&hilit=raspberry#p75611


Last edited by emphy on 31 October 2022 at 8:52 pm UTC
Klaas Oct 31, 2022
Quoting: emphynative linux
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I remember that there has been a native Linux version for years.
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