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For those that don't know, or forgot, the new Unreal Tournament does in fact have a Linux version. I check on it now and then and it's really starting to come together.

Here's a video of me doing terribly:
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That map brings back some awesome memories of playing the original Unreal Tournament!

The new Unreal Tournament is completely free, without any form of pay to win rubbish. It has source code access available, but it is not open source as it uses their own license.

They will be making money using the marketplace where they will take a cut from sales of modifications. You could sell hats, mods, maps, whatever. The core game will always be free.

The Linux version still isn't officially supported just yet, but they are responding to bugs and making steps towards making it properly official.

If you want to try it, you have to be logged into their forum and visit this forum post for the download link. It's 6.1GB, so it's not exactly a small download.

You will also need to do a few quick things to get it launched. Which I will note for you now.

First of all you need to make the game actually have permissions to be launched which can be found at:
/LinuxNoEditor/Engine/Binaries/Linux/UE4-Linux-Shipping

Then you need to launch it with "UnrealTournament" appended to it, or just use a launcher file like I do:
#!/bin/bash
cd $HOME'/Downloads/LinuxNoEditor/Engine/Binaries/Linux/'
./UE4-Linux-Shipping UnrealTournament


One of the maps does have a major bug right now which is Outpost23. It will be extremely white, as it seems to have no shadows anywhere. I reported it to the developers and the bug report has been marked as a Major issue, so someone will get to it soon.

Apart from that, it seems to run very nicely. It detects the correct monitor on a dual-monitor setup and sets the right resolution on my 4K monitor too, so it's pretty hassle free once you get going. It's a lot smoother than it was when I tried it a while back, and it's actually really fun already.

It's great that we get such games on Linux, as Unreal Tournament used to be such a big name and it's looking like it may well be again when this releases in full. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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mirv 17 May, 2016
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I'll have to give this a go with Mesa and the GL4.x render backend soon. I think there were some issues with compute shaders not long ago, but I've no idea if they've been fixed yet or not. Guess I'll report back when I've had a chance to try it out.
musojon74 17 May, 2016
Superb! Used to love that map. Are other classic maps in there?
Redje 17 May, 2016
Thanks alot for that launcher, that makes life alot easier :)
rea987 17 May, 2016
Quoting: musojon74Superb! Used to love that map. Are other classic maps in there?

Facing Worlds.

Edit: I missed the "other" part, sorry. :-/ LavaGiant is being made as far as I know; it was available even for Team Fortress 2 and Garry's Mod. :-D


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mirv 17 May, 2016
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Quoting: rea987
Quoting: musojon74Superb! Used to love that map. Are other classic maps in there?

Facing Worlds.

I think the question was if maps other than that shown (Face) are in there.
ElectricPrism 17 May, 2016
Here's my .desktop launcher if anyone wants it

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Unreal Tournament 4
Comment=Unreal Tournament 4
GenericName=FPS
Exec="/home/electricprism/Apps/Unreal Tournmanet 4/LinuxNoEditor/Engine/Binaries/Linux/UE4-Linux-Shipping" UnrealTournament -resx=1920 -resy=1080 -vsync -opengl3
Icon=applications-games-symbolic
Type=Application
StartupNotify=true
Categories=GNOME;Games;
MimeType=text/plain;


You can toggle opengl4 and opengl3 on the Exec line.

I also recall that I think I chmoded +X on the folder as the permissions from the archive wouldn't allow me to launch the game.

I would love to see a Linux client to keep it up to date, I have to manually download the whole thing every time there's a update.
Rhythagoras 17 May, 2016
Quoting: musojon74Superb! Used to love that map. Are other classic maps in there?

Deck is there...
Snowdrake 17 May, 2016
Quoting: Rhythagoras
Quoting: musojon74Superb! Used to love that map. Are other classic maps in there?

Deck is there...
A must have in an UT game !
stss 18 May, 2016
This latest version has given a huge improvement to FPS for me. Although strangely it started giving me stuttering problems too.
BabaoWhisky 18 May, 2016
Liam, if you launch only the game without arguments, the game runs on OpenGL3 version by default. You need to add "-opengl4" to run with OpenGL4 support.
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