Thursday, March 27, 2008

UTIII Gets Free Map Pack

With new map packs for Halo 3 and COD4 right around the corner, hyped for weeks and both of which cost $10 for not quite a handful of maps, it's nice to see Epic just drop a few new maps for Unreal Tournament III, unannounced and free of charge.

Available simultaneously for both the PS3 and PC (also a novelty nowadays), the pack includes a brand new Capture the Flag map called "Searchlight", as well as UT classics "Morbias" and "Facing Worlds".

I'm not a fan of premium map packs, especially when they include remakes of old maps (as both Halo and COD's map packs do) so I applaud Epic for providing content to their customers as part of the price of admission.

This of course brings up the question, if Epic is releasing free maps for UTIII then what's the holdup with Valve releasing free maps for Team Fortress 2? Undoubtedly they want to release them for PS3 and 360 at the same time but MS has a bug up their ass. Since UTIII is PS3 exclusive (also because Microsoft has a bug up their ass), it doesn't have that problem.

It absolutely kills me that the 360 has the best online gaming network hands down but they tarnish it with draconian policies. Everything from stupid limits on downloadable game sizes to forcing companies to charge for content to not allowing user mods is unbelievably short sighted.

Sony is much more liberal than Microsoft but their network is awful. If either one gets with the program they'll be a force to be reckoned with.

[via 1up]

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