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Epic Games Flirts, Removes Something ''Unreal''

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Epic briefly flashed gamers with a teaser shield saying it's Unreal, and it's almost here.

Apparently, we missed the big Epic Games show yesterday, as various sites are reporting that the company's site disappeared and was replaced by a teaser image encompassing the entire screen. The image was shield-like and contained a sun rising over a planet's atmosphere. "It's Unreal," the heading stated. "And it's almost here."

What exactly is almost here? Unreal 3? That was our first guess. Perhaps the new title will be Unreal Championship 3. Whatever it is, the heading doesn't offer anything major in the clue department. After all, "unreal" describes most of the company's body of work: the Unreal Engine, the Unreal franchise, the Unreal Tournament franchise, and the Unreal Championship franchise.

As Kotaku pointed out, the teaser more than likely doesn't reveal an Unreal Engine 4-related announcement, as Epic Games president Mike Capps said during the Tokyo Game Show that the engine is currently years away from release. Hey, for all we know, another Gears of War title is heading to retail shelves this holiday season.

Today, gamers will discover that the website has returned to its normal activity--the mystery shield is no longer greeting curious visitors. SCRAWL reports that several threads in the Epic forums were asking about the shield, however those were being deleted as they appeared.

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    buddhav1 , October 23, 2009 11:33 PM
    new unreal? i'm down for that.
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    maigo , October 23, 2009 11:42 PM
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    What exactly is almost here? Unreal 3? That was our first guess.

    You mean Unreal 4
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    Mysteic , October 23, 2009 11:53 PM
    This is just Propaganda to make people thing they have something it the works. They are blowing smoke because they have nothing for this Holiday Season.
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    Anonymous , October 24, 2009 12:45 AM
    Unreal 3 is actually correct...the last Unreal was 2...seeing as Unreal tournament is seperate...
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    Kelavarus , October 24, 2009 6:19 AM
    Actually, their titling went down the hole with Unreal Tournament 3. Technically there was no '2' and '1', though there was an Unreal 1 and Unreal 2. It should have been Unreal 2k7 to follow the naming trend.

    Most likely, whatever it is, will be made for consoles mostly, and will suck overall.

    Epic Fail. I have no faith.
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    shotgunpadre , October 24, 2009 7:26 AM
    having played unreal 1 and 2, epic does a great job creating singleplayer games. I hope it's time to grab my flak cannon to hunt some skaarj with AI
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    bad_code , October 24, 2009 8:17 AM
    DarkersonUnreal 3 is actually correct...the last Unreal was 2...seeing as Unreal tournament is seperate...


    No it was not unreal 2 it was unreal 2004. They changed the name/numbering once they starting making it for the console.
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    bad_code , October 24, 2009 8:20 AM
    PS don't think most people refer to unreal tournament as separate, but you may be correct so many ppl use short hand for taking about things.
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    doopydoo22 , October 24, 2009 9:25 AM
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    doc70 , October 24, 2009 11:51 AM
    Unreal 3 would be long overdue. The best was Unreal (Gold) and it had an awesome soundtrack as well. The second one, Unreal 2, was OK, although a little too short.
    I would hope for an open world type of gameplay, given that they had more than enough time to develop it.
    The tournament series... in my opinion, the best were the original one and UT 2004. After that one could tell the "consoles first" mentality.

    It's a shame when a developer forgets where they came from and the community that they built upon...
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    Anonymous , October 24, 2009 8:22 PM
    I hope it's Unreal 3 and not Tournament or Championship, we already have a next gen version of tournament and Championship looks too much like tournament anyway.
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    badger101101 , October 25, 2009 12:50 AM
    Unreal Tournament 2004 was the best game Epic ever made in my opinion. It came before the console madness, and was designed specifically for a mouse and keyboard. There is no way you could play UT2004 with a console pad. UT3 on the other hand was completely crippled down so that the consoles game pads could keep up. The result was a game that has mediocre gameplay, and no lasting competitiveness.
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    captaincharisma , October 25, 2009 2:11 AM
    bad_codeNo it was not unreal 2 it was unreal 2004. They changed the name/numbering once they starting making it for the console.


    no unreal 1 and 2 were like fps adventure games like quake and half life. unreal tournament is a pure FPS game aimed mostly for multi player gaming
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    g00ey , October 25, 2009 10:50 AM
    The first unreal was, really good. There were so many levels and you just played and played, and yet there was more to come.
    Unreal 2 was also really good. It felt like the second Chronicles of Riddick movie. But then it was over before you knew it.
    It's sad but nowadays the commercial computer games out there are so short. It's like that with Morrowind vs Oblivion, Halflife-2 vs its sequels, ...
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    jednx01 , October 25, 2009 5:24 PM
    g00eyThe first unreal was, really good. There were so many levels and you just played and played, and yet there was more to come.Unreal 2 was also really good. It felt like the second Chronicles of Riddick movie. But then it was over before you knew it.It's sad but nowadays the commercial computer games out there are so short. It's like that with Morrowind vs Oblivion, Halflife-2 vs its sequels, ...

    I agree mostly, but I think using Oblivion as an example of a short game is laughable. Oblivion is not exactly as small and short game.... lol
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    jkflipflop98 , October 26, 2009 1:33 AM
    The planet with the sun over the horizon looks like Mass Effect's logo.
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    g00ey , October 26, 2009 10:25 AM
    Yes, I agree that Oblivion is not a short game per se. But when you look at the size of Morrowind, Oblivion pales in comparison, especially when you consider the Tribunal, and Bloodmoon expansions.
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    eyemaster , October 26, 2009 12:51 PM
    Wasn't Unreal 3 demo on Steam about a month or more ago? Going to be released soon, so that's probably what the whole thing was about.

    Demo no longer available and it stopped working a few days after I got it installed. Demo was a limited run.
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    belardo , October 28, 2009 9:58 AM
    NO, a month ago - people could play UT3 for free over the weekend with Steam.

    Maybe its Epic going to put some brains together and FIX UT3 into a much more fun and playable game.