Epic Games Celebrates Unreal’s 20th Anniversary By Making The Gaming Classic Free On Steam
Epic Games is celebrating the 20th anniversary of this pivotal game by making Unreal Gold Edition free for all on Steam. The game typically sells for $9.99, but you’ll be able to grab your own free copy starting at 1PM EST.
Unreal is 20 years old! To celebrate, Steam & https://t.co/LgL9AqcPNh are releasing the Unreal Gold Edition, free for a limited time starting at 10am PST. See the story behind one the original songs and download the remix by Shivaxi at https://t.co/yRTY5f5LqX— Epic Games (@EpicGames) May 22, 2018
In conjunction with the 20th anniversary, Epic Games has also directed us all to a special video (and audio) tribute to Unreal Tournament. The YouTube video gives us the inside story on one of the original songs – Underworld -- that was included in 1995 alpha build of Unreal, but didn’t actually make it to the final version of the game.
To give you a true trip down memory lane, here are the original system requirements for Unreal:
- Windows 95, Windows 98, Linux
- Intel Pentium 166 MHz Processor
- 16 MB RAM
- 100 MB HDD
- 4x CD-ROM or CD/DVD-ROM
- Windows Compatible Sound Card
- Video Card with 1MB Memory
It’s amazing how far PC gaming hardware has come in just 20 years. We’ve gone from a time when 16MB of RAM was considered hardcore to a time when 16GB is about the bare minimum for gamers.
Unreal contained both a single-player and multiplayer component and was followed up a year later by Unreal Tournament (which holds a dear spot in my early multiplayer gaming heart). The last entry in the series was Unreal Tournament 3, which landed way back in 2007. Again, here's the link to download Unreal (the freebie download starts at 1PM EST).