Unreal II: Expanded Multiplayer (often shortened to 'XMP') was released by Legend Entertainment in 2003. This free add-on for Unreal II: The Awakening combined hardcore first-person shooter gameplay with elements of vehicular combat, resource management and strategic placement of automated defenses. A strong community quickly grew around this title, with many even creating custom levels and other content for the game, however the life of this promising title was cut short with the closure of Legend Entertainment by Atari in January 2004.
Now, Free Monkey Interactive is developing Unreal Tournament: Expanded Multiplayer (UT XMP), a total conversion that brings popular XMP gameplay to Epic Games' Unreal Tournament 2004 with the support of former Legend Entertainment employees.
“Unreal II’s Expanded Multiplayer add-on was a great multiplayer experience which sadly had its life cut short by the closure of Legend Entertainment,” said Erik Cederman, Lead Designer at Free Monkey Interactive. “We would hate to see XMP become a ‘forgotten classic’, and so that’s why we are working to combine our own original assets with top-notch XMP gameplay and the speed and style of Unreal Tournament 2004.”
Unreal Tournament: Expanded Multiplayer will offer intense class-based vehicular action in a range of stunning alien worlds, where players must manage energy reserves to power their war machines and battle for the control of four mysterious artifacts. UT XMP players will be given control over a vast array of all-new fearsome weapons, as well as mines, turrets and other deadly automated defenses.
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