Current Status: VERSION 2.1 RELEASED! DOWNLOAD HERE
WARNING: If you downloaded Version 2 (before 11/20/19), please download V2.1. This fixes a critical lag issue with Unreal Gold!
This Mod will replace all those blurry Unreal/RTNP skins with detailed, high-res counterparts. It works in Unreal Gold 227 and Unreal Tournament '99. My primary goal with this project was to keep the skins looking as faithful as possible, while removing the obvious outdated "pixelation" of the original skins. Each skin has been manually reworked. There has been no simple filters or cheesy sharpening techniques used during the skinning process. Each part of every skin has been manually air-brushed and blended. Hundreds of layers were created to apply overlay detail textures, better looking shadows, better highlights, and more. The skins look like the originals from a distance, but more detailed up-close. In the case of bigger meshes like the Titan, detail is evident even when viewed from a distance.
With the Version 2.1 release, ALL skins for Unreal and RTNP are now included! This means the player skins are now complete. There are no more missing skins.
I also recommend AHaigh01's S3TC world textures, which look great when combined with these Skins:
High-Resolution world textures for Unreal
High-Resolution world textures for Unreal Tournament
Although these skins will work in UT99 offline with bots, they are primarily meant to work with the OldSkool mod in SinglePlayer. The Oldskool mod allows you to play Unreal1 content in UT99:
Installation / Configuration
NOTE: If you do NOT see a mutator window, it probably means you are using the old version of Unreal! You need to use Unreal Gold with the 227 patch, NOT the original Unreal. Everyone should have Unreal Gold or UT99 by now anyway...
Troubleshooting \ Known Problems
Virtual Memory error crash: Some user-made maps have a LOT of skins and textures. When this pack is used alongside Ahaigh01's texture pack, it's possible some maps will crash with a "Virtual Memory" error with too much saving/loading. This happens more often in UT99. If this happens frequently, follow these steps:
Player skins not appearing in the player setup window: because this mod works as a mutator, it will not replace the player skins in the player setup window. However, Ahaigh01's texture pack will in fact replace some of the player skins in the player setup window using texture files directly - but some of the skins still will not appear. This is because some of them are "hidden" skins contained in system files, and there is currently no way to replace system files. That being said, ALL the skins will be replaced in-game with the use of the UnrealHD mutator!
Player Model Skins turning back to default after loading a saved game: This problem appears to be UT99 specific with the oldskool mod. I am unsure why it happens, but the solution is to just download Ahaigh01's texture pack, which comes with skin texture files that will always work even after saving/loading a game. The only issue that will remain is with the hidden player skins contained in the system files. Unfortunately, these skins will still continue to revert back to default after loading a saved game...
This project was conceived by me (Lightning Hunter), and most of the skinning was done by me. However, there are a lot of other people to credit! Here is a
comprehensive list of all who contributed:
-Ahaigh01 created a thread at OldUnreal back in 2011 with a handful of high-res skins. All of these skins have been included in this release, with most
of them having been tweaked by me. The following skins were created by Ahaigh and are completely unmodified:
Flags, Sign, Steel Barrel, Wooden Barrel, Chest, Wooden Box, Moon Two, Moon3, Boulder, Lantern, Knife, Rabbit, ISV Robot, RTNP Marines, UT99 Boulders, Nali Skeleton, and all the books.
The following skins were created by Ahaigh and tweaked heavily by me:
All trees & Plants, All player skins, the Monk Statue, Eightball Gun, Dispersion Pistol, Health, Nali Fruit, Amplifier, Bandage, and the Flash Light.
-Yrex helped out immensely with code tweaks, mesh fixes, and more. The RTNP weapon skins would not be working properly if not for his meshes and coding help! He also helped me tweak the original mutator almost beyond recognition, fixing many bugs with OldSkool not working properly with the HD Skins, as well as allowing Fragments and chunks to work. Thank you for all your hard work with the code, Yrex!
-Buff Skeleton (Waffnuffly) created the original Spawn Notify code, which allows the mutator to exist in such an easy to use form! This pack would be so much more difficult to install/run without it...
-Casey, for the creation of the UT Texture Merger tool (which will most definitely be used in the future), and also for his help in general.
-Skywolf created multiple mesh fixes, such as the new Titan mesh that fixes the mirroring issues with the skin. These issues were blatantly obvious with high-res skins, but barely noticeable with the original blurry skins. Also, keep an eye out for a possible future release from Skywolf with HD meshes/models!
-sn260591 created the original mutator code for this mod, which unfortunately lagged the game (might have just been my system) and had to be scrapped. However, I still have to thank him for the original code that allowed me to get this project up and running and tested!
-J-Rts created the original Flak Cannon skin, which I heavily modified.
-Leo T_C_K, GoPostal, Rocky, and Preki for beta testing. Thank you all for your feedback and support!
-Thanks to the following people for their feedback at OldUnreal and UnrealSP.org: Leo T_C_K, Gopostal, Kajgue, AlCapowned, han, Krull0r, BobIsUnreal, unreality, Dr.Flay™, Ironword, and Teridax.
Also, a lot of the detail overlay textures I used on these skins came from various free texture websites on the internet. Here are some of my sources:
Mb3d (Max Textures): Mb3d.co.uk
CGArtShop (website down now) - for the blood texture or "seamless strawberry jam".
Many of the other detail textures used came from Unreal itself. I apologize if I forgot to credit anybody for any detail textures used in this pack!
Production Details and Other Info
This project took about 8 months of very intensive work. Honestly, I'm not sure I should have spent this much time on it! The average skin took 4-6 hours to complete, with some of the more complex skins (like the Titan) taking several weeks.
Nearly three years after the first release, UnrealHD 2.1 is now out! For those not familiar with this Unreal/UnrealTournament project, it is a mutator that will replace all those old, pixelated Unreal/RTNP skins with detailed high-resolution, yet faithful, counterparts. This is especially geared toward those people who enjoy playing Unreal Single Player and want a higher quality experience.
VERSION 2.1 HAS THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONS/CHANGES:
About this Release:
This release of UnrealHD is meant to coincide with the incredibly awesome 2.0 HD World Texture pack by Ahaigh01 (links to both his UT99 and Unreal versions). Ahaigh01 also contributed much to this release of UnrealHD, including "AI Upscaled" versions of the player skins in which my work was based upon. Make sure to check out his Version 2 HD World Textures release for both Unreal and UT99:
Screenshots of new content from Version 2.1 of UnrealHD:
Finally, there is a new Youtube video up courtesy of 314Reactor that showcases some of the new HD Unreal content out there, including Ahaigh01's 2.0 HD texture pack and this release of UnrealHD:
This project was conceived by, managed by, and mostly done by me (Lightning Hunter), and a majority of the skinning was by me. Ahaigh01 also helped out immensely and did quite a few skins for UnrealHD as well. There are other people listed in the readme file and project description credits, so please check it out!
NOTE: Please read the included text document or description on detailed installation instructions!
I don't want questions asked of me that are already answered in there.
A 35 part walkthrough of Unreal using UnrealHD has been completed and finalized by Athrun Talan. Enjoy!
Beta testing has started for UnrealHD, a high-res skins mutator for Unreal 227 and UT99! A public release is not too far off...
Unreal Gold is free for 48 hours, so grab it and celebrate with this roundup of the best mods for the classic first-person shooter.
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