Unreal (video game series)

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Genre(s)First-person shooter
Developer(s)Epic Games
Digital Extremes
Legend Entertainment
Publisher(s)GT Interactive Software
Midway Games
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
First releaseUnreal
May 22, 1998
Latest releaseUnreal Tournament 3
November 19, 2007

Unreal is a series of first-person shooter video games developed by Epic Games. The series is known for its exhibition of the namesake Unreal Engine that powers the games and is available for other developers to license.

Publishing rights for the series have changed hands several times. GT Interactive was the original publisher and would be later succeeded by Infogrames, Atari, and Midway Games.


Titles in the Unreal series
Year Engine Title Platform(s)
Win Mac Linux DC PS2 Xbox PS3 X360
1998 Unreal Engine 1 Unreal Yes Yes No No No No No No
1999 Unreal Tournament Yes Yes Yes[1] Yes Yes No No No
2002 Unreal Engine 2 Unreal Tournament 2003 Yes Yes Yes[2] No No No No No
Unreal Championship No No No No No Yes No No
2003 Unreal II: The Awakening Yes No No No No Yes No No
2004 Unreal Tournament 2004 Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
2005 Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict No No No No No Yes No No
2007 Unreal Engine 3 Unreal Tournament 3 Yes No No No No No Yes Yes
2014 Unreal Engine 4 Unreal Tournament Yes Yes Yes No No No No No


  • Unreal Anthology (2006) contains Unreal Gold, Unreal Tournament, Unreal II, Unreal Tournament 2004, and a bonus soundtrack CD.[3] However, missing from Unreal Tournament are the improved S3TC textures which came with the original release of the game. Also, the internet connectivity of Unreal in this collection is isolated by having a master server different from that of the original game.


Guinness World Records awarded the series with 3 world records. These records include, "First Console Game to Receive a Downloadable Patch",[4] "First Console Game to Support Player Modifications"[5] and "First Game to be Created Using the Unreal Engine".[6]


  1. ^ "Unreal Tournament - Loki". Help.ubuntu.com. Archived from the original on 16 June 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Unreal Tournament 2003". Liflg.org. Archived from the original on 5 June 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  3. ^ "UAMUSICMG06 | A history of Unreal MUSIC". VGMdb.net. Retrieved 2016-11-03.
  4. ^ "First console game to receive a downloadable patch". Guinness World Records. Archived from the original on 2016-09-18. Retrieved 2016-11-03.
  5. ^ "First console game to support player modifications". Guinness World Records. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  6. ^ "First videogame created with the Unreal Engine". Guinness World Records. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015.

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