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Unreal Tournament 3

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Unreal Tournament 3
Unreal Tournament 3 cover
Epic Games
Europe Midway Games
United States Midway Home Entertainment
Russia Noviy Disk[1]
Re-release Sold Out Software
Current Epic Games
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows November 19, 2007
Metacritic 83
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter
Themes Sci-fi, Space
Series Unreal
Unreal Tournament 3 on HowLongToBeat
Unreal Tournament 3 on IGDB
Unreal Tournament 3 guide on StrategyWiki
Unreal Tournament 3 on MobyGames
Unreal Tournament 3 on Wikipedia
Unreal 1998
Unreal Tournament 1999
Unreal Tournament 2003 2002
Unreal II: The Awakening 2003
Unreal Tournament 2004 2004
Unreal Tournament 3 2007
Unreal Tournament 4 Cancelled


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Unreal Tournament 3 is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person action, FPS and shooter game in the Unreal series.

General information

Epic Games Official Forum
Liandri Archives - A dedicated Unreal wiki site that collects information about all the games in the series.
Planet Unreal
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
CD key
Retail keys can be activated on Steam.
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GamersGate (unavailable)
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Part of the Unreal Deal Pack only.
GamersGate (unavailable)
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Black Edition.
Steam (unavailable)
CD key
Black Edition. Comes bundled with the Titan Pack. Doesn't require Steam to start when launched directly from the executable.
A free demo is available here.
The serial key is used either for installation or tied to an online account for use with online play.
The Steam version was taken down pending an update to the "X" edition with crossplay between Steam and the upcoming Epic Games Store and releases. However, this release was silently cancelled on June 5, 2023.[2][3]

Version differences

The Black Edition is a re-release which includes patch 2.1 and the Titan Pack by default.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Titan Pack Available for free. Included with the Black Edition. See Titan Pack for details and download link.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use the -nostartupmovies command line argument[citation needed]
Modify configuration file[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open UTEngine.ini.
  3. Go to the [FullScreenMovie] section and comment (put a semicolon before) the following lines:
Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Unreal Tournament 3 Black Edition\UTGame\Movies,
  2. Delete or rename Copyright_PC.bik, EpicLogo.bik, Intel_Duo_logo.bik, MidwayLogo.bik, Nvidia_PC.bik and UE3_logo.bik.


The latest patch is Version 5 (v2.1) (only needed for retail versions).

Titan Pack

Free DLC that adds a significant amount of fixes and content.
To be used in conjunction with the Version 4 (v2.0) patch or later
You don't need Titan Pack if you've bought the Black edition.
The three maps from the first bonus pack are also included.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Unreal Tournament 3\UTGame\Config\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13210/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Unreal Tournament 3\UTGame\SaveData\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13210/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Widescreen Fixer is advised. See the WSGF entry.
For Hor+ FOV widescreen support use FoxMod and add FoxMod 0.9 splitscreen to list of mutators
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
80-100°; additional range with Flawless Widescreen or FreeFOV
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Set with Texture Detail setting; 4x or 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap/Disable "Framerate smoothing" option in settings.[4]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


In-game general control settings.
In-game general control settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Camera movement isn't properly implemented in comparison to other Unreal Engine 3 games (like borderlands) on PC
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Prepare splitscreen controls

Play with just controllers[5]
  1. Download this archive.
  2. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Unreal Tournament 3\UTGame\Config
  3. Replace UTInput.ini with the one from the archive.
Controllers just from second player onwards[6]
  1. Download vibmod's X360CE
  2. Connect controllers and make sure to properly set them up in the application configurator
  3. Open x360ce.ini and make sure [PAD1] is assigned to an unused controller entry
  4. Save the changes
  5. Copy x360ce.ini and xinput1_3.dll to <path-to-game>\Binaries


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound effects, music, voice, ambience and announcer.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output[7]
Cutscenes only. In-mission dialog and team announcements have no subtitles.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 5.0 via OpenAL.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail, Black Edition contains the files.
Retail, Black Edition contains the files.
Retail, Black Edition contains the files.
Official localization.
Fan translation, download

Change UI Language

  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open UTEngine.ini.
  3. Search and change Language=xxx under the [Engine.Engine] section and change to the desired language with language-code.
  4. Save file.


Allowed language codes are: CZE, DEU, ESN, FRA, HUN, INT, ITA, POL and RUS.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 See Local play.
LAN play
32 Versus, Co-op
Co-op supports 4 players.
Online play
32 Versus, Co-op
The official GameSpy service has been shut down; apply the official patch. The Steam version already points to the new server. This server shut down on January 24, 2023.[8].
Use this file or this file to point to the new Openspy server.
Co-op supports 4 players.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 6500, 7777, 7778, 7787, 13000, 27900
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Local play

FoxMod greatly eases setting up splitscreen and controllers
Further adjustments for controllers may be required. Additional console commands can be found below
Splitscreen enabled by default[9]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open UTGame.ini.
  3. Find the following line StringData=(Tag="Splitscreen",DefaultValueIndex=0) and set DefaultValueIndex to 1.


Game might not start until every player presses fire
One time splitscreen match[6][9]
  1. Open console (Tab )
  2. Type DebugCreatePlayer X to add every player needed

VR support

3D modes State GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod: Unreal Tournament III
TriDef 3D
G3D, Z3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.
3RD Space Gaming Vest
Novint Falcon

Issues fixed

Ultron has a forum thread with various fixes for the game.

Crash on start

May be reported with exception code 0xc0000005 in the event viewer.
Delete the configuration files folder[10]

Instant action menu gets stuck

Avoid special characters in the profile name[11]

Offline mode settings and progress aren't saved

Accommodate tricky profile selection[12][13]
  1. Browse to save games folder
  2. Check the .ue3profile file name (it should be something like Player or some local translation)
  3. Use that as the in-game user name, before clicking the "Play Offline" button (don't leave the password field empty)


If another username is desired, simply rename the file.

Other information

TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for adjusting game settings.


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX 2.7.3.[14] Supports advanced effects in the custom map pack.[15][16]
Audio OpenAL, Speex
Cutscenes Bink Video v1.8x
Multiplayer GameSpy Use the Official GameSpy Patch to replace the deprecated GameSpy master servers.

Useful split-screen commands

Command [citation needed] Description
DebugCreatePlayer (1/2/3) Add selected player number to the game
DebugRemovePlayer (1/2/3) Remove selected player number from the game (never remove player 0)
SetConsoleTarget (0/1/2/3) Set the target player for console commands
setsplit (1/2) Toggle between horizontal and vertical split
SSSwapcontrollers Swap controllers between players

Increase player model resolution

  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open UTCustomChar.ini and scroll to the [UTGame.UTCustomChar_Data] section.
  3. Replace the following:





















Where to download

Mods can be easily found through quick Google searches; there are many fan sites dedicated to Unreal Tournament 3 modding with the most popular being Beyond Unreal or Epic Games Official Forums. Epic Games Official Forums have a forum category for custom maps and mods. An Epic Games Forum post has the winners of the "Make Something Unreal" contest which list many great mods for different categories.


Maps are custom levels that are created using mod tools or editors.

Characters and skins

Characters are unique custom races that can be downloaded, skins are different color schemes or textures for current existing races.

Total conversion

Total conversion mods use the game's engine, while letting you play a whole new game, for example The Ball mod which is a single player total conversion mod.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon XP 2000+
Intel Pentium 4 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 9600
Nvidia GeForce 6200
DirectX 9 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/13210/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (13210) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.