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Alias|Wavefront's Maya Enhances Unreal Tournament 2003

Alias|Wavefront continues its drive to make its Maya software more accessible to non-professional users by providing a copy of its Maya Personal Learning edition with the upcoming PC game release Unreal Tournament 2003 (UT2003). UT2003, which was developed by Digital Extremes in collaboration with Epic Games, Inc. and is distributed by Infogrames, Inc., will come bundled with a copy of Maya Personal Learning Edition and a special plug-in, jointly developed by Epic and San Francisco-based Secret Level, Inc. This plug-in will allow game players and developers to build and export game objects and characters to the game engine. "We think Maya Personal Learning Edition working in concert with the Unreal Editor provides an unprecedented creative environment for those looking to expand on UT2003," explained Maya marketing manager, Geoff Foulds. "With the Maya Personal Learning Edition plug-in, MOD makers will be able to export levels and characters with a simple button push. And they will see the results instantly in the Unreal Editor window, side-by-side with their Maya Personal Learning Edition window. Epic has done a superb job of providing to the MOD community the kind of integrated 3D pipeline used by top game developers." Unreal Tournament 2003 for PC is expected to ship in early October 2002. It carries a suggested retail price of US$49.99.