Now that Gamespy's services have become a thing of the past, a number of PC games are no longer playable online. However, Epic is not content with this idea and is fully planning to keep Unreal Tournament 3's online play alive, thanks to a new patch that allows users to play through the game's master server.
"We want to be sure you're still able to play Unreal Tournament 3 Multiplayer," reads the announcement on Epic's website. "Thanks to community member Shambler, we have a patch that will allow you to continue playing. We also want to thank all of the server admins and other community members who have helped test the patch to be sure it’s ready to go."
Windows users are instructed to navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Unreal Tournament 3\Binaries and replace the UT3 executable with a new replacement executable provided by the new patch. Steam users are likewise instructed to replace their old executable in their C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Unreal Tournament 3\Binaries folder with the new one.
Players will need to re-create their user name from scratch, as a side effect of this new approach. Credit goes to Chatty's the archvile for the tip.