UnrealOps has a screenshot of UT2004's main menu and a Reader Q&A Session, where Epic answers various reader questions about UT2004.
Prowler: Will all the skins be different shapes/sizes? If so, will someone make a TTM mod...which will require bright skins, and have all the models look EXACTLY the same?
Answer: The team colors in CTF are much more balanced in 2004 than they were in '03. For example, the chest and leg armor are brightly colored so it is easy to distinguish between friend and foe.
bom agora um outro trecho da entrevista:
G1rl: Well besides the question about the release of the free/dedicated linux server version, I'm still confused about the LG/Sniper deal. It's not as important as the server, but this is my question:
- the LG is going to be a "mod" in regular game play
- the old Sniper will be available in o_nslaught (please explain the connection between vehicles and the sniper)
- will there be a NEW weapon added to replace the LG in regular gameplay ?
Also, back to servers for a sec, how do they plan o_n coordinating the upgrades to the 2k3 servers with the release of 2k4 ? Will it be simultaneous ? If 2k4 is released as an "upgrade" to 2k3 then I presume that the minute you install it, your version of 2k3 will be toast (meaning that you can't have working copies of 2k3 and 2k4 o_n your system). If that's the case will they be upgrading the 2k3 servers before the new release so that there will be places for 2k4 people to play o_n immediately?
Answer: There will be a Linux version that will be ready when the game goes gold. As far as the LG/Sniper is concerned it will be specific to certain game types. However the server admin will be able to turn it o_n and off for CTF/DM and other types. Since they don't have the 'Sniping' ability o_ne doesn't really replace the other. So they both fit in pretty nicely. Meaning that in Assault Mode the Sniper Gun in used along with the new 'Gatlin Gun' turrets to give the map a 'Retro' feel to it. While the Lightning Gun fits in very well in the futuristic o_nslaught Mode.
The LG and Sniper both have new features added to them. The new Sniper Rifle has a slower rate of fire and a nice new sound effect. To accent it's realism there is a puff of smoke that comes up and blocks your view for a millisecond after you shot. This is to make it so it is easier to spot snipers and blows out of the way if you move to a different spot after your shot. The new Lightning Gun doesn't have a 'staticy TV' zoom anymore. There is also take of giving the scope the ability to see in dark shadows (to counteract how much the lightning gives the shooter away).
I was never a big fan of either weapon but I must say that they do indeed feel more 'balanced'. I really think Epic did a great thing with these weapons as both UT1 and UT2003 fans should be happy with the changes. As far as the server question goes, since 2k4 is backward compatible people won't have to wait for a bunch of new servers to play the game right away. They can join 2k3 servers that have the latest patch until there are new 2k4 servers o_nline. The 2k4 demo is going to be like its predecessors and have the ability to host demo matches.