New Unreal Tournament Announced, Will Be Completely Free
The development of a new Unreal Tournament game has been announced today.
Following an unveiling via Twitch livestream, Steven Polge, an Unreal engine developer, posted the announcement on the Unreal Engine message boards. “Work on the future of Unreal Tournament begins today, and we’re happy to announce that we’re going to do this together, with you. We know that fans of the game are as passionate about Unreal Tournament as we are. We know that you have great ideas and strong opinions about where the game should go and what it should be. So let’s do something radical and make this game together, in the open, and for all of us. “
The game, simply titled Unreal Tournament, will be available completely for free at launch, and not “free-to-play”. Being developed with the community and modders in mind, Polge says that the game’s development “…will happen in the open, as a collaboration between Epic, UT fans and UE4 developers.” All of the games code and content will be accessible to Unreal Engine 4 developers through a GitHub page. It’s a bold new direction for Epic and the Unreal franchise, considering ex-Epic Games developer Cliff Blezinski’s past thoughts on PC gaming.
Later down the game’s lifespan, Polge says Epic plans to open up a marketplace where creators, modders, and players can “give away, buy and sell mods and content.” Marketplace earnings are split between the creator and Epic Games, similar to Valve’s very popular free-to-play shooter Team Fortress 2, which uses a similar marketplace which has seen large success.
Unreal Tournament does not have a set release date yet, but will be playable on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Source: Unreal Engine Forums