The Return of Epic’s Unreal Tournament

I’ve never been a massive PC gamer, mainly due to the fact that I’ve never had blazing super computer at arms reach. Still, I did manage to play my fare share of PC titles and Unreal Tournament was one of them.

The competitive arena shooter was a flagship title of Epic in the early and mid 2000s, but has been on hiatus since 2007. After Epic employees began teasing a potential reboot last week, news finally broke that the series is indeed coming back.

Revealing the news yesterday on the Unreal Engine Twitch channel, Epic confirmed that this new Unreal Tournament will be created on the Unreal Engine 4 for Linux, Mac, and PC. Not only that, the game will be completely free (no microtransactions), moddable, and developed collaboratively with the fanbase directly.

“If you’re a member of the UE4 community, you can participate or just follow our progress on the live GitHub fork. You can also get started extending or modding the code as it becomes functional” said project lead Steve Polge. 

So how does Epic make money on a game that’s completely free? The long term plan for UT is that eventually a marketplace will be set up where users can post things they’ve created such as maps, mods, and other things. They can choose to give away or sell these items, the choice is theirs.

If you’re needing a fix for this fast paced and skill based shooter, the bad news is that the title is only in the early development stages so don’t expect to see the new Unreal Tournament anytime soon. Epic is currently putting together source code and getting basic Deathmatch up and running.

So who’s excited to return to Unreal Tournament?

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