Epic Games confirms plans to make new Unreal Tournament, will be free

After several years in dormancy, Epic Games has announced plans to develop a new version of its popular multiplayer shooter Unreal Tournament, using its Unreal Engine 4 tools. The announcement was made earlier today, along with word that the Unreal Tournament community will have a large influence on the development of the game.

Today's announcement stated that the actual work on the new version will begin today with a small group at Epic that have developed previous Unreal Tournament games. People who wish to participate in the discussion can sign up on the Unreal Engine forums and offer their suggestions to the team. In addition, people who have licensed Unreal Engine 4 will be able to see all of the content and code for the game as it is developed.

The game will be released for Windows, Mac and Linux and will be a free download. Epic will offer a marketplace later that will give third party mod makers a way to release paid mods and content for the game, with revenue shared between the mod makers and Epic. Since the development of the new Unreal Tournament has just started, it could be a while before the first public version is released.

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As if this won't be free to play. Free to play seems to be the new thing, because it's harder to crack.

It make sense, they know that not everybody has a computer to run such game with awesome graphics and performance

UT is the only online game I've ever played. UT 2004 was the last good version and based on UT3, I doubt Epic Games will produce another good UT.

Juguard said,
You could be and probably will be proven wrong. I'm excited...

Me too, I feel the letdown of UT3 was based on the obvious focus on consoles which borked the controls. I didn't feel like UT3 had anything like the dynamic pace of UT2003/2004, it just felt sluggish.

Now that they will be entirely focused on PC and the community will be involved from the start I feel confident again that we will once more see a brilliant online community emerge and a beast of a game to play!

I would love the old days back, with maps coming out every week (had a sub on fileplannet for fast download speeds), mods all over the place, new sounds, skins, guns, models, crazy games with 20 odd people playing all weapons on Gael!!!! instagib sessions of CTF on a purely open square map with an insane number of people (basically just body parts everywhere and pure luck but crazy fun).

TCLN Ryster said,

And you know this... how?


I've seen many comments related to the Game series on the comments of gameplay videos for a Sonic-related UT Moded game calledSonic : Asura's Wrath and frankly enough peoplea actually want a new Unreal Tournament. Just look at the comments here on Neowin too, and you'll remember just how great a Game Series Unreal Tournament is and will understand how the game series' lovers feel about the idea of an Unreal Tournament game running on Unreal Engine 4.

Happy to pay community devs for their work, I can see a healthy community starting up and some good competition.

The game being made for free is awesome, I've missed you UT

Wonder how many people will fail to read the final paragraph

Epic will offer a marketplace later that will give third party mod makers a way to release paid mods and content for the game

what said,
Wonder how many people will fail to read the final paragraph

Quite a few so far. The Valve model is very lucrative. F2P is the future IMO.

I'd prefer it to be FOSS, but I'll still take a free proprietary AAA game on Linux over not having one at all.

simplezz said,

Quite a few so far. The Valve model is very lucrative. F2P is the future IMO.

I'd prefer it to be FOSS, but I'll still take a free proprietary AAA game on Linux over not having one at all.

I think Free to Play is proving quite unpopular - lucrative originally, but now consumers are growing wise to it and publishers seem to be getting ever more greedy. It will backfire eventually and then they will need a rethink.

what said,

I think Free to Play is proving quite unpopular - lucrative originally, but now consumers are growing wise to it and publishers seem to be getting ever more greedy.

If well executed (Valve), it can be good for everyone. But as you say, some publishers have taken an avaricious approach, to the detriment of their customers. Let's hope Epic takes the former approach.

King Joffrey said,
I hope it wont be pay2win :)

Haha, as in paying for an instagib rifle on normal weapons match?

I don't mind if some modders want a few quid for mods or big map packs, the games free after all and so long as we're getting good stuff its all good.

Whenever i see "released as a free game" i shudder thinking about the price you will have to pay to win in it.

John Callaham said,
Epic says it will be a free game..not "free to play" so I dont think you have to worry about that
Free in what sense if not free to play?

I agree. I don't like the thought of starting the game with only 2 bullets, no ammo packs, and a horde of enemies rushing towards you........but wait....
......if you want to fully reload, that'll be 20 gems please, or wait 24 hours for your rifle to reload.

Andre S. said,
Free in what sense if not free to play?

surreyguy said,
I agree. I don't like the thought of starting the game with only 2 bullets, no ammo packs, and a horde of enemies rushing towards you........but wait....
......if you want to fully reload, that'll be 20 gems please, or wait 24 hours for your rifle to reload.

Free as in free beer. The game is going to be developed by the community for the community, along with help from Epic. It's not Free 2 play.

It will be funded by a marketplace run by the community, so people can sell mods and such, not micro-transactions.

I don't see how they can develop a AAA multiplayer game of the same calibre as previous UT games, and give it away completely gratis with no hidden catches, even if they do play to take a cut for the add-ons at a later date. How are they paying the salaries for the devs in the meantime? Developing a AAA game is hellishly expensive. Seems like wishful thinking to me if you believe this game will be both GOOD and FREE from cost and catches.

TCLN Ryster said,
I don't see how they can develop a AAA multiplayer game of the same calibre as previous UT games, and give it away completely gratis with no hidden catches, even if they do play to take a cut for the add-ons at a later date. How are they paying the salaries for the devs in the meantime? Developing a AAA game is hellishly expensive. Seems like wishful thinking to me if you believe this game will be both GOOD and FREE from cost and catches.

It's quite possible that Unreal are developing UT4 to essentially be a tech demo for Unreal Engine 4. The game can be offered for free in the hope that any interested parties may proceed to purchase a developer subscription for the engine. Providing devs with access to the UT4 code will also allow them to quickly get to grips with UE4, and spawn lots of games.