New Unreal Tournament in development, and it'll be absolutely free

Epic Games confirms it has started work on next entry in the classic shooter series; coming to Windows, Linux, and Mac; runs on Unreal Engine 4.

Epic Games announced today that is has started work on an all-new Unreal Tournament game. Interestingly, the Unreal Engine 4-powered game will be entirely free when it's released. Not free-to-play, completely free, Epic Games said. A "small core team" is currently working on the game, which is coming to Windows, Linux, and Mac.

Development on the game began today, May 8, Epic Games said. The studio plans to develop the new Unreal Tournament game "in the open," as a collaboration between Epic Games, Unreal Tournament fans, and Unreal Engine 4 developers. "The game will be true to its roots as a competitive FPS," Epic Games says.

Epic Games cautioned that it will take "many months" until the studio has a build of the game that's playable. "This is real development from scratch," the company says.

"We'll eventually create a marketplace where developers, modders, artists, and gamers can give away, buy, and sell mods and content. Earnings from the marketplace will be split between the mod/content developer, and Epic," Epic Games said. "That's how we plan to pay for the game."

"A lot of this is brand new for Epic, and we don't yet have everything figured out. Things will probably definitely go wrong from time to time, and when they do, we'll have to work through them together. There will be a lot of tough decisions to make, and not every feature will make it into the game. But if you're a fan of Unreal Tournament, a UE4 developer, or a future modder--or if you just want to learn how we make games--we hope you'll join us. It's going to be fun."

Today's Unreal Tournament news was announced during a special livestream. It's a major surprise, as just two months ago, Epic Games cofounder Tim Sweeney said no new Unreal Tournament game was in development.

You can read more about the new Unreal Tournament game at its newly launched Wiki page and Unreal Engine 4 forums.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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267 comments
pyro1245
pyro1245

oh man. I'm totally gonna grab the source!

vscott453
vscott453

You actually better put it out on linux, and not give us that crap you did for ut3. Besides that, my windows os will still be happy. It's been long overdue.

vackillers
vackillers

My only issue is if you spend a few months working on a fairly big mod, and you could actually make money off it, wouldn't you do it? there are some amazing mappers in the community, and I know they will start charging for the superior maps, its a given! not saying there isn't going to be any free stuff, I think in the first months of the UT actually being released there will be a few months where most content will actually be free, initially, then the bombardment of user microtransactions will begin and then we'll be left with just how much are you willing to spend on a map? a Malcom model or Xan model? a revolutionary game mode that someone might invent? I don't think people charge for weapons it'll be the bigger more substantial content that we'll have to pay the creator for, then you run into server issues, when someone is using a mod, do we download it and use it for one match? does everyone get it or does no one get it? then you're left pretty pee'd off after spending the money for the mod ect.. just to only be able to use it offline only, same goes for maps... gamemodes wont have this issue, you either have it play it, or you don't. I would rather just pay Epic a little money like 20$ and never have to run into that problem, this will also restrict just what people can download and play with as well as not everyone is going to pay for content that used to be free on older UT games, plain and simple.... This is LITERATELY my only concern on the whole announcement.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

New Unreal Tournament?  Yay!


Free to play?  All interest lost.

flashn00b
flashn00b

Buying and selling mods seems like something that could have some serious legal ramifications, as there are always those mods based on existing IPs (i,e: Earth Special Forces, Exterminatus)

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

This piques my interest, although we'll see how things turn out. Still, I've loved UT ever since playing UT99 for endless wasted periods in Web Design class, and UT2004 was even better, so I'm hoping this is more in the spirit of those two and not the disappointing UT3. It'll be a tough wait.

prime_l
prime_l

This....sounds.... awesome!

Been hoping a developer would do something like this for a while. Shame I decided to go with Unity over UE4.

MULTI KILL

TimberWolf_CLT
TimberWolf_CLT

I really miss the chaos that is UT.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this one.  May even dust off some levels I did for the UE engine waaay back when.

MonocleOwl
MonocleOwl

Give me some instagib and let the fun begin.

Red_hot_smasher
Red_hot_smasher

Yay, finally an FPS that's less about "Cover system, aim down sights, gritty "HD", carry max 2 weapons, realism" and more about "Circle strafe, rocket jump, carry 73 weapons at once and 9001 ammo for each, chaos"! There's been a distinct lack of such games from the big devs for years now.


Also, YAY LINUX VERSION!

DarkAztaroth
DarkAztaroth

I'm eager for some good ol' face exploding.


Gettin a bit sick of reality based stuff ^^ Some runnin'round pickin weapon and shootin people in da face in unreal fashion sounds awesome.

mr_nee
mr_nee

Great! It'll probably be done very soon. All the necessary bits and pieces (including bots) in the engine already. All they need is to do some level design

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

EPIC FAIL!!! See what I did there? Lol haha EPIC FAIL!!!!!

zfect
zfect

Wow, this is awesome! Love these ideas and good old UT returning.

TroyTrojanGamer
TroyTrojanGamer

Not really a big fan of most mods.  You find some that are decent every once a while but most are not worth anyone's time.  People are going to end up paying way more than $60 when all is said and done.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

I hope that whoever contributes content to the game would give it away for free - then "absolutely free" would be a truer statement than it is an exaggerated and wishful one.

(Yes, Eddie Makuch, you have wishful thinking there.)

gajbutler
gajbutler

This is such good news, I've just started mapping with UE4 (come over from Source) and this is just what I needed to give me the motivation to stick to it.

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

Completely free for the gamers, and they'll earn money through a marketplace planned for later on (which sounds like a good idea to me). Everybody's happy!

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Incredibly smart move in establishing market-share for their unreal engine.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Finally a shooter that is closer to my style of gameplay. Now I just need a new Quake game and I'll be happy for a very long time.

djpetitte
djpetitte

unreal always a blast. I would love to see tripwire do another killing floor with the new unreal engine.

masakijoe
masakijoe

I wonder if this will be something like Gta online.? Where it came with another game like gta 5. Gta online was free with the purchase gtga 5

cboye18
cboye18

They better have bots or single player mode.

steaminpotatoes
steaminpotatoes

There's acutally Steam Trading cards for UT 2k4 , never knew.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Considering how many games are already based on previous releases of the Unreal engine, this seems like a good idea for both developers and gamers.


If memory serves, use of the last Unreal engine cost $50k for small developers.  Out of reach for small indies, but feasible for small studios.  This potentially opens things up on a whole new level.

vihazur
vihazur

so no single player then? :(

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

Sounds good to me. Been a fan of unreal tournaments since the first one. I still think 2004 was the best though

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

its like a big huddle of modders, fans, and devs coming together to create the Ultimate UT game....FOR FREE.....MY DREAM HAS COME TRUE. 


skayj2
skayj2

Wait, I don't understand. Why are they releasing it "completely free"? How are they going to make money off of it?

Harrason
Harrason

@Thanatos2k  "Not free-to-play, completely free, Epic Games said."

Questionable, but we can wait and see.

ShadowriverUB
ShadowriverUB

@collingtonuk  It actually all started from UE4 game developer community efforts to create there own UT,


https://forums.unrealengine.com/showthread.php?1872-Unpaid-Open-Tournament-Open-Sourced-Community-Project&highlight=Open+Tournament


....but Epic stated that they won't able to use UT assets as well as name. Probably looking how far this project gone far and how much effort is in it, they rethink about inside he studio and decided to officially support those efforts by create team and officially start open UT project similar to what community wanted to make and explore new ways of game development in same time :)

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Red_hot_smasher That it's coming to Linux is the big surprise for me, not that another Unreal Tournament game is in development, lol. A PC exclusive across three different operative systems, that's not something you see every day. Not in the FPS genre and not from a franchise this established.

TroyTrojanGamer
TroyTrojanGamer

@Gelugon_baat I just don't trust developers when they say the word free nowadays. Look at Guild Wars 2, the die hards will argue day and night that you do not have to pay for anything but if you do the math you really do.  You have the choice of spending what a Walmart employee could make in four hours or spend over forty hours trying to get it for free.


I know that will not be the model here but anyone who thinks they are going to seriously play this game and not spend anything are just being wishful.  Even if you create content your not playing for free.  Your spending time and resources creating something for the game you may not be equally compensated for.

flankenstein
flankenstein

@cboye18  Probably, since it's the nearly the only way to test any mods/maps you make.

chipface-z
chipface-z

@vihazur I'll be super pissed if they don't let you fight bots.  Need to get practice before going online.  Or maybe I won't want to to begin with.

vackillers
vackillers

@vihazur  I asked on the official forums and there is going to be bots. its just going to take awhile to develop as the game hasn't even started being made yet. DM is their primary focus right now...

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@vihazur  Assuming it's like previous Unreal Tournaments, there will be bots you can fight.

hikaruai
hikaruai

Proof of commenting without reading the article...

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@TroyTrojanGamer

Whoa there.

I agree with some of your assertions, but you might want to know that there is a fine line between skepticism and cynicism.

vihazur
vihazur

@chibi-acer not if it's f2p, judging from all these other mp shooters - the payment model seems to prey on either competition or vanity, and they don't want people skipping the whole incentive by playing solo... hope i'm wrong, though.