Official Epic Forum Post
Epic have announced that the next Unreal Tournament game is going to be on Windows PCs, Mac, and Linux and 100%. No microtransactions, no F2P scheme, just 100% free.
More details to follow...
- PC, Mac, Linux
- No consoles announced
- 100% free
- No microtransactions
- Development has begun but no version is ready for any release
- Will have a transparent development process, community involved in every step
- Alpha build will be playable ASAP
- Some sort of Marketplace built for users to easily share/sell content (much like the Steam Workshop only people can sell their products)
Sounds much more like this is a base for modders and new devs to develop content within the Unreal 4 Engine as a way to get more people using the engine.
The idea behind this is that Epic will develop the basic content of the game and the community will continue to provide content. All of the content that Epic builds will be 100% free and users will be able to freely distribute content on the marketplace or sell it for a price. Obviously details are yet to come but there are no official "microtransactions".
Epic is banking on the community to continue pumping life into this game through maps, game modes, models, and basically all content.
Epic has setup a forum and wiki for the community to start discussing and talking to the developers about the development of this game. Epic will be posting their design documentations and summaries of their discussion on the forums and a wiki they've created. They want to share the development process of the game and get user feedback on all levels.