Epic Games has just announced it’s bringing back the Unreal Tournament franchise in a big way. The cult classic FPS series hasn’t seen a new entry since 2007, but with the recent introduction of the Unreal 4 engine, Epic has once again found an opportunity to revitalize the franchise using its latest tech. While the community isn’t new to Epic bundling a new Unreal Tournament with major engine releases, they may be a bit surprised to hear the latest Unreal Tournament will be completely free not free to play, just free.

In the news announcement, Epic laid out its vision behind UT’s development. With development officially starting today, the small team of UT veterans are approaching the project with a focus on creating a “true to its roots” competitive FPS in collaboration with both Unreal fans and other Unreal Engine 4 developers. The open collaboration means fans can regularly join in on Twitch and the official forums to view and discuss the game’s progress. Those who are already working with the Unreal 4 engine will even be able to download all code and content for use in custom content they can then share with the community.

To do this Epic plans on implementing a marketplace where budding community developers can freely share their mods, models and other custom content with other fellow players. They may also choose to charge money for their content with the earnings being split between the content developer, and Epic. In this way, Epic plans on paying for the game’s development.

The studio did admit its new to the process, with some things still in a state of flux. Due to this Epic expects to make mistakes along the way, with things “definitely go wrong from time to time” at which point the studio plans to “work through them together” with the community. Epic plans to develop the FPS for both Windows, Mac and Linux. Since development is beginning from the ground up, the studio expects players will have to wait several months before the game is playable.

For more information check out the full news release here.

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  1. CrochetFeve0251 on May 10, 2014

    wow wow a new unreal tournament and free! It is … unreal !

  2. YES!!!! on May 10, 2014

    i knew they would be the type of company to do that!!! was waiting for it!

  3. dude… you dont even know what ur talking about ,you jsut say some random stuff like the release dates of UT …people dont listen to this guy he just dont know what to say

    • Razer on May 9, 2014

      What’s your problem? He was making a correction because the article originally said the last released UT game was released in 2003, which was incorrect. Not only has there have been two UT games since then, but UT2003 was actually released in late 2002.

  4. Ninetenduh on May 8, 2014

    “Epic Games has just announced it’s bringing back the Unreal Tournament franchise in a big way. The cult classic FPS series hasn’t seen a new entry since 2003”

    Wrong, first Unreal Tournament 2004, that is already past that and than second Unreal Tournament 3 was Released in late 2007.

    But back to Topic, it became Quiet around Epic Games, really Quiet and than they announces something this big, i mean there is Hope on the Modding Horizon ! Finally a game is back which is not a dick to the community, unlike BF3/4.

  5. Razer on May 8, 2014

    Truly Epic news.

  6. Sgtlex on May 8, 2014

    I hope they build it how UT2K4 but better. UT3 was a wash out in my opinion but I know a very small few who liked it. If they could make it compatible with rpg game mod would be great too. All in all, I love UT and have been hoping for a new version to come out.

  7. Annonymouse on May 8, 2014

    Awesome news. I don’t even care that much if the game is free or not, what I find awesome is that not only are they supported the modding community, they are full steam ahead with making the modding community an integral part of the game and paving the way for modders to get paid.

    IF this becomes a trend I personally expect some epic [pun not intended :-)] pc games to emerge. After all, some of the greatest games of the past decade or so were originally mods.

  8. LordNoX on May 8, 2014

    awesome! One of the best multiplayer FPS series ever made 😀 my nostalgia sense is tingling XD

  9. 70calories on May 8, 2014

    oooo I love Unreal tournament

  10. Tech on May 8, 2014

    Interesting….a free to play Unreal Tournament

    • xCROOKEDx on May 8, 2014

      Open source, too. Definitely wasn’t expecting that.

    • ao on May 9, 2014

      FREE GODAMNIT, FREE

  11. MOUNTED WITHOUT MERCY on May 8, 2014

    Sup

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