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.