Unreal Tournament

New Unreal Tournament in Development, Will Be Free

The next Unreal Tournament is in development and it will be free. Epic Games developer Steven Polge posted on the Unreal Engine Forums today and announced that work on the next Unreal Tournament game is underway.

This announcement was teased earlier this month by Epic Games Vice President Mark Rein.

According to the post, Epic Games have put together a team of Unreal Tournament veterans who have just started working on the project. Ever aspect of the development of the game, from the lines of code to the art assets will be completely open to fan feedback. Polge promises that the game will stay true to it’s FPS roots.

It will take months before the game will be playable and when the game is playable, it will be available for free. Polge clarifies that he means free in the literal sense of the word. Unreal Tournament will not be free-to-play, just free.

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

According to the post, Epic Games is focusing development on Windows, Mac and Linux. No console version has been announced nor is there a release date of any kind. Unreal Tournament will presumably run on the Unreal Engine 4, which has been available since last April for a $19.99 monthly subscription.

The Unreal Tournament franchise is a series of arena-multiplayer first-person shooter games that spans four games. The series saw two sequels, Unreal Tournament 2003 and Unreal Tournament 2004, which both ran on the Unreal Engine 2.

The last game in the Unreal Tournament series was Unreal Tournament 3, which was numbered after the engine it ran on and was released in Dec. 2007 for the PC and PS3 and in July 2008 for the Xbox 360. The Unreal Tournament games are currently available on Steam. The Unreal Deal Pack, which includes several games in the series in currently 50% off until May 14.

To get involved in the project as a fan, visit the UnrealEngine Forums here.