Epic Games Teases Unreal Tournament Announcement

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2014 - 04:14 AM |
Tagged: Unreal Tournament, unreal engine 4, unreal, ue4

Unreal Tournament will make a comeback. This Thursday, on the official UnrealEngine Twitch.tv channel, Epic Games will make some announcement about the future of the franchise. The only other concrete information that we have is in the original tweet from Paul Meegan, their vice president of product development for about a year and a half.



So, Unreal Engine 4 dev community and Epic. That could mean any number of things but it sure seems to suggest that the community will have an active hand in its development. As our readers know, UE4's licensing structure has transitioned from an undisclosed, large fee upfront and a percentage of revenue to a small monthly subscription (and five percent of revenue). Full source code is provided to these licensees.

Perhaps the game is not, itself, the product?

Or maybe it is. Who knows. I just get an... off... feeling from the structure of this preannouncement (and that is not a bad thing). It is set to occur on the stream where they record Unreal Engine training videos. They explicitly mention "UE4 Dev Community + Epic". Why the community so front and center?

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According to Edge, Epic is currently working on three titles: Fortnite, an unannounced mobile game, and an unannounced "high-end next generation title". The mobile title is currently in pre-production and will not be "formally announced for some time". This, of course, leaves one of two possibilities: it is the "high-end next generation title" or Epic is not counting it as an official title, for some reason.

Going a little further, Fortnite is said to be PC exclusive. If Unreal Tournament is their high-end next generation title, it will either be their only offering on the next generation consoles, or they do not have a planned offering on a next generation console.

As fun as it is to speculate, I should be clear that this is entirely speculation. We will know more when Epic makes their announcement, Thursday at 2PM EDT.

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May 4, 2014 | 08:30 AM - Posted by Mary (not verified)


May 4, 2014 | 04:45 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

been what since last US 2007 ?
well it better be good, cuz UT never been known for it's graphics, and now you have way too many good competition fps since 2007, so they need to come up with something good and new or it will fail.
wait and see i guess, but i dont have any expectations about this game.

May 4, 2014 | 05:30 PM - Posted by max123332 (not verified)

Every unreal game released was the first to showcase the Unreal engine at the time and were all graphically impressive.

And hasn't really any area shooters really since UT3

IMO arena shooters are the funnest to play
and IMO nothing compares to UT onslaught/warfare

Cant wait for this but all the real UT devs are gone even CliffyB so IDK have to wait and see.

May 4, 2014 | 07:23 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

lolwut? Graphics has always been one of the main focuses for both Unreal and Unreal Tournament games. Some say it started focusing too much on graphics (showcasing the engine for devs to license) than actual content.

Lets just hope they finally make a UT99 sequel and not some random game with UT thrown in the title. So much hope, so many possibilities for it being a waste of time waiting for.

May 4, 2014 | 09:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

LOL me too, UT has always had great graphics, they even pushed phyx with some add in maps which rocked.

I just started playing UT3 again last week missing that fun arena game play... it doesn't have any competition, if they make it, it will be a success.

I've got every UT they've made and I don't plan on that changing.

May 4, 2014 | 09:06 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I hope they get back to their 2K4 roots, UT3 was a dud from the get go. I also am thinking we might get a linux port? What do you guys think...

May 4, 2014 | 10:52 PM - Posted by PCPerFan (not verified)

I totally agree that they need to get back to ut2k4. I wasn't expecting a new UT, so I'm excited.

May 5, 2014 | 12:22 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Just 13 days ago Epic said they had no plans to develop a new UT. http://www.gamespot.com/articles/no-new-unreal-tournament-planned-for-ue4-epic-says/1100-6418425/

So. What the hell are they talking about then? Have they changed their mind already? I doubt it. UT will be something completely different and stupid. UT99 Rules!!!

If only an updated version of that would make some money. And by some I mean boatloads.

May 5, 2014 | 09:01 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

they never said no plans they said there current were not working on a new UT

May 5, 2014 | 09:02 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

and that was more the 13 days ago was over a month ago

May 6, 2014 | 03:48 AM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Or... they're not the ones developing it.

May 5, 2014 | 02:14 AM - Posted by Operandi

Sounds awesome but please please please go back to the roots of the series. Just me, the map, the badass weapons and my opponents. No huge sprawling outdoor maps and bullshit vehicles.

May 5, 2014 | 08:53 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

lol if you dont like onslaught then dont play it.

I still play 2k4 and onslaught pretty much only thing keeping that game alive.

This is the thing with people who dont like change it dont matter if a game is actually good they wont except it out of spite because it was released on console or it has settings catered to console..ect lol

May 5, 2014 | 08:54 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

^^ that was to Operandi

May 5, 2014 | 10:59 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


May 5, 2014 | 11:12 AM - Posted by Qwompy


May 5, 2014 | 02:10 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Maybe a remake of UT99 and 2004 or one or the other on the new UE4 engine?

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