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#1 ClayMeow

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 11:31 AM

The Unreal announcement planned for today has unveiled that the next Unreal Tournament will be completely free and community-developed.

 

 

The Future of Unreal Tournament Begins Today

 

Work on the future of Unreal Tournament begins today, and we’re happy to announce that we’re going to do this together, with you. We know that fans of the game are as passionate about Unreal Tournament as we are. We know that you have great ideas and strong opinions about where the game should go and what it should be. So let’s do something radical and make this game together, in the open, and for all of us. 

 

Here’s the plan:

  • We’ve created a small team of UT veterans that are beginning work on the project starting today.
  • From the very first line of code, the very first art created and design decision made, development will happen in the open, as a collaboration between Epic, UT fans and UE4 developers. We’ll be using forums for discussion, and Twitch streams for regular updates.
  • If you are a fan and you want to participate, create a free account and join the forum discussion.
  • All code and content will be available live to UE4 developers on GitHub.
  • The game will be true to its roots as a competitive FPS.
  • Development will be focused on Windows, Mac and Linux.

So what’s the catch?

  • It will take many months until the game is playable by gamers. This is real development from scratch.
  • When the game is playable, it will be free. Not 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. Earnings from the marketplace will be split between the mod/content developer, and Epic.  That’s how we plan to pay for the game.

A lot of this is brand new for Epic, and we don’t yet have everything figured out.  Things will probably definitely go wrong from time to time, and when they do, we’ll have to work through them together. There will be a lot of tough decisions to make, and not every feature will make it into the game. But if you’re a fan of Unreal Tournament, a UE4 developer, or a future modder – or if you just want to learn how we make games – we hope you’ll join us. It’s going to be fun.

 

Want to get involved?

  • Want more detail on the project? Read our wiki.
  • Want to participate & give feedback? Check out the forums, and sign up for a free account here to join Unreal Engine 4 community.
  • Just interested in getting updates? Subscribe to our newsletter here at the bottom right of our page.
  • In case you want to check out the classic Unreal Tournament games, they will be on sale here starting tomorrow, for 50% off!

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Thoughts? Does the meet, surpass, or fall short of your expectations?


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Posted 08 May 2014 - 11:45 AM

free is..... okay but i rather pay money for a compete game. only time will tell but I'm guessing it will take a few years before anyone can play it .

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 11:54 AM

free is..... okay but i rather pay money for a compete game. only time will tell but I'm guessing it will take a few years before anyone can play it .

Agreed. I think it's possible it's playable by the end of the year, but if so, it'd be pretty barebones at that point.

 

I think it being "free" would be neat if it's a complete experience - and by that I mean all the typical game modes we expect and a decent number maps; but if it's something like a couple maps and just Deathmatch, with the rest up to the community, I'll pass.


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Posted 08 May 2014 - 12:11 PM

I've always been a fan of UT and I'm sure I'll check it out eventually but I would really rather a finished game.

 

Maybe its good for some but I have no interest in spending my precious time screwing with any more alpha/beta development stuff. 


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Posted 08 May 2014 - 02:56 PM

I was very happy with the info they gave. It is a native PC release, not a watered down console port, and the community will have an active direction in its progress. Both of those things mean we will get a game more similar to its roots like 2k4 then the console-ized UT3.

 

Being completely free, with a community driven marketplace, are huge bonuses. Look at what things like the Steam Workshop did for old games like Left 4 Dead 2. Still has tons of players playing and developing new maps, mods, and campaigns for it which severely extends the game replayability.


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Posted 08 May 2014 - 03:21 PM

I hope when they do the marketplace they don't ruin the game like TF2 did.


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Posted 08 May 2014 - 03:24 PM

Honestly I think this is a great idea. It's about the only way to keep people happy, have them make it themselves lol. I also think that it will be made faster than most people will expect. The unreal community is full of very talented people with a thirst for this game and will be very involved in it's creation. Hell there is already a somewhat playable clone called Open Tournament that was created in a few weeks by the community, some speculate that this is why Epic decided to get involved, because it was gonna happen anyway. That's the beauty of UT games, the game only needs to be a shell to begin with and the community adds so much to it that by the time it's done you may not even know you are playing it lol. to make this game the way most games are being made and sold today would only kill it off since the user customization is such a big part of it.


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Posted 09 May 2014 - 07:06 AM

TF2 is still fun to play.. and have no idea how marketplace ruined the game?


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Posted 09 May 2014 - 07:48 AM

Free and a community-developed game sound like two winners in my book. It's going to be interesting to see how it all comes together, as it certainly has the potential to be massively brilliant.


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Posted 09 May 2014 - 02:38 PM

If its anything like the god forsaken UT3 I won't bother with it. If they make it like my beloved UT2k4 then its game on.



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Posted 10 May 2014 - 03:52 PM

Hmmmm, I am certainly interested in playing this title. Free2Play is generally a good model in my book, depending on the amount of in-game advertising a developer does though.

 

In the end, I'm excited to hear more about this new UT as it comes along. :)


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Posted 10 May 2014 - 06:56 PM

Hmmmm, I am certainly interested in playing this title. Free2Play is generally a good model in my book, depending on the amount of in-game advertising a developer does though.

 

In the end, I'm excited to hear more about this new UT as it comes along. :)

 

It won't be free-to-play, but just simply free. Anything made and sold in the marketplace will help go towards paying for servers and the like.


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