Epic Games just announced a new Unreal Tournament and just like Fortnite, it will be free. Only it’s not free-to-play, but completely free, as senior programmer Steve Polge said: “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.”
Unreal Tournament will maintain its tradition as a competitive FPS and will run on the Unreal Engine 4. Development has just began today and will be carried by a small team of UT veterans in cooperation with the players. Development duties will be a collaboration between Epic, UT fans and UE4 developers and the game is planned on Windows, Mac and Linux.
Steve Polge added that “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.”
You can read all the details on the press release here and watch the announcement trailer below – obviously, there’s no gameplay footage since development has just begun and will take many months before the game is playable.