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The Next Unreal Tournament's Starting Development Today

Epic Games is quite literally starting from scratch with its latest competitive shooter.

All hail Facing Worlds!

That's all I can think about with the news that Epic Games is making a new Unreal Tournament game. The developer announced it's writing the first lines of code today, and the game's development will be a collaborative process in the coming months (years?).

"The game will be true to its roots as a competitive FPS," the company said in a blog.

For the moment, it's only being developed for PC, Mac, and Linux.

When it's eventually released, the new Unreal Tournament won't cost anything to play. Epic hopes to make back its money by allowing modders to sell content in a marketplace where the company takes a slice of the profits. It sounds similar to Steam workshop.

The company is going to document the game's development on Twitch, and there's a stream ongoing as this story is being published.

More details on how you can become involved in the development are in this blog post.

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Edited by Codeacious

So... 2017-2018, then?

I'm a bit sad they're only making a completely free UT (big budget arena shooters will never be a thing, will they), but I'll take it!

Posted by fisk0

Oh man, I'm really happy about this. I just hope it'll be in the style of UT99 and UT3 rather than the vehicle focused UT2k3/4.

Posted by decko5

Hell yes. I love F2P shooters. I just do.

Posted by Dezztroy

Holy shit, a PC exclusive UT reboot? Count me in, Epic.

Posted by Hassun

It looks like Epic learnt from Valve in making the community work for them while at the same time stimulating as much people as they can to start using UE4.

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Posted by tomr711

This is very exciting. I wonder if we'll hear anything more at E3. Probably not, right? Seeing as its so soon and they've only just announced that they're working on it.

Edited by Rhombus_Of_Terror

I hope we can buy maps and mods instead of skins, something you can actually see in the game.

Posted by citizenarcane

I hope we can buy maps and mods instead of skins, something you can actually see in the game.

Seems like that's the plan. This is really exciting!

Posted by Atwa

I just hate announcing games this early, I will tune out and get interested when they have something to show.

Posted by Duncecap

My favourite experiences with UT have been "free to play" anyway. As good as UT2K4 was, the demo for it has a fonder place in my memory. So many players, so many fun games.

Edited by Abendlaender

Wait....PC exclusive? Hell. Yeah!

Posted by MannyMAR

Well let me jump into my favorite 3D program and mock up a crazy idea I had for Facing Worlds since last game...

Posted by Abendlaender

InstaGib+Bombing Run+BR_Skyline is probably all I need.

Edited by zudthespud

Hopefully it will be a big open alpha from early on so the community can give a lot of feedback. I like the "Free, not free to play" line they said on the stream.

Posted by Hadoken

Oh man, that pic.. that map. Wish I still had my Dreamcast and 56k modem...

Edited by BlazeHedgehog

We're once again at a scenario where I would rather pay a lump sum of $40 or $50 for a complete product than buy individual pieces of content for $3-$5. Developers used to worry about things like a fractured userbase because not everybody had matching content. What, am I supposed to sit things out for 15-30+ minutes because UT4 wants me to download 2gb in maps and skins before it'll let me play with my friends?

And what about mods? Mods flourished because they were free. But if every mod developer suddenly knows they can easily charge $5 or $10 for their mod, well, I really don't like the sound of that at all. The entire reason I've tried Source Mods like No More Room in Hell, Fistful of Frags and Neotokyo is because they were free (no offense to mod developers). Look at Dino D-Day, or The Ship! Those are basically paid Source Mods that could've made a splash if they were free.

It's good that they want to turn mod making in to a bigger business, but from the perspective of "I want to spend less money, not more" it sucks big time.

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Posted by RazeEverything

Very crafty way to get people to dig into the Unreal engine.

Posted by cikame

It's abit weird that UE4 is available without Epic releasing a game to prove it actually works first, but they obviously have enough of a track record where that shouldn't be a problem... should it?

Posted by Sjupp

I can access all the code and stuff for it too? As if I wasn't bent on learning UDK already, fucking yisss

Posted by Dan_CiTi

@blazehedgehog: Huh? I got the impression this just a totally free game, it has what is basically Steam Workshop built-in from Day 1. I bet it will work like TF2, there will be "main" maps and modes every one has, but the community will make more and if the develop into quality products, Epic will take the maps and put them into the game "proper".

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Posted by lamzor

Unreal Tournament will be free — but not free-to-play, according to the developer.

"Free means free — no microtransactions," he said. "Just free."

When asked how Epic will earn income with a free game, Polge said that Unreal Tournament will "eventually" have a marketplace where modders can post and give away or sell their maps, mods and other content.

All code and content will be available live to UE4 developers on GitHub.

Wow, love to see dota2+ model for a change. I was expecting F2P microtransaction hell. UT is my fav shooter series by far.

Posted by ThatOneDudeNick

This seems interesting. I'm not too worried about modders charging too much for their content. Mods are optional. The ones that get popular will be the free ones. I'm definitely not going to put paid content on my server. Sure some people will charge too much, but the most popular stuff will be free. You won't have to pay anything to enjoy the core UT experience. As long as the game feels like UT, I'm happy with it.

I imagine in the beginning most people wont charge anything, then one paid mod will take off and everyone will try to get in on making money from mods, maps, skins, ect. The community should filter out the crap. I wish it was just a $60 game with free tools, but I think this is a very interesting experiment. I'm on board.

Posted by csl316

Gimme.

Posted by fisk0

InstaGib+Bombing Run+BR_Skyline is probably all I need.

Volatile Ammo + Volatile Weapons + DM_Crane is all I've ever wanted.

Posted by Spitznock

Just give me small to medium symmetrical maps with traditional modes and I'll be psyched. That conquest/vehicle whatever nonsense sort of ruined Unreal for me.

Posted by tbk

I am curious if this will be more like Ut2k4 or UT3

Edited by Code601

Going to start jumping in all the games now in readiness for some jumpmatch, with instagib of course.

Posted by Lazyaza

Only just now they're starting? god damn it I wanted a new UT years ago. The wait on this is gonna be painful as it already has been.

Literally hasn't been a shooter as good as ut2004 since ut2004.

Posted by TheHT

Fuck Facing Worlds, give me Morpheus.

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@blazehedgehog said:

But if every mod developer suddenly knows they can easily charge $5 or $10 for their mod, well, I really don't like the sound of that at all.

I don't know if it was your intention, but this sentiment sounds more than a little selfishly exploitative. Almost like something a publisher/developer could traditionally be expected to say about a modding community profiting (god forbid) off their work.

Posted by monkeystick

I wonder how they'll be handling cheaters.. Unreal Tournament never had any kind of VAC type system did it?

Posted by Phoenix87

Facing Worlds

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Posted by andrewf87462

It's just great to see Epic actually making another game.

Posted by AMyggen

Fucking sweet!

Posted by omdata

Hell yeah Facing Worlds, Hell yeah UT.

Edited by crusader8463

Boo! hiss! Free2Play! More like Pee 2 Poop!

Posted by xbob42

Boo! hiss! Free2Play! More like Pee and Poop!

It's not free to play. It's just free. Free to play implies microtransactions. There are none. (Although users who make mods can charge for them if they want. God forbid people charge for their work! Don't buy any mods if that bothers you, though. I'm sure there'll be thousands of free ones.)

Posted by Ghost_Cat

MONSTER KILL.

Posted by crusader8463

@xbob42 said:

@crusader8463 said:

Boo! hiss! Free2Play! More like Pee and Poop!

It's not free to play. It's just free. Free to play implies microtransactions. There are none. (Although users who make mods can charge for them if they want. God forbid people charge for their work! Don't buy any mods if that bothers you, though. I'm sure there'll be thousands of free ones.)

I know. It was sarcasm. I expect it to work like Team Fortress 2 does. As long as they don't over charge too much for the items, like TF2 does, and keep it to just being cosmetic stuff like hats then I'm fine with it.

Posted by ajamafalous

FUCKKKKK YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Posted by BlazeHedgehog
@blazehedgehog said:

But if every mod developer suddenly knows they can easily charge $5 or $10 for their mod, well, I really don't like the sound of that at all.

I don't know if it was your intention, but this sentiment sounds more than a little selfishly exploitative. Almost like something a publisher/developer could traditionally be expected to say about a modding community profiting (god forbid) off their work.

Except:

The entire reason I've tried Source Mods like No More Room in Hell, Fistful of Frags and Neotokyo is because they were free (no offense to mod developers). Look at Dino D-Day, or The Ship! Those are basically paid Source Mods that could've made a splash if they were free.

Yes, it is absolutely great that they want to turn mod development in to a business, but it also means there are going to be a lot more mods that struggle to gain any relevance whatsoever. The highs will be higher, but the lows will also be way, way lower. We are going to see a lot more mods like Dino D-Day and The Ship: cute ideas that shrivel up and die almost immediately because nobody is going to pay even $5 for them.

Meanwhile, Pirates Vikings & Knights has been hangin' on since the HL1 days. It's quirky, weird, and totally nonstandard, but since its free, your only loss for trying it out is the ten minutes it takes to install.

I'd have to be convinced to spend money on something like PVK2. But since its free, well, sure, I'll give it a shot.

But how many people that were once in it to make a small-time, free mod are going to start trying to charge for that kind of content and die on the vine? I'm going to wager a lot.

Posted by Superfriend

Hey Epic, quit pretending you are still developing games.

Seriously. An announcement of "we started it today" is as good as "well, at least we´re not closing shop"

Edited by Scarabus

My biggest wish is that they don't follow the same cringe-worthy art direction. Technically UT3 had good graphics but holy jeez was it an ugly game.

Edited by Vuud

Don't screw it up guys.

Posted by SoupNBread

I'm excited but a bit cautious. UT99 is still one of my favorite games of all time and UT2k4 is also up there, but man was 3 a disappointment. The only part of 3 I really enjoyed was how meaty the flak cannon felt.

Posted by Echozs

I've been dying to play a new arena fps. Reborn was the only thing I was looking forward too but this sounds great.

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Posted by BabyChooChoo

Can we get the melee from Unreal Championship 2 in there? Please? No? Anybody?

Posted by Mr_Skeleton

I'm soooo glad they decided to announce it before they literally even start developing.

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