Epic Confirms a New Unreal Tournament Game (And It Will Be Free)
Just earlier today, Epic Games (the makers of Infinity Blade, Unreal Tournament and other titles) have announced that they are going to be working on a brand new version of Unreal Tournament(UT). However, the development process is going to be a lot different than many other games.
The way this will work is that they will have a small core team of Unreal Tournament veterans develop the game alongside the Unreal Engine 4 developer community.
At this time, there is no release date. However, we do know that the game will be available on PC, Mac and Linux.
Additionally, this new iteration of Unreal Tournament is going to be free. Epic Games are not going with the free-to-play model, so there will be no micro-transactions or in-game purchases. This game is free but you will need to pay a monthly fee of $20 to get access to the Unreal Engine 4 to make maps for the game.
However, if you are going to create your own maps or other mods, then there will be a marketplace where you can choose to charge for it or give it away for free. So how do Epic make any money on this entire game? Well, from said marketplace. Whenever someone charges for a map or a mod, then Epic will take a cut of the revenue from the map.
Now this is a completely unprecedented move by Epic Games. I for one was not expecting this to happen. With that being said, I am really excited about the prospect of a free game, where fans can be involved the development process of the game right from the word go. I was a really huge fan of the first version of Unreal Tournament and have owned every UT game ever since.
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