Epic Games has confirmed plans to release a new Unreal Tournament game for free, making its money by allowing modders to sell content on an in-game marketplace.
.Epic Games has announced that it is working on a new entry in the long-running Unreal Tournament franchise, and plans to release it as a completely free title - turning to the sale of community-produced content for its income.
The Unreal Tournament series has been a popular spin-off for the firm, far more so than its single-player focused Unreal franchise. First launched in 1999, the series competed head-to-head with id Software's Quake franchise as the must-play twitch-shooter for competitive gaming. Epic has been concentrating on other projects of late, however, and Unreal Tournament has been in hibernation - until now.
'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,
' explained Epic's Steve Polge in an announcement
late last night. '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.
Polge explained that the company's vision is to develop the next-generation Unreal Tournament with a small team of series veterans, but that code and assets will be made available on the company's GitHub page for public appraisal and even modification. When the work is finished - which will take 'many months
,' Polge warned - the final game will be made freely available to all on Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.
The profit, Polge explained, will come from the community itself. '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,
' he claimed. '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.
More details are available on the official wiki