The Future of Unreal Tournament

In case you missed the news, work on the future of Unreal Tournament has begun 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.

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  • Erutan409

    I’m highly anticipating this game! Very intrigued by the business model behind this installment.

    • Baloo Uriza

      I think it can work. It’s the same model Linden Research has been using for Second Life for around a decade now, to great success. And Second Life’s success is influential in TF2 becoming a free-to-play game with a lot of user-generated content. And Gary’s Mod’s sheer existence.


    Please introduce kill streaks but dont go overboard like COD franchise has done. keep it 3 / 5 / 7 or something.

    • Torinir

      Kill Streaks have been a part of UT since the original. Killing Spree at 5, Rampage at 10, Dominating at 15, Unstoppable at 20, Godlike at 25

    • Baloo Uriza

      Along with that, since we’re talking open source, let’s cross polinate a little bit. I wouldn’t mind a “crotch shot” against an armorless opponent (similar to the headshot, but funnier and less mature) (3/5 combo being crotch domination/crotch master) from the UT99 “crotch shot” mod. Bring in the Air Shot and electro mods from Nexuiz.

      • Ibraheem Zaheer

        yeah and like, we can have cars and drive around and fire guns from the drivers sweet, lets make gta look like a saint.

    • Steven Meiresonne

      A lot of games have copied the killing streak system introduced the original UT 99 game. So no need to ‘re-introduce’ it. Keep it as it has always been a part of UT.

  • Honelith

    Look to UT99 when designing this one, your best ever UT! 😀

    • Baloo Uriza

      I dunno, UT04 brought a lot of good elements to the table. That said, I didn’t really understand the cicada until I moved to someplace where that’s actually an insect.

      • havok2020

        ALL about 2k4…3 and 4 had the best movement in the series, and the most challenge in my opinion.

    • Matt Falcon

      Also another fan of UT2k4. Not a huge gamer, but something about UT2004 always brings me back – maybe familiarity versus other games, maybe that I know it’ll always run on whatever PC I throw it on (I ran it on a Pentium II-266 at one point!), maybe the unusually awesome graphics for its time (coming on 6 CDs may have something to do there)… but I hadn’t even seen the new UT’s yet. Still, they did something right there!

    • Otis Ranson

      UT99 fan here! I cosign this post!

  • Ibraheem Zaheer

    look at that bethesda one and play against monsters

  • Daniel Belleville

    I can’t wait. will this one be online multiplayer ? and for windows/pc. only pc gamer here.

    • Benke Bepponen

      online multiplayer? are u kidding? its Online multiplayer Only

      • Nefe

        Well, ut99 did have campaign…. so it isin’t Only mp.

      • BaTycoon

        Does that mean no AI, besides whats required for monsters?

  • Benke Bepponen

    i would like to take this chance to thank u for doing a remake of one of my total favorite childhood games. ive spent thousands of hours in the classic UT and ive been waiting for so long to do it once again! <3 Epic

    • havok2020

      Here here

    • Jeff

      I agree, But my wife wont. :)

  • Drejzer

    Will we get vehicles?

  • Eric Freiberg

    I’d love to see Unreal Tournament to become cross-platform. Friends of me already got UT99 and UT2004 running on Linux – and are working to fix some bugs for the UT3 wine package… Would be great if UT4 would be natively compatible with Linux… (ok, that will never happen :/)

  • Michael

    :O I just got the greatest idea ever if someone can strike a deal with Epic they should totally remake Unreal 1:D that would be the shit !!!!!!!!

  • Сёма Мрачный

    I’d like to feel that good old spirit of Tournament again. no war like in 3rd, no other simulations, just boody sport.

  • Hominid

    OK, this is cool. UT is the only FPS I’ve ever really enjoyed long term… the giant maps, low grav, etc. SO much fun. I’m excited to see where this goes.

  • >}c{<Haruki

    Boom Headshot!

    Wandered past this at random: This is the best news I’ve had since my daughter was born!

    All I can say Flak, will read up, work out how to contribute and spread the word to oldies and newbies.

    What’s that reflecting up in the roofto…*whump*


  • dingleburt

    Absolutely love the unreal series. I played UT99 and UT2004 for over 10 years. I recently just brought a new rig and am getting back into gaming. I hope you make this game more like UT99 and UT2004, I feel the weapons on UT3 were aimed more at console users as they felt very slow.

    I used to play UT with a keyboard and a mouse, for me it just feels more natural as you have more control over your player.

    It seems like a great idea that you are giving the community more control over the creation of this game, making the game free is an amazing choice as it will bring in loads of players. I just hope you can come up with a good way of collecting revenue without turning players away. I would make it free to play and then once the community is sufficiently large charge a one off fee, from what i’ve read a lot of UT sceners were put off by UT3 so this would be the carrot that draws them back into the area. Also, maybe offer a discount to people who help promote the game on social media such as facebook. Viral marketing could make this game massive as long as you get the promotional material right:

    In terms of promotional material I feel you definitely need to tell the new generation of gamers exactly what makes unreal tournament unlike any other FPS, i’m sure there are other gamers here who can advise but I think it’s called twitch FPS, as in fast action, fast weapons and the ability to jump and dodge jump. for me that was part of the skill, as with all those features you have the ability to anticipate peoples behaivour and dodge the bullets, that’s why UT is so much fun. There’s a whole new generation of gamers now and nothing like UT for them to play, now is definitely the right time to put out a new UT game.

    It would be cool if you could add a drop slide like you can do is ghost recon just because it’s fun to do.

    I would leave out campaign mode and not have any storyline. Surely that will save you time and money.

    Please make the graphics less gothic and more sci/fi fantasy looking like they were back in ut2004 / 99

    The gun sounds in UT99 were so much more louder and punchier than in UT3 and UT2004, would be good if you could reproduce this again.

    Is there anyway I could get access to play the alpha and give back constructive criticism in return? I am based in the uk and have an i7 4930k, 8gb and gf 750ti running win7. Please email leerees[át]

    Many thanks.


  • Jānis Bērziņš

    Too bad it plays a bit like counterstrike now :/
    I mean the whole loud footsteps thing and crouching to walk silently.

    • Marissa lou

      i love CS but I always liked that old UT felt more like DOOM of even TF2. I like fast paced

  • Marissa lou

    as long as 04 style bombing run is included, im sold already. XD

    • Bernard B Carman

      an EXCELLENT point! 😎 even though Bombing Run hasn’t been as popular as Onslaught, CTF, DM & TeamDM, it’s perhaps the most unique game style of any FPS ever! sure, it’s perhaps a bit more complicated to master, but why not include it?

  • Technane

    I would say UT99 was the best but if you could merge the movemetn from UT04 into UT 99 then YES please … I am a wall bouncer

    • Technane

      Like to mention that I still play UT99 I even played it today!

  • Austen Lowe

    I want the razor jack back, bouncy bullets that can take a head off is brilliant.

  • Riptos

    This is horrendous, I watched a video showcasing the movement and I dont understand what market thinks this brand of dodging is the way forward.

    It’s like all the walls are made of Velcro. That would be aggravating as hell trying to hit the flagcarrier in CTF.

    • Monty Crabapples

      Agreed. (UT99 FAN) i find the wall jumping in the alpha video quite disgusting Tbh and if the wall jumping in the youtube video i seen is in the final release i shall not be buying at all.

      • Josh

        Isn’t it free…?

  • Fil

    Please GET THE CONTROLS RIGHT! The number one problem with remakes of old games, is the controls are always too floaty and not tight enough for hardcore players.

  • Deepak Masanta

    This is really a mindblowing game forever and it is build with please update game as soon as possible and sell on steam.

  • Exile438 .

    smart idea marketplaces like in tf2 and cs go are very profitable

  • Robert Cutright

    This is EPIC!

  • spike

    when is beta coming out ?

  • Bernard B Carman

    the ONLY FPS game i play to this day is UT2k4. i am most excited to see where this future of UT will go! 😎

  • David Mejias

    I’m addicted to the unreal tournament series from the beginning using both PC & consoles. I have two questions. 1. Are you planing to make a patch for the PS3 to play UT3 online? 2. Will UT2014 be available for the PS4 in the future? Thank you.

  • TheMayorsOffice

    All about UT99… basically you just need to get that codebase going again and everyone will be happy!

  • Woordvoerder

    By my opinion UT99 was the perfect conception, it only needs a new jacket.
    The dubble/wall jump and the change of weapons like the Rocket Launcher (3 rockets and the damage decreased), Translocator (not unlimited use and shoots father) and so on, made the rest of the serie not as much fun as the classic UT.
    All players could fit in this game, some prefered close combat and other long distance combat.
    Those games are missing that what is best to descripe as the “UT Factor”.
    Speed and skill was best of the game, no contents to unlock just pure awesome gameplay.
    Those extra function is just destoying this perfect concept.
    We needed to dodge to stay alive and thanks to the unlimited use of the translocator we could go play a complete CTF game without capturing the flag.
    I think the the double jump is unrealistic and hides the true skills of the gamers.

    Because i have respect for the game UT99 i’m still hosting a server.


    ps: Please bring back the concept of UT99

  • Christian Rousseau

    Is this enabled for 32 BIT?

  • Robert Renton

    I would love to see local co-op like you could do (all be it through the console) in UT3

  • Senor DingDong

    New gaming rig planned, but I won’t buy it til UT 2015 is out X-D

    @honelith:disqus – qft! Listen to the man, Epic!

  • rinkam

    Please bring in some Egyptian themes and charactors