Epic Games ceases development of Unreal Tournament

Dec

5

2018

Epic Games has stopped developing for Unreal Tournament. The latest iteration from the well-known arena shoot series remains free and available in online game stores, but the developer will not update the game. Unreal Tournament is still in the prealfa phase.

Tim Sweeney, Epic Games CEO, tells Variety that ‘there is no longer any active working on Unreal Tournament’. According to him, the developer is planning to sell some of his older titles via GOG.com. What games are involved is not yet clear. Epic Games is also setting up its own online game store , which has to compete with Steam.

Unreal Tournament is the ninth iteration from the series. It was announced in 2014 and the community was closely involved in the development process. Unreal Tournament is based on the eponymous Unreal Engine 4, which was also developed by Epic Games.

The last major update came out in 2017. By that time, four complete maps and nine different modes were added to the game. In July of that year Fortnite came out and a few months later the now very popular battle royale mode. This now counts 200 million registered players.

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