Epic Games has today announced the future of Unreal Tournament by declaring that work on a new game is now under way, but it may not be what you expect.
In something of a first, Epic Games will be opening themselves up. They plan to co-develop the game and make the entire process an experience that can be shared with anyone who wants to participate. They are encouraging fans of Unreal Tournament and Unreal Engine 4 developers to take part in the process so they can learn more about game development, but also the new Unreal Engine 4.
This means that Epic will collaborate on everything, from the coding, through to game design and even artwork. They will be using Twitch streaming to hold open forums with fans and have also setup a forum to help promote sharing of knowledge.
At the end of the project, Epic also plan to host the entire game on GitHub, so that future Unreal Engine 4 developers can learn from them and incorporate their knowledge on future projects of their own.
Perhaps the most interesting part is that the game will be available on PC, Mac and Linux and will be free, not free-to-play or freemium, just free. This will always remain true, but Epic plan to open up a content marketplace post-launch, where modders and content developers can enhance the game in certain ways and sell these mods. Epic will then split profits with the creators, so that they can help to recuperate costs, but also offer financial rewards for people to continue working on the project.
Source: Unreal Engine