New Unreal Coming - and it'll be free!!!

Epic games announced that a small, dedicated team at their studios is beginning development on a new Unreal Tournament title. According to their press release: 

  • 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 they're taking the community collaboration/open source path here which is pretty interesting. Best of all, the game, once completed, will be available for free. They make the distinction that it won't be free-to-play (the bane of modern gaming :/) but apparently freeware. 

Personally, I'm pretty excited as I've just signed up for the Unreal Engine and have began learning the ropes of the interface with the hope to start developing my own projects in the very near future. This seems like a pretty good opportunity to learn a few things and even contribute to a franchise that I hold pretty dear (I've loved Unreal since the first one was released in 1998).

You can keep up with development here and check out their announcement here

Let us know what you think of this development, and if you believe this is a cool move on behalf of Epic or if it could prove to devalue the brand in any way by opening it up as they have done.