Recently, Epic Games CEO and founder Tim Sweeney told Variety that Unreal Tournament is still on hold. The last time that Unreal Tournament received an update was June 28, 2017.
“‘Unreal Tournament’ remains available in the store but isn’t actively developed,” Sweeney told Variety. “We’ve recently worked with GOG on making classic Epic Games titles available and we’re planning to bring more of them to the store in their original glory.”This is the first real news since September 18, 2017, where Epic Unreal Tournament developer Flak stated that the title was still on hold and that "... they don't have any news on when it will continue." The reasoning for this decision appears to be quite simple, as Flak went on to state that they are working "... super hard on Fortnite, so there aren't a lot of people to spare."
Obviously, if Unreal Tournament were to pick up a lot of attention, it wouldn't be hard to imagine Epic re-assigning some sort of team to Unreal Tournament, but as it stands there isn't much chance of that as long as Fortnite continues to dominate the entire gaming industry. Perhaps when Fortnite comes back down to earth, but it doesn't look like that is happening anytime soon.
For those that would like to give Unreal Tournament a try, download it here.
Quick Take:Here is my shocked face. Seriously, though, the arena shooter genre has been in a coma for over a decade, and it's not going to change anytime soon. For most players, it's too fast-paced and requires a level of skill that most gamers will never have. There will always be people who play the genre, but while some would have you believe differently, there isn't a huge, untapped genre that is starving for a new arena shooter. Most of those people are being served by Fortnite and Overwatch. For those that aren't, Quake Champions' loot boxes are going away, so maybe give that a try?
Have you tried the new Unreal Tournament? Do you play the Arena Shooter genre? Let us know in the comments!