Unreal Tournament 3 was released in 2007, how is that even possible? One of the best FPS multiplayer franchises out there suddenly just went poof and disappeared from the gaming landscape. Epic Games, why did you forsake us? Apparently the drought is ending, because Epic Games President Mark Rein says Unreal Tournament is ready for a comeback. Expect an announcement regarding the "future" of Unreal Tournament next Thursday, May 8, at 2PM EDT.
Here's the full Twitter message from Mark Rein, complete with the oh so awkward overuse of hashtags. #FirstBlood, anybody?
@MarkRein) May 2, 2014
Other related tweets make it sound like rather than a full-on reboot of the franchise, that this will be a remake of either the original Unreal Tournament or Unreal Tournament 2004 in Unreal Engine 4. Really, from a fan perspective, there's no reason not to go with a remake. These two classics are outstanding arena shooters, the likes of which we haven't seen since, well, since they were put out. Considering the span of time that's passed a rerelease could almost be treated like an entirely new game.
Or, worst case scenario, we'll only see a video showing what an Unreal Tournament would look like in Unreal Engine 4. Maybe it's just something that's being messed around with and no actual product is in production.
As an old-school Unreal fan, it's going to take a bit more than a tweet to regain my trust. Gears of War and Epic Games' console focus was interesting, but it was also a rather significant betrayal in a lot of ways. I'm trying not to get excited, just in case this turns out to be another disappointment.
Expect more information on the Unreal Tournament comeback next Thursday, May 8, at 2PM EDT.