The small Epic Games team tasked with rebooting Unreal Tournament have released a video showcasing the fruits of their labors. The first Deatchmatch game has been played! It is a big milestone for both the community and the developers, I'm sure. It's hardly even a prototype, but the devs have it running. A few guns were added including the plasma rifle and an apparently over-powered chaingun. There's no leaderboard, but the game tracks kills. How else would there be a winner? Unreal Tournament lives.
Thus, the ball that is Unreal Tournament's development has started rolling -and gaining speed at that. A prototype of the game which will only run for Unreal Engine 4 licensees has been shared in the community, with several community members taking said prototype and iterating on it to make their own prototypes. Concept art from community artists is being shared, conversations on weapons and movement are being had -- this whole thing might actually work out quite well.
Epic Games' ultimate goal is still to get a release candidate up and running for everyone to try and play as soon as they can. It likely won't be a substantial game upon its first release, but something tangible would definitely go a long way to building hype for the franchise's return. In the mean time, development will have to run purely on hype from Unreal Tournament nerds like myself.
Unreal Tournament currently has no planned release window for with the initial game or the full title that exists in our dreams. For now, we'll do our best to keep up with development and will certainly share any dramatic leaps in development.