Tim Sweeney, Epic Games’ founder, CEO and resident genius, has told G4 that the company will not be making another game in the popular Unreal Tournament series for several years.
“Unreal Tournament is certainly a major long-term priority but we’re planning not to release a major retail game in the series for several years. So we have that effort somewhat on hold while we work on a few other initiatives,“ said Sweeney, adding, “The really interesting thing about Unreal Tournament is that once we’ve defined the game in this generation the community takes it and runs with it. So you’ve seen the community create this massive set of maps and mods that go far beyond anything we could ever do. We almost solve the Unreal Tournament 4 and 5 problem ourselves by just making this toolset available because the community has done more than we could have ever hoped to do internally.”
If we had to take a wild guess, it’d be that the next Unreal Tournament will be seeing daylight on Unreal Engine 4, which Sweeney has been chipping away on for a number of years now.