Unreal Tournament (2014) News

Gears of War creator Epic Games announces a new game

Remember when Epic Games flew the Xbox 360 flag with Gears of War? Those were the days. Now we get Paragon (open beta), a not-bad MOBA; Fortnite (alpha), a base-building survival game in development for six years now; and a new, somewhat openly developed Unreal Tournament (pre-alpha).

Oh, and one other game, just announced: Battle Breakers. A turn-based tactical role-playing game for mobiles and PC, with cross-platform play.

Battle Breakers looks like typical mobile fare, with your team's heroes stood on hex grids on your side, facing off against enemies standing on hex grids on their side. There's an anime style and tone to the whole thing, with loud noises and flashy abilities. Do I sound old yet?

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It's been a funny few years for Epic Games. A generation ago it was firing on all cylinders: Gears of War struck like a thunderbolt in 2006, followed by everyone and their dog licensing Unreal Engine 3. Then there was the incredible success of Infinity Blade on mobile devices. I, and probably you, sat eager for what big new game would come next.

New Unreal Tournament gameplay footage revealed

We saw the new Unreal Tournament in boxy prototype form in a video in May. A couple of months later, in a new video, it resembles a proper game.

There's still loads to do but textures are there, weapons are implemented, a couple of levels are up and running and - crucially - deathmatch works, the team explained.

There are daily playtests and the video shows exactly that, with various team-members calling out game ideas as they play.

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