Epic's Sweeney: Unreal Tournament on Hiatus

By Nick Breckon, Jul 24, 2009 1:03pm PDT Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney says that his company will not release a full retail version of Unreal Tournament in the next "several years," a break from the studio's steady series of UT releases between 1999 and 2007.

"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," said Sweeney in a G4 interview transcribed by BigDownload. "So we have that effort somewhat on hold while we work on a few other initiatives."

"Sometimes it's okay to let people miss a property," said Epic's Cliff Bleszinski in a separate G4TV interview, noting the successful return of Fallout.

Sweeney did add that Epic will continue to support Unreal Tournament 3 modding efforts, and is planning to "open up the engine to more people to use freely" sometime in the future.

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  • I'm really not surprised about this news but I could see it coming.

    Its an OK game. Its just UT... with a 3 on the end. It doesn't add anything relatively new and they took out a bunch of game modes that people liked.

    Same weapons, same tactics, same people who use nothing but shock rifle combos that get on my very last nerve.

    Some of the level design though is just out of this world, absolutely incredible job! I haven't seen custom maps as they're too big for me to download on the connection I'm on.

    Now if only there were more online players...