It’s debatable, with all due recognize to Jazz Jackrabbit, that Unreal—and in particular, Unreal Event—is the sport that put Epic Video games at the map. Sequels adopted in 2003, 2004, and 2007 (confusingly known as Unreal Event three), and in 2014 a brand new UT used to be introduced. Do not really feel unhealthy in the event you’ve forgotten about that (or simply hadn’t heard), regardless that, as a result of it is been a few years for the reason that closing time we checked in—when, mockingly, we declared that “it is time to be aware of the brand new Unreal Event.”
Since then, Epic’s consideration has been drawn in other places, principally to a sport you might have heard of known as Fortnite. At first launched in mid-2017 as a third-person survival-shooter, Fortnite changed into a mega-sensation a couple of months later when the Unreal Event group began experimenting with a Fortnite-based fight royale mode; enthusiasts went nuts, Epic went all-in, and Unreal updates quietly tailed off. Hypothesis about the way forward for UT floated from time to time at the Unreal Event subreddit in thread like, for example, FORTNITE KILLED UT4, however Epic hasn’t stated the rest about it by hook or by crook till nowadays, when it showed with Selection that construction has been halted.
“Unreal Event stays to be had within the retailer however isn’t [being] actively evolved,” Epic CEO Tim Sweeney instructed the website online. “We’ve just lately labored with GOG on making vintage Epic Video games titles to be had and we’re making plans to convey extra of them to the shop of their authentic glory.”
Fortnite is obviously Epic’s giant factor presently, however it is not the one factor: Nowadays it introduced plans for the Epic Retailer, a Steam-rivaling virtual storefront that can take a smaller share of revenues from builders and provides customers a loose sport each two weeks via all of 2019. Between that and Fortnite, Epic is almost definitely going to have its fingers complete no less than till Part-Existence three comes out, which means that in case you are fortunate—and that’s the reason a large if—you could see the Unreal Event wheels get started turning once more someday after that.