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New Unreal Tournament News Roundup

With Thursday's announcement of a new Unreal Tournament title, quite a few people have come out of the woodwork regarding the title. Among the two who have... the composers of the original games in the series, Michiel van den Bos and Alexander Brandon, have both left posts regarding their interests in scoring the new title, and in return, today a reply from Steve Polge emerged:

"Michiel, Of course we would be thrilled to have you and Alex involved in this project! The music you guys made always invokes tremendous nostalgia for me - I'm always instantly transported back to playing UT. How are you interested in participating?"

Could this mean that we'll see a return of the original composers to this next title? Time will only tell, but there is clearly plenty of community support (including from yours truly) on the prospects of this development.

In other, related news, Kevin Riepl (who composed for UT2003, UT2004, and UT3) also left a post in another thread expressing his interest, schedule permitting:

"I'm certainly not opposed to being a part of this. I have no idea the schedule of the development and my contribution I suppose would depend on my schedule allowing it."

So in short, it sounds like the new may well have the sound of the old. Nothing is set in stone yet, nor official, but there's certainly some interest. As always, we'll keep you posted.

UPDATE (May 11 2014, 12:53 AM EDT): Steve Polge has likewise replied to Kevin Riepl.

"Kevin, you did a fantastic job with your contributions! For a lot of fans who were first introduced to the series with UT2004, your music is the definitive sound of the franchise (and it rocks). We'd love to have you participate if you are able. It's a bit early for us now to have any specific development plans for music, but I know we'd love to have whatever you were able to do."

As before, we'll keep you posted if anything is confirmed.



Tim Sweeney has left a post regarding a question common of our modern times: "Will the new game be on Steam?"

"We haven't figured out the complete distribution plan for the game once it's ready to be downloaded and played as a standalone package.

We will definitely make it available as a free download from our website.

We love Steam, but before making any promises we need to investigate the technical and financial practicality of running something like the Unreal Engine 4 Marketplace within the framework that Steam provides."

So for now, whether the new UT is on Steam or not is a secret to everybody.