Unreal Tournament 5 Release Date To Be Announced In 2014?

Will the Unreal Tournament 5 release date be announced by Epic Games this week for 2014? If that’s the case the game might be named Unreal Tournament 2014 considering that previous entries in the series have used years in the title. Or perhaps the game will be a surprise?

In a related report by The Inquisitr, a comparison of the PC and PlayStation 4 Unreal Engine 4 demos shows how even the mighty PS4 GPU is relatively slow and cannot handle ray tracing methods like path finding. While that might make console gamers a little sad at least they’ll be heartened by the fact that indie gamers will have more access to gaming engine goodness now that Unreal Engine 4 and CryEngine are both available to developers via subscription.

The Unreal Tournament series of multiplayer first-person shooters made its debut in 1999. Unreal Tournament 2003 and Unreal Tournament 2004 followed but the last entry in the series, Unreal Tournament 3 was released around seven years ago back in 2007. So if Unreal Tournament 5 is coming then it’s a been a long wait.

Now the UE5 rumors indicate that the game will likely use Unreal Engine 4 (which makes sense since Unreal Engine 5 is likely to use more exotic tech). But so far the only substance to the rumors is based upon Epic Games employees making tweets about an upcoming announcement later this week:

It’s been so long, so for those who may have forgotten the sound effect “first blood” occurs whenever someone makes the first kill in Unreal Tournament. But despite all these blatant hints last month Epic boss Tim Sweeney declared that Unreal Tournament 5 or Unreal Tournament 2014 or whatever they’re really working on would not be happening at all:

“We’re not [planning on] shipping an Unreal Tournament game. We have a lot of nostalgia for the game, but we’re actually not developing anything in the Unreal game universe at all at the moment. We’ve announced Fortnite… That’s a game we’ll be talking about later. We don’t have anything to show you here at GDC. There are several other projects that aren’t announced yet that are being developed with Unreal Engine 4.”

Do you want Epic to announce Unreal Tournament 5? Or would you rather see some new blood instead of first blood?