Three months later, Epic is still silent about free ‘Unreal Tournament 3 X’

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Remember when I told you how Epic Games accidentally revealed a new version of 2007’s Unreal Tournament 3 that would be completely free on Steam, EGS and GOG with “no microtransactions and no strings attached?” That was three months ago. Unreal Tournament 3 X still hasn’t been announced, and the company still declines to confirm or deny whether it’s happening at all.

“Thank you for checking in. We have no new information to share on this,” Epic Games comms director Dana Cowley tells The Verge.

As of this writing, an extensive description of the unreleased Unreal Tournament 3 X still appears on Steam. I check almost daily, and I don’t think the page has changed at all in the past three months. The game’s apparently been in the works since at least 2021, when it seems to have appeared in internal communications subpoenaed in one of Epic’s app store legal battles.

One likely place for the game to actually get announced: Epic’s State of Unreal presentation at the 2023 Game Developers Conference (GDC), which will be livestreamed at 9:30AM PT / 12:30PM ET on March 22nd. Perhaps Tim Sweeney will say “you can play it now, it’s live!” and we’ll all cheer.