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https://www.polygon.com/2019/5/1/185258 ... ue-psyonix
Psyonix were the same team who made an onslaught mappack and collaborated with Epic to create Onslaught gametype for ut2k4...In this thing they spend money and not to reinforce their staff or it could be using the money for ut development.
It's clear UT right now is not a priority.
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Until then, I think this is a good theory!
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I'm no apologist; if you read some of my posts on the official forum, you'll see that I'm as upset as anyone about the situation, but I'm not irrational. Epic have priorities, and UT was effectively a black hole of money and time. The state of the genre right now just isn't lucrative and Epic aren't a charity (though yes, you'd think they could do it for the legacy and take the game over the finish line, but that's a separate discussion from the current one). Quake Champions is illustrative of this fact; if id didn't have Doom: Eternal coming soon (which will sell well) and Rage 2 (which will also do well), they might not be so willing to continue their efforts developing for a game that has 2000 concurrent players worldwide at best.
The deal with Psyonix likely sounded like "We've got a boatload of money and we want cool developers onboard for the Epic store. You guys are awesome and we can offer you a barrel of money, stability, a distribution platform and creative freedom; a win-win for everyone."
Smart. And has nothing to do with UT at all.