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Unreal Tournament's future may be revealed next week

Epic Games appears poised to reveal the future of Unreal Tournament Thursday, May 8, at 2 p.m. ET in a Twitch stream, according to multiple Tweets from Epic employees today.

Epic Games VP of product development Paul Meegan tweeted that those interested in "the future of Unreal Tournament" can tune into the UnrealEngine Twitch channel at that time.

"You want to know about the future of #UnrealTournament?" Epic co-founder Mark Rein wrote asked on Twitter. He also included hashtags for #FirstBlood and #UnrealDev, just as Meegan did. Dana Cowley, Epic's marketing manager, also tweeted with the First Blood hashtag, and included a link to a YouTube video from user CoDxForCe. Posted in 2011, the two-second video speaks the phrase "first blood," which plays after the first kill in a map.

The Unreal Tournament series of multiplayer first-person shooters made its debut in 1999. Unreal Tournament 2003 and Unreal Tournament 2004 followed. The last game in the series, Unreal Tournament 3 (pictured above), was released in 2007.

We've reached out to Epic for more information and will update this article as we receive it.

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