If Epic Games were ever to return to the original Unreal, Cliff "Cliffy B" Bleszinski would dearly love to reboot the 1998 shooter as a Skyrim-like openworld title featuring tight shooting and epic exploration.
"SciFi-Rim," if you will.
"I was quoted recently on a Fortnite panel about the first Unreal and what a reboot might look like," explained Bleszinski during a Reddit Q&A session. "Having really grown into a big Bethesda fan lately (Skyrim rocked my world) I couldn’t help but wonder what a reboot of Unreal would be like if it was more “SciFi-Rim.”"
“Sure, there would be shooting involved,” he continued, “but exploration would almost be more important. Get back to that sense of wonder that the first game had. (Caves and castles and crashed ships are basically your dungeon instances, whereas the “overworld” is less intense.) Put it on a high end PC and prepare yourself for amazing visuals never before seen in real time.”
Bleszinksi also weighed in on the idea of rebooting the original Unreal Tournament (which is still utterly masterful, by the way - I'll see you on Facing Worlds). Apparently revisiting a classic can be a poisoned chalice.
“As far as a new UT, it’s hard to say. Shooters and their sequels are a tricky beast. Often you wind up upsetting your core whenever you make a sequel because sometimes you change things the users didn’t want changed, or the users are so very in love with their memory of the original game that there’s nothing you can do to live up to the first game. This happened with Counterstrike: Source, Quake 2, Unreal Tournament 2003, heck, even Halo 2.”
What do you make of it, dear reader? Would you want to explore the Unreal universe?