I know what you’re thinking. There’s no way the new version of Unreal Tournament just quietly released, so how can I play it already?
As it turns out, Epic Games is taking the whole alpha/beta process of game development and kind of chucking it out the window. Joystiq already posted video (also shown below) of the developers fooling around with an extremely early build of the new Unreal Tournament. But the real news is that anyone who subscribes to Unreal Engine 4 for $19 a month can help tinker with the game while it’s being made.
Yes, that means you actually need to be able to code and stuff if you want to help leave your mark, but the fact remains that subsribers have access to prototypes of the game while it’s in its formative stages, and that’s something that simply doesn’t happen too often.
Several media outlets have pointed out that the developers don’t actually look all that skilled at the game they’re working on (at least at this stage), so if nothing else, maybe you can earn the satisfaction of literally beating people at their own game. That has to count for something, right?