The release notes are available for the upcoming UT release, tentatively scheduled for October 10th. This is a major release that will bump the Unreal Engine version from 4.12 to 4.14. The new release will undoubtedly wreak havoc on custom maps which more than likely will have to be recooked. So, we will most likely be starting over with the custom maps on the UC Hub. #Pre-alpha folks!
The most controversial change in this build is the removal of the impact hammer in free-for-all Deathmatch and also in Flag Run. This is going to be extremely difficult for long time UT fans to handle, primarily due to the loss of movement options that the hammer brings to the game. The second big change will be the removal of the grenade function from the Rocket Launcher to coincide with the addition of a dedicated grenade launcher.
The new grenade launcher will be an extension of what was the Bio Launcher. I’m pretty sure Epic is ready for a Hurricane Matthew-sized ***t storm after this release. I for one am going to be holding a stop watch in my first match timing the first “WTF, what happened to the…”?
Hang in there UT fans! Trust that Epic will get us “there” in the end a couple of years from now :-).
Go HERE for the full release notes.