E3 '07: Unreal Tournament III due in '07, PS3/PC exclusive 'til '08

Sony locks down console exclusivity until next year; PS3 version will ship with map editor months before 360 version.

CULVER CITY, Calif.--Epic Games literally has the best of both worlds. The North Carolina-based developer made headlines at last night's Microsoft press event by announcing that Gears of War, its blockbuster Xbox 360 shooter, is coming to the PC with five new single-player campaign levels and a map editor.

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Today, the company revealed that it has also struck a deal with Sony that will certainly boost sales of its PlayStation 3 console. Today at Sony's press event, Mark Rein took the stage to announce that Unreal Tournament III will be exclusive to the PS3 and PC when it is released later this year, and it will allow the importations of mods made for the PC version to the PS3. That exclusivity will remain until "early 2008," when an Xbox 360 version will be released.

Speaking to GameSpot, the irrepressible Rein laughed off any suggestion that Sony might have offered Epic financial incentives to keep UTIII a PS3 exclusive. "There's nothing sinister about it," he said, laughing. "It's just the PS3 and PC version of the games are compatible, because Sony has an open-source platform." Rein didn't clarify if he meant simply that the development process was compatible, or whether the game would allow for cross-platform play.

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186 comments
Gameheaven
Gameheaven

"The first being that the nintendo wii (if you can even call it a console anymore) is the weakest of the 3." I dont have a wii myself, but how can you say that? It has done what it was made for, a budget console. It was spec'd for less graphics based gameplay. That is something some developers should consider. For 90% of gamers graphics arnt everything

DeltaCobra
DeltaCobra

Blood-warrior - You should be slapped -You don't like gears of war? to drawn out..? -like a bi**h.

batosaims
batosaims

whos a bigger idiot seangames or blood warrio x lol the 360 unreal will be better because cliffy b had stated the unreal 3 engine was built around the 360 also the weakest maybe in cpu but the gpu of the 360 is far better then the ps3 plus the three core processor allows for superior ai on the 360 quoted by tobonubu itagaki himself sorry but the ps3 will have the worst version of the grand theft auto and unreal tournament 3 as far at gta goes there will be nothing the ps3 version has that the 360 wont have blu ray or not sry but the only mistake u kids made was having ur mother buy u a ps3 sony has lost the war

seangames
seangames

Blood-WarriorX, I completely agree with you.

Blood-WarriorX
Blood-WarriorX

"The 360 fanboys seem to think that theyre version will be better than the ps3 and pc versions... wrong, as we all know the xbox360 is weakest of the platforms, and this trend will continue because programmes need to release a CUT DOWN version for the 360 due to the lack of storage space (DVD = 9 GB max Blu Rau = 50Gb max). Blu ray offers more improved HD visuals and audio, than the 360 can dream of. Its already confirmed that GTA4 on the ps3 will offer far more content than its 360 variant, due to blu ray. Epic should release gears of war on the ps3 (at the same time as pc versions release)and include more single player levels and visuals to take advantage of blu ray." While i understand the juist of what your saying i have a couple grievances. The first being that the nintendo wii (if you can even call it a console anymore) is the weakest of the 3, and second Gears of War was published by mircosoft (correct me if i'm wrong) so its excedingly unlikly that it will be released for the PS3 anytime soon. Personally I never liked the game anyway, to drawn out for my tastes.

amulbocus
amulbocus

The 360 fanboys seem to think that theyre version will be better than the ps3 and pc versions... wrong, as we all know the xbox360 is weakest of the platforms, and this trend will continue because programmes need to release a CUT DOWN version for the 360 due to the lack of storage space (DVD = 9 GB max Blu Rau = 50Gb max). Blu ray offers more improved HD visuals and audio, than the 360 can dream of. Its already confirmed that GTA4 on the ps3 will offer far more content than its 360 variant, due to blu ray. Epic should release gears of war on the ps3 (at the same time as pc versions release)and include more single player levels and visuals to take advantage of blu ray.

The_Tricko
The_Tricko

Finally Epic have come to there senses....But can make it better making it an EXCLUSIVE game .... *crossed fingers* that Epic will make a game alot like Gears Of war fully exclusive to PS3....PS3 has all the tools that is needed for an exellent game its just that the game creaters are not as confident. UTIII should give them a good boost hehe!

Factor-Zer0
Factor-Zer0

Guess their still toning down the 360 version, I'll be getting the pc version anyway.

Eldridge00
Eldridge00

Good!! Screw the 360... PS3 is way better quality. Glad to here we get it first.

SteadyShark
SteadyShark

They're probably changing the online aspect, since xbox live is so vast in comparison to the other 2 platforms.

Easytarget1984
Easytarget1984

now this makes me laugh , own all 3 ( pc ,ps3,360) the ps3 control is bad, very bad for fps so looks like pc for me then.

Poshkidney
Poshkidney

meybe they are doing something to the 360 version

Panman_Dan
Panman_Dan

I read no where where Epic said it will look better, I really ponder how it will run and look better on the X360 while the PS3 has been proven to be a much more powerful machine. Oh well, I'm gonna pick this one up.

Eclipse_ShinRa
Eclipse_ShinRa

@mike300zxt Well Epic done said it will run and look better on the 360 :)

shinian
shinian

Nah I'll pass. I never really got into Unreal l Tournament:P

rocketman97
rocketman97

you know, odds are the only reason that it is being delayed until '08 for 360 is because, like some other people have said, it will sell better when its not competing on 360 with titles like halo 3 and bioshock

MrNib
MrNib

Good Thing Im getting this for PC, You Console nubs are going down

mike300zxt
mike300zxt

Stupid Epic! Lol, now I want a PS3 to get my hands on this game early :( PS3 version is looking like 720p...I wonder if the xbox will be 1080p.

SM2099
SM2099

YEAH!!! U.T. Rulez! Could this be the Halo Killer? Maybe. The game will no doubtly rock! Great graphics and first hand use of the Unreal Engine. This exclusitity till the end of year is very useful... it will help boost SOny into overdrive.

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Good move from Epic. It wouldn't sell as much this year in 360 cause it has too many great games coming.....Mass Effect, Halo-3, BioShock (Also on PC), PGR-4 and a lot of other multi-platform ones....

mmogoon
mmogoon

I really don't understand how it can be an exclusive for months without sony paying for it.

greystone227
greystone227

After watching the E3 interview about UT3, I'm thinking the delay is because of some porting, but mostly because they aren't quite sure how to get mods on to the 360. Ultimately, I think they'll either work out something with a USB drive, or just put some of the most popular ones on the Marketplace.

snipe2004
snipe2004

UT3 for ps3 only this year? its a done deal for me. 360 fanboys damage control on timed exclusive is working overtime i see.

Incubus420
Incubus420

This means nothing all i want to see is how well the game runs on the PS3 compared to the 360...If they run the same then who cares.

jknight5422
jknight5422

They're just waiting for the Halo 3 frenzy to cool down.

android_M
android_M

um if its exclusive 'til '08 then doesnt that simply mean that it isnt an exclusive game and that the '360 build will simply be released later than the PS3/PC versions..... SONY QUIT TRYING TO CONFUSE ME!!!!

MarcusMuchgame
MarcusMuchgame

My ps3 and I had a nice little chat today. Our long walks dance in my head when iam alone.Fortunately my 360 holds me through the night. What that Ps3 is home sh++....hide hide this could get ugly.No baby put that gun away we just fell asleep thats all. What... can u join in .....ok , this might be what me life has been missing now 360 dont be so ruff. The ps3 took me in its cords. Whoa what a strong grip i thought.Quiet , i said, so nobody will here us Then in a flash him was loaded and ready to go then suddenly something went noticeably wrong 360 was getting hot and bothered.Grind...him said ....Grind... and then he gave up.Where is his passion I thought. He became so hot he turned red,flashing red . Whats the matter baby ,I said.He gave no response .He would not even talk to me any more not even to show me his pretty parts.OMG hes dead to me.Good thing I have someone on the side.My ps3 and i done the sixaxiz(tm) all night long. Xbox i think iam pregnant, i said.He stared at me with those red eyes .So I dumped him ,in the trash.Week later I met a new black xbox (because of the avaliblity and ther sooo cheap) But he was ruff as well and didnt chew his food properly like the ps3.Xbox I said , u have no manners then he charged me for his services .I felt so used. At least I have some one who I can depend on. So I was comforted by the soft yet noticeable warmth of ps3.Not long after I conceived i gave birth to the spawn of satin ....A 78 pound Ps60.What will I tell my mother I thought! As the Ps60 got a bit older he wanted to see the city.Bancok and Tokyo mostly. Hes just like his fathers I thought. Iam not having that said his existing firm but loving father. U will go join the militia and destory all fanboys.Boy was he confused.Because he was the hell spawn of a 360 and ps3 how would he choose.......................................................................................to be continued

frankfurter209
frankfurter209

SONY: OMG WE GOT EXCLUSIVITY ME: Instead of buying a PS3, I think I'll play it on a computer. It's not really an exclusive. Foolish Sony

DeathGazerPSN
DeathGazerPSN

Buying this for PS3 day one. PC mods on a console! That's awesome!

MarcusMuchgame
MarcusMuchgame

Smart move by epic and Sony. They know SCE allows more creativity within the industry.

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

Man I am so pumped for this game, I don't know which platform I will get it for though

mike_mike_mike
mike_mike_mike

let there please be information for all the 360 gamers! please, just some information! like release date please

poofin
poofin

I could count every Xbox360 owner who DOESN'T have a PC on a four-fingered hand.

Pazy160
Pazy160

Linux Compatibly please !!! UT2004 was a massive hit with Linux gamers so hopefully they will see sense and make it compatibly.

Sonovius
Sonovius

I wanted UT to go mono y mono against Halo so all the kiddies would rush to Halo while I could play with the real gamers on UT. This still sucks.

ocdog45
ocdog45

map editor for the ps3, game....blouse!!!

s0njas0n
s0njas0n

nice, a timed exclusive... oh well...

jameston80
jameston80

eclipse_shinra I agree with you soo much on this, let ps3 have this game for a couple months earlier, there are way too many great games coming out from now till x-mas on the 360, ps3 at least needs 1, lol but seriously epic is smart at this, they dont want to go up against the big titles coming to 360 this fall, so this is a smart move to epic.

moocow21
moocow21

That's really cool that PC mods will be allowed on PS3.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

Just wondering if the game will incorporate DX10 to add more special effects or does the game use opengl. Also, is it multi-threaded to take advantage of multicore cpus.

rajeev101
rajeev101

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Eclipse_ShinRa
Eclipse_ShinRa

@smoothn00dle How is this bad for MS.. Epic is playing smart look at the 360 line vs PS3 line up.. the 360 has lots of great titles coming out form now till Dec. Epic not trying to up agaist Halo, GTA, Mass Effect, LO, BD, etc(just to name few))is smart.. Epic is playing it smart, get all the sells they can form the PS3t((Not many titles to vs this year for the PS3)) and bring UE3 to the 360 first Q1 2008. When there isn't many titles to vs..