PC UTIII golden, dated

Epic Games' far-future battle royal shipped to manufacturers for release on PCs November 19; PS3 version to "follow soon."

Today, Midway announced that Epic Games' Unreal Tournament III has at long last gone gold for the PC. The gladiatorial sci-fi shooter will land on retail shelves on November 19 and be available in a $49.95 standard edition and $59.95 limited edition. Blinged out with tin hard-cover packaging, the limited edition will contain a concept art book and a bonus DVD that features various "making of" videos, as well as a video tutorial on making mods. An online multiplayer demo is currently available for the game, and GameSpot's previous coverage has more.

The release date for Unreal Tournament III has been a difficult one to peg down. Announced in 2005, the game was initially slated to arrive for the PC in 2006 under the moniker Unreal Tournament 2007. In January 2006, the game picked up a PlayStation 3 version that was said to be a launch title for Sony's system, which was at that time still expected in the spring of that year. However, that fate was quickly cast in doubt when Epic VP Mark Rein said the game would only ship once it was done, and that a PC version would most certainly arrive before its PS3 counterpart.

In July 2006, Epic confirmed that UT 2007 had officially vacated its 2006 release window to "the first half of 2007," and dropped hints that the PS3 wasn't the only next-gen platform that the floaty shooter would rage on. With its new 2007 release, the game's title was clearly passé, and Epic officially redubbed the game Unreal Tournament III in January while subsequently confirming an Xbox 360 version was in development.

Though Epic had scored a massive hit with Gears of War in 2006 for the Xbox 360, the developer said during this year's E3 Media and Business Summit that it would be giving Sony its due with limited console exclusivity. As such, the PS3 and PC version would arrive in November 2007 and the Xbox 360 game would trail in early 2008. The exclusivity Sony brokered has now been cast into question, however, as Midway has officially delayed the PS3 version to 2008, with today's announcement noting the PS3 version's release will follow the PC game "soon."

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Hellknight13
Hellknight13

Midway must be dispising the XBOX 360 console or something. Im still waiting for Unreal Tournament 3 to come out and now that Unreal Tournament 3 has gone gold, that really annoyed me because I can't play this game on my PC because its too powerful and I don't have a PS3 since I don't have 1028p HDTV to make the most of it and make the most out of Blu-Ray which will become a waste of money if I don't have the right stuff for it :(

dragonseer439
dragonseer439

@bardkieran - Epic did plan to have play between PS3 and PC, but they have since said it can't be done. Anyway if it was to happen you 'pc guys' wouldn't have any advantage because the PS3 version will support USB mouse and keyboard. Analogue sticks don't suck for slower paced fps games, but for UT3 and games like Quake Wars, yeah, definate disadvantage.

bardkieran
bardkieran

i actually played the demo of this on my pc last night. the game looks real solid. it really feels like ut 2004 with newer graphics...same high paced action. I wonder if the online mode will allow hookupbetween pc and console peeps, so us pc guys can show you WHY analog sticks suck for fps games ;)

Hector_01
Hector_01

40 gb ps3 is cheaper than a 8800 gts????????????? Must be a really expensive 8800 gts lol.

lamprey263
lamprey263

Well, being as the X360 version is scheduled to be released early 2008, and the PS3 version is getting delayed until early 2008, I wouldn't be surprised if the X360 version got released around the same time as the PS3 version. Midway did make the gesture to avoid favoritism to allow the PS3 version to be released earlier, but PS3 development has had some problems, just like what happened with Stranglehold. Plus, since Midway is posting losses, I'm sure they're willing to break their promiss to Sony and just release them as they get done. Besides, to my knowledge Sony didn't give Midway any money for a timed exclusive, MIdway just promised it.

NeoNavarro
NeoNavarro

What ever platform you plan to buy this on the games going to kick a$$.

teirdome
teirdome

My main question is with the release of UT3 on the PS3, can we expect to see Gears of War on the PS3? Same engine powers both, so I'm not sure how difficult the port would be. But really, I'm extremely glad that Epic is staying true to its PC roots, both in Gears of War and UT3. This title is a must have for long time PC gamers.

d3vilg0d
d3vilg0d

Epic promised sony exclusivity so epic is in a bit of a muddle.Exclusively this year sounds a whole lot better than exclusively for this week.If epic can push it this year their will be alot of hardcore gamers including myself to pick up a ps3.In my country a 40gb ps3 is cheaper than a 8800gt.seriously

Rookie87
Rookie87

a liite backwards Betaslayer PC>wii>ds>ps3>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>360 cant wait have it on preorder and i just got a new vid card

dorohala
dorohala

Just get a PS3, I can feel the power of the PS3 lol!!!

shinchy
shinchy

Well so much for the PS3 Exclusive

ScottEFresh
ScottEFresh

LOL @ Xbots saying they are going to boycott this game because it's not on 360. IF you want it that bad then get it for PC. PS3 had to get some exclusives so stop **** get it eventually.

MetalZombieII
MetalZombieII

sascha23, you are actually incorrect about the 360 version not being in proper development , as you call it, there has been a bunch of leaked information stating the 360 version is done and the delayed PS3 version + exclusive period is the olny thing holding it up. In combination with leaked info that it's done, here is another little hint for you that it is done, the dev team has stated that the only problem they are running into with 360 is that they are having trouble getting all the maps on the 360 disc, otherwise IT IS identical to the PC and PS3 versions. Read between the lines, it's already done for the 360, but they have to honor the timed exclusive that Sony has already paid them for.

seamusb
seamusb

'PS3 version to "follow soon."' Very soon I hope.

Lane_McNair
Lane_McNair

Why do people keep calling GoW a FPS? It was definately a shooter (and a good one, at that), but it was NOT IN FIRST PERSON! Anyways, I wonder what will happen with the user created mods on 360? It'd be cool if that was on all 3 platforms. Making mods for the original UT was a blast, but my crappy computer can't handle UT3.

Hector_01
Hector_01

lol at Jazzism!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A halo clone eh? That is a very bold statement to make lol. UT was out long b4 the first halo game even saw daylight. You think UT 3 is a halo clone then you must be young or somethin cause i can assure you if either game had copied somthin from the other than it would most likely have been halo copying somthin of UT. UT 3 is very fast paced and it HAS the dodge jumping and everything that made it such a great multyplayer experience. I for one, thought the demo was great and look foward to givin the full version a go. But dont ever compare halo to this game cause they are in a different league.

cool1986
cool1986

ut3 is gonna be one killer app for pc (other one being COD4).. coz of its wide compatiblity .. it runs smoothly on current gen hardware and looks great .. but the games like Crysis make even the best of pc's crawl...'

blackviper12
blackviper12

markevens ps3 killer app??? lol wtf are you talking about? A killer app is a game that can sell consoles or boost the system.Like GoW, Halo, Crysis, Mass Effect(?), and w/e other one you can think of. This game is no exclusive to PS3. GoW and Halo are killer apps, (GoW was a killer app, won't be for PC i dont think). PS3 has MGS and Killzone 2 i guess. I have no doubt that MGS will be good if not great. Other than that (killzone 2...maybe) Sony has nothing near a killer app.

Homerj
Homerj

Epic had best hope that every single PS3 owner buys at least 3 copies apiece. The damage that they have done to their image with the 360 community (and a good percentage of the PC crossover community) over this timed exclusivity debacle is at least equal to that. My temper will have to have cooled dramatically for me to even seriously consider buying GeOW2....I'm just that soured over this whole PR mess that was caused only by Epic's pandering to Sony just to collect a little revenue from their timed exclusivity contract.

Jazzism
Jazzism

They just made UT3 a Halo clone. It is missing the fast pace, fast moving dodge-jumping which actually made it a cut above the rest. With that gone now, it's just the same as the others . Totally unimpressed from playing the demo. 2 generations of UT2k3 and 2k4 movement style and have Epic cut it out cold turkey, inexcusable ignoring the community.

wars45
wars45

this well be the king of shooters .i want this game moor than i want eny game

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

It's going to live up to its billing most definitely, and it will finally demonstrate the PS3's true power.

g3n3r41xan
g3n3r41xan

no offence to anyone but I really want this game to rival Crysis, Gears of War, and many other FP shooters out there. Im not saying it should but I want it to happen, because UT has always been a fun and great graphic game and this is really the king of them all, so I hope it does really well.

Duke852456
Duke852456

The UT has done what No game has yet Done before. They Took all their time to perfect the guns, Characters, And arena. Once it hits the stores it will sell out like hot cakes!!

K_M82
K_M82

It's not fair that the 360 version of this game got delayed because of the PS3. Porting a game to the 360 from PC is so easy (as easy as porting a 360 game to PC). It takes only 3 month to port Lost Planet from the 360 to PC. It would take about the same amount of time to port UT3 from PC to 360. But because of exclusivity deal the 360 version will be delayed along with the PS3 version. As for me, I will buy the PC version. The demo is awesome and not that demanding (OK I know it's only medium setting, but it already look great!). I hope at high setting the real game would not be as demanding as that damed game Crysis.

g3n3r41xan
g3n3r41xan

I first need to think about an upgrade before I think about getting this. I know I really want to get this game but whats the point if my computer hardly runs this game. So an upgrade first then ill collect money for this game.

09231991
09231991

I kinda see a similarity here between this game being exclusive for awhile on the PS3 along with VT5 being a so-called exclusive for awhile. Virtua Fighter 5 was gonna be this awesome game and a PS3 exclusive but everyone found out it wasn't gonna have online, people were very mad but still happy that it was a very good fighter and an exclusive. But when they announced it was coming to the 360 and also that its gonna Xbox Live, fans of the PS3 version were extremely pissed cuz 1. they lost their exclusivity and 2. they didn't have online like they wished and wanted. So I see a pattern happening here. PS3 fans will be happy with the exclusivity for awhile but then when the company releases some kinda exclusive content like added weapons, levels, etc., PS3 fans will be pissed. So PS3, don't get ur hopes up to high, ok. Just as a precaution. Oh and don't give me a negative because I'm stating a fact.

bodylotion
bodylotion

Looking forward to the game but i don't expect many new things.

sascha23
sascha23

Obviously UT3 for the PS3 will still hold 6+ month exclusivity over the 360 version which is not even in proper development right now. The focus is now on the PS3 version and the 360 one will follow 6+ months from it. That's ample time for gamers wanting MGS4, Killzone, Little Big Planet, GTA4, DMC4 and the existing big titles to make their current-gen buying decision.

markevens
markevens

Yet another PS3 killer app delayed past the holiday season. Sony must be uber frustrated. I do give utter props for the PS3 being able to support keyboard and mouse in order to battle PC gamers.

lamprey263
lamprey263

being as there's already enough coming out in the next month I don't mind waiting until the X360 version

dead_god86
dead_god86

to GR33DY83: have you been living under a rock? this is UT, they aint gunna changed all you classic weapon's dramatically. ...c'mon c'mon c'mon, been waiting over 2 yrs for this, c'mon c'mon c'mon

GR33DY83
GR33DY83

not really liking this game too much is it all lasery guns or shock guns ??? i mean i like my guns with bullets so i can see the blood splatter

XwarzoneX
XwarzoneX

3 days after Crysis? Hoo boy. After Halo 3 and Orange Box, it's another big battle. Another one where we all win, thankfully.

WarhawK-harris
WarhawK-harris

The PC demo kicks a$$. I wonder what the full PC version will kick. It has to be something bigger than the gluteus.

matt_dangelo
matt_dangelo

IM NOT SURE IF I WANT T, HOW WILL THEY BIND ALL OF THOSE BUTTON COMBOS AND MOVES ON A CONTROLLER? this is on of those games that is like....questionable to port from a PC?

OatmealKing
OatmealKing

man i wanna get this game.......lets go people...!!!

colbster
colbster

360 has too many great multiplayer FPS games. We don't really need another. I might rent it when it comes out for 360.

Da1ShrpSh0trGrl
Da1ShrpSh0trGrl

colbster, I agree with you there. Specially because a lot of ppl play for achievement points. Now about the exclusivity, no way....

blackviper12
blackviper12

lol when i saw November 19 i started to freak out cause I thought that was the 360 release date as well. I was like come on!!! Too many great game come out for 360 this month. Too much money. But now that I have read I am happy to see it is for PC ONLY. Sorry ps3 fans still gotta wait for somewhat decent game. R&C...LOL.

colbster
colbster

I would be very suprised if the PS3 version beat the 360 version to shelves. There's just no precedent of this happening. Sony should try to make this an exclusive PS3 and PC title.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

If i were sony I would have waited for a better Time release title. Not to sat that it wil be in anyway bad. But there are better titles that have a little more to offer to PS fans atleast in my opinion.

thekey
thekey

"PS3 version to "follow soon." Oh boy here we go again. At this rate the 36o version will be out before the PS3 version.

SneakyB986
SneakyB986

I cannot wait...im gonna look at the countdown timer at beyond/planet unreal everyday until it releases haha.....but something bothered me in this article...the term "floaty shooter" ......did gamespot ever play the original....the only floaty aspects were the sequel and fake sequel haha.

syx
syx

"And actually, make gold is not that is being manufactured, but that the (likely) final version of the code is ready. After that they test it one last time, and unless a show stopper bug is found, they begin manufacturing..." Actually, you're thinking of a release candidate. When a game goes gold, it DOES go off to duplication and mastering.

hermes200
hermes200

One more game the PS3 gets delayed... Sony really needs to improve their development support if they want to compete with Microsoft. And actually, make gold is not that is being manufactured, but that the (likely) final version of the code is ready. After that they test it one last time, and unless a show stopper bug is found, they begin manufacturing...