PS3 Unreal Tournament III golden, due December 10

[UPDATE] Following warnings of a 2008 delay, the console debut of Epic Games' latest fragfest heads for the factory--but won't hit Europe until next year.

After yesterday's delay of Haze, it looked like the only third-party PlayStation 3 exclusive left on the 2007 release schedule was Namco Bandai's Time Crisis 4. Today, though, owners of Sony's recently discounted console got a welcome surprise: After being all but officially postponed to 2008 last month, the PS3 version of Unreal Tournament III is now confirmed as shipping this year.

"We got news last night that Unreal Tournament III has been approved by SCEA and has been released to North American manufacturing," said Epic Games Vice President Mark Rein in an e-mail to game journalists. Earlier this month, the outspoken executive said that, despite Midway's pessimism, he was "confident" the game would arrive in 2007. Sony also continued to list it as arriving this year in its release schedule.

Rein went on to say that UTIII publisher Midway Games was currently weighing its release strategy for the shooter, which arrived for the PC this week. (Check back later today for a full review.) However, since many in the US have already left for the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the company doesn't have an official release date for the game.

"My guess is that Midway will start shipping the title to North American retailers on Monday, December 10th," said Rein. "It could show up in stores as early as December 11th but more likely toward the middle of that week." [UPDATE2] On Monday, November 26, Sony Computer Entertainment America confirmed the PS3 UTIII would indeed ship in the US and Canada on December 10."It is expected to begin arriving in stores in limited quantities the following day, with a US suggested retail price of $59.95," said Sony.

Unfortunately, due to "localization-related tasks," Rein doesn't expect the PS3 UTIII to arrive in Europe until early next year. SCEA's announcement did not mention shipping information for territories outside the Western Hemisphere.

However, by arriving in North American stores this year, Unreal Tournament III will (barely) fulfill the 2007 console exclusivity promised at the E3 Media & Business Summit in July. However, it remains unclear how long the game will be available solely on PCs and PS3s, as Midway has announced plans to bring it to the Xbox 360 sometime in 2008.

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TheRealMafoo
TheRealMafoo

WHT Gamespot? This is a premier game, and somewhat of a revolution for console gamming (MOD's for console gamming in new). This game could have huge impacts on the future of console game design, and not a single promotion from you guys. No flash piece, no launch center, nothing. The last story you did on it was Oct 12th. What's the deal? They not pay you enough?

Eldridge00
Eldridge00

Thank you Epic for putting this on PS3 This will be sweet!!!!

alberth123123
alberth123123

UT3 was supposed to b ps3Exclusive...but now is going multiplat

fuzzy_hippo
fuzzy_hippo

this game looks sweet!!! finally a company that puts a game out on ps3 first.

dewmandew7
dewmandew7

I might get this. I can't decide.

theone332
theone332

to chucknorris not trying to be mean but stfu

EmperorSupreme
EmperorSupreme

@ChuckNorris82 The X360 version is going to be the worst version. Unreal is nothing without MOD support something only PC and PS3 owners get. You can thank MS for that.

hchir
hchir

Please delay this game forever! I don't want another FPS.

ChuckNorris82
ChuckNorris82

i can't wait for this game..on 360! Its going to be amazing, on both systems!

ChuckNorris82
ChuckNorris82

i can't wait for this game..on 360! Its going to be amazing, on both systems!

ChuckNorris82
ChuckNorris82

i can't wait for this game..on 360! Its going to be amazing, on both systems!

ChuckNorris82
ChuckNorris82

i can't wait for this game..on 360! Its going to be amazing, on both systems!

star51
star51

can't wait 2 devour this game

Floms
Floms

yeah i already preorder the game This game is going to be best FPS ever made

Warfust
Warfust

Well, at least they were able to make it out this year.

LordLonewolf777
LordLonewolf777

Bleh, I'm glad for the PS3 guys. They had a dry run for games till now. :P

mastertimx
mastertimx

this is great news. i was going to get haze, the orange box, assasins creed, and call of duty for christmas, but i'll replace haze with this seeing as how haze was delayed. i was going to get uncharted for christmas but i just couldn't wait i had to get it before then. this is a good ps3 holiday, and in febuary how can you not love DMC4 next to an even more impressive killzone 2.

da1writer
da1writer

Flackstone Quote: "UT 3 was origonaly suposed to be a 360 exclusive but they turned it down." I agree with you trizzle_a, wow is the word I could only come up with. Hands down though, it is the funniest fanboy comment I ever read! *And I plan on recieving a insta ban from the mods for my comment*

jacob-goodlich
jacob-goodlich

next year for europe does that mean australia as well?

trizzle_a
trizzle_a

"flackstone UT 3 was origonaly suposed to be a 360 exclusive but they turned it down." HAHAHAHA Oh WOW!

PS2Hawk
PS2Hawk

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PS2Hawk
PS2Hawk

@ Smartiepants Resistence: FOM is over 2 million units sold now, SONY announced in summer that they shipped 2 million units when the game was getting hammered in press for including a church similar to the one in Europe somewhere.

Steel_Rain777
Steel_Rain777

Awesome, Cant wait to play this on my bravia :)

Smartiepants
Smartiepants

Sascha23: I don't want to get into any petty arguments, but the most recent sales figures I heard for Resistance on PS3 were a couple of weeks ago and said that it had sold 1 million, not 2. And Gears Of War has sold over 4 million copies - I don't know how long it took to reach that figure, but it definitely reached it some time ago. They're both good games though, so does it matter?

StephenHu
StephenHu

I might get this with the KB/Mouse support, since my PC plays this on medium/high with 30fps. Can someone explain how KB/M will work on my ps3, do i just plug in my usb g5 laser mouse and usb keyboard and it'll work?

bestco
bestco

PC version of this game only gets about 8.4 avearge on Gamerankings.com. This is not looking for good for the PS3 version, which is supposed inferior to the PC version.

athenian29
athenian29

About time they made up their minds. Sheesh...

frostbach_basic
frostbach_basic

"The reason why a lot of 360 exclusive games are also on PC is really quite simple. The 360 is a mid-spec gaming PC." Yeah...pretty much...heck, I think there's a flag on Oblivion called Onxbox or something like that...

flackstone
flackstone

UT 3 was origonaly suposed to be a 360 exclusive but they turned it down.

wars45
wars45

dam it my mate got it on pc and he say it ace but i dont like games on pc dame it come on next y for the ps3 wooooooooooooooo

Homerj
Homerj

The reason why a lot of 360 exclusive games are also on PC is really quite simple. The 360 is a mid-spec gaming PC. Games written for PC need only have the control scheme adjusted (if there is not native controller support on the PC) and getting the visual options set to 360 spec. The reason why PS3 exclusives dont release to PC immediately is that the architecture is exotic and games on the PS3 have to be essentially written from the ground up. Thats also why multiplat titles tend to underperform on the PS3 in general (there are a few that are equal in performance to the 360, but they tend to be low-resource demand games like Oblivion). Games developed for PC/360 require a massive development effort to get them PS3-ready. This is what's really causing problems for Sony, third party devs are not getting a financial incentive to go through the trouble of developing PS3 games. The large effort only yields miniscule sales numbers (case in point, R&C, by all reports a good game, has sold fewer than 200K copies).

DonutTrooper
DonutTrooper

WOW this is amazing. Sorry for you Europeans, I'll pour a beer for you while I tear it up playing Unreal Tourney III.

Loucetios
Loucetios

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BoogieManZero
BoogieManZero

Sadly my PC would never support this game so I'll have to settle for the 360. I am a big fan of the UT games but I'm not going to keep upgrading my PC to play every game I want.

kingtrewq
kingtrewq

wow how does a game get dlayed to next year than get go golden a couble weeks later

jogunther
jogunther

All the benevolent demo players and 360 owners won't stop us with a PS3 from playing it. I mean do you need all the pointless comments about wanting to wait. How about we let the game come out and then we can judge it.

PMatt722
PMatt722

ill wait to play this on a good online service.

Mooshu92887
Mooshu92887

*shrug* The PC version is still better...

carljohnson3456
carljohnson3456

Wow. Some people just simply lie on this board. Why do that. Why lie about businesses that really dont affect you? Only thing you have to do with Sony/MS/Nintendo is that you bought their console. Other than that - your daily life doesnt affect them, and their businesses surely shouldnt affect yours. So why come in here and lie to make a business look good, or a product look good, or a game look good. Crazyness. Not speaking to all of you guys, but you know the kind.

matt_dangelo
matt_dangelo

me 2..ill be playing on my 60in pioneer plasmas whihc should be here by WED....YES!