PS3 UTIII user mods due next week

One of the primary advantages that Midway and Epic Games have thus far announced for the PlayStation 3 version of Unreal Tournament III over its Xbox 360 counterpart, aside from being released several months in advance, is support user-created game mods made through the PC version's map editor...

One of the primary advantages that Midway and Epic Games have thus far announced for the PlayStation 3 version of Unreal Tournament III over its Xbox 360 counterpart, aside from being released several months in advance, is support user-created game mods made through the PC version's map editor. However, as the game narrowly made it out the door and onto store shelves in time for the busy 2007 holiday shopping season, players were noticeably unable to get their homemade maps running on the PS3 edition of the game.

That situation will soon be rectified, according to Epic Games vice president Mark Rein. In a post to the game's official forums, Rein said that with the issues now squared away, the team simply has to iron out the actual update to the PC game's map editor.

"We're very close to releasing an update to the Unreal Engine 3 editor that comes with the PC version of UT3 that will allow UT3 mod-makers to cook their mods into the required PS3 format. We've been doing some internal testing, and we're hoping to expand to a wider group tomorrow or Friday. If all goes well, then we should see the update released next week, which is what I expect will happen. Obviously the process works, as we put out a few mods before Christmas and people seem to be playing them, but it is the update to the editor that we're testing."

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zhivago_x
zhivago_x

User mods on consoles? Good move Sony

Gen-Gawl
Gen-Gawl

I still don't understand why this isn't standard?

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

"sucks for 360 that they can't get mods, its all microsofts fault, they don't want to open up their platform, or XBL, developers are looking at sony for online support rather than Microsoft," Urm...lol. Yes mate. I'm just loving the way developers all jumped ship as soon as the PS3 came out, because hardly anybody then, or now, wants one. Shame we get soo many great exclusives, and you guys are stuck with a watered-down PC game port, which got released after and gets features, after PC too. Such. A. Shame that PSN isn't haf a ghost to Xbox Live, doesn't even come close.

Homerj
Homerj

"Yeah for us PS3 users. I have the mods that are available now, they are great. Xbox 360 users, sucks to be you..... buy a better system and you could have this awsome game and mods for free!!!!!" Oh yes, and all those sweeetttt free viruses and cheats that will be able to be packaged with all those free mods. I am starting a pool for the date that the first PS3 exclusive virus gets uploaded to PSN and bricks every single console thats connected.

IC3_MAST3R
IC3_MAST3R

Sweet, I can't wait to try out some mods on the PS3 version.

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

@ome_One_Plays The inability to make mods for the PS3 version unless you own the PC version has nothing to do with Linux. What they should have done is just release the map editor as a free download so the PS3 owners could have access to it on their PC's without having to buy the PC version. It's pretty simple, if I want to make MOD's for my PS3 copy of Unreal, I have to go buy the PC version. Kinda stupid. Now we just have to wait and see how they handle MOD's in respect to uploading and downloading. Will they let anyone just post a MOD and it will be up on PSN right away or is PSN going to be monitoring each MOD and "approving" them. If that's the case then they f'd up again right there. That goes against the whole concept of what the MOD community is about.

HerktheSnake
HerktheSnake

I love how Epic is showing real effort in making UT3 a very enjoyable package for the ps3 users as soon as possible.

pudgeman007
pudgeman007

Are they gonna release just the map maker for those who dont have ut3 on pc ?

Eldridge00
Eldridge00

Yeah for us PS3 users. I have the mods that are available now, they are great. Xbox 360 users, sucks to be you..... buy a better system and you could have this awsome game and mods for free!!!!!

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

How can a modern online shooter not support chat? Is this a joke?

deadkingdg
deadkingdg

PSdual_wielder yahoo, now we'll finally be able to play those custom maps out on the pc version for so long now. You can find a plethora of these at the epic games forum. For so long? The game has been on PC for 6-7 weeks. That's not so long.

VMan
VMan

I didn't know the PC mods are unlikely to be playable on the Xbox 360 version (the version i've been waiting for). Oh well, I guess i'll be getting the PS3 version.

jacob-goodlich
jacob-goodlich

im still not getting ut3 untill it gets a splitscreen multiplayer mod ( and its released in australia!!!)

derek3257
derek3257

I don't understand why the mods are so important when the fact remains that the lag is still unacceptable, the mics are still having problems, and the campaign is kicking you out even though you don't need to be online to play it. I was hoping this article was going to be about an update to fix all the problem that have come with this game because of them rushing to get it out for the holidays. I would have gladly waited until spring to get a complete game. It's an incredible game when it's working properly but I guess I'll just have to wait like everyone else who's having problems with it for now. Thank you.

Bulazard
Bulazard

The real soul of UT is the creativity of these developers. Bring it on!

lord-of-gamers
lord-of-gamers

Netherscourge - i remember reading somewhere that u can download the map builder for the ps3 somewhere - not sure where but its free and stuff - i highly doubt that PC gamers would - just for the hell of it - make maps for console gamers lol

spy_of_chaos
spy_of_chaos

I'm pretty sure you can get unreal editor 2 for UT2004 for free without owning the game so I bet PS3 users will be able to do the same on their PCs and import it onto their PS3... BTW, making an editor for the PS3 would have pushed back the release of the game cus they need to make support for keyboards and a mouse cus the unreal editor is the most complex editor ever... Some people use the UT2004 to make a model of their house before they build it. It would be extremely complexe having a toolkit on your PS3 cus then you would also need a drag and drop browser of sorts cus you'd need to get textures for ur walls, sounds for your scripts and meshes for custom 3d forms... Thats why Epic games believes that it's not worth putting an editor on the PS3 cus the mods would surelly suck and take more time to do than on a PC and isn't worth the developping effort. Don't worry the PC community for UT is huge... We see like 30 new maps every day for UT2004 so I bet you guys will have your fill with the mods made on the PC ported onto the PS3. I remember I had 30GBs of maps for UT2004 and the original game folder was only 6GB. It's been known for epic to add editors in their games through patches after a realease so in the near future we might even see a simplified version of the PC engine on the PCs. This ain't no age of empires editor... It takes skill and lots of time and practice to make your first textured room with lighting.

BoobyUnger
BoobyUnger

lol if 360 got mods i bet ud have to pay for em

Some_One_Plays
Some_One_Plays

To: Bgrngod

The Yellow Dog Linux operating system doesn't have access to the GPU (Graphic Prccessing Unit) other wise they would've.

About the article

With the XBOX 360 version it isn't the space that is preventing the mods it's how XBOX Live is structured. So Microsoft would have to change how XBOX Live runs to allow mods on their system.

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

now we just need a console map maker

ocdog45
ocdog45

good stuff. im not a modder but still good stuff

theKSMM
theKSMM

I suspect that it's just a matter of time before consoles start getting more and more modding tools native to their platform, but for now console gaming is largely about control over content by the console manufacturer. Putting out native modding tools flies in the face of that control, so it will require something of a cultural shift to get us there. Still, this is great news for PS3 owners, and a mild coup for Sony (who undoubtedly negotiated these advantages for their console). Read my thoughts on gaming at my blog The Score.

greenpyro33
greenpyro33

If only the game was more fun and voice chat was fixed. still, its pretty cool

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

How does that prevent the PS3 from having it's own editor?

l8bitz
l8bitz

Groovy. I can't wait to get some of the stuff I did for the original Unreal on the ps3 and try it out.

newfg311
newfg311

Lazy: go to the UT3 website and they posted the first official mods in the forums.

Mooshu92887
Mooshu92887

Since I own the PC version I could really care less. But it's nice that console players have the option now that PC gamers have had for years.

gamerkid99
gamerkid99

w00t! My PS3 web browsr is usefull! 360 is gonna have the dumbed down version this time. No mods for them :p

Mr_duong
Mr_duong

yay now i can make it on my comp and then play on ps3 cuz i totally suck at the pc version =]

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

UT is a great game but its mods set it apart from most games.

XPrivateRyan22X
XPrivateRyan22X

The only thing that sucks is that you have to have the PC version also in order to get the editor. I think epic games should have packaged the editor program on a dvd/cd with the PS3 version.

ThrillhouseLive
ThrillhouseLive

They should have fixed the unstable servers first. This game is a lagfest

AngelCage
AngelCage

@Netherscourge Wait - so you need to buy the PC version to make the PS3 mods? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Oh my dear, let me explaint it. A good guy made an AWESOME map for unreal tournament III PC version, and he share the map as an download for the pleasure o the world. Then the guy 'compile' or 'translate' the same map for use on the PS3 and share it as a download for all the PS3 world... If you want to make mods too, then yeah, you will need the Pc version... What i don't get is why the PS3 version can't have a similar editor too if you can use a Mouse and Keyboard on the Ps3... question: PS3 and PC users can play online together????? if the answer is yes, then that's why the PS3 can't have a editor too.

Liondog
Liondog

I already played a user created mod map called "Shrine" for the PS3. It worked fine and was easy to download, I don't see any problems at all hmmmm.

xbxfalcon
xbxfalcon

This is a first for any console with the ability to add user created maps, but I have to agree they need to fix the VOICE. The game would be perfection.

ctg867
ctg867

And the PS3 version of UT3 should be landing in my Blu-ray Disc drive before then. I think the game itself should definitely be able to hold me off until then. This is really gonna up the replay value on this thing. I have a 360, but I wont wait to get the dumbed down version for it. I'll stick to Halo 3 and COD4 on my 360, and I'll stick to UT3 and Warhawk on my PS3. I highly doubt that MS is going to open up the console for serious mod usage like that, and I really doubt Epic will argue with them to get it running. Not to mention the fact that this game was being developed first on the PS3/PC, and therefore the 360 version would be a port, not a game that was put on hold or something, and the added advantage of the space of a BRD will also sway texture quality and overall all graphic quality over the 360 version. If anybody knows how much they had to compress Gears to fit on a DVD, or that Rage (the next big iD game) will be two disc for the 360, will know what I'm talking about.

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

Sooo... you have to own the PC version to make mods for the PS3 version? Roflcopter? That sounds like a pretty big f-up. Why not make the map editor free to DL so the PS3 owners can use it?

IDREADI
IDREADI

That's awesome, you guys should check out the map Kordan lot's of fun. also check out http://www.ut3mod.com/ you can DL the maps from your ps3, you still need external storage but it's a bit easier.

lamprey263
lamprey263

actually, besides the PS3 version having a timed exclusive over the X360 version, the X360 version is going to come out even later because Epic really wants mods to work on the X360 version; so I take it if/when the X360 version does come out, it should have a capacity for mods

Alphamale001
Alphamale001

I was going to wait for the 360 version. But I went a head and got it for my PS3. I love mods and can't wait to see what cool stuff people make for this game. I will rent the 360 version and get it for cheap if my friends end up getting it. This is the first game going multiplatform that I actually had to think about which console I wanted to get it on. I like that. Now my PS3 is getting a lot of love.

Shellshock92
Shellshock92

Dude PS3 is awesome for this game, at least we wont have to pay for mods, Xbox makes it harder for users tomake their own content and spread it out, I got it and that DM_Shrine map is awesome!!