TGS '07: Unreal Tournament III PS3 Pre-Show Update

Until recently, Sony's Tokyo HQ would have been a strange place to find Epic's upcoming online shooter. But find it we did.

TOKYO--Epic veep and all-around spokesman Mark Rein was on hand tonight at Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show preview event at the company's headquarters to show off a recent build of Unreal Tournament III for the PlayStation 3, and also to talk about the future of the game's development on the platform. Production is indeed proceeding apace, and the game is still roughly on track to be released on the PS3 in November, in accordance with Epic's previous statements--although those guys can always fall back on their favored-developer status and play the "when it's done" card if they need more time.

However, the build we tried seemed quite solid, so we don't anticipate any major delays (in our own infinite game-development wisdom, naturally). Aside from a few texture-loading bugs and other prerelease quibbles, the game was running at a smooth frame rate and was quite playable in standard deathmatch against bots on a couple of the game's rather attractive maps. Rein reiterated the game's minor Sixaxis motion controls, which let you steer the default hoverboard vehicle by tilting the controller. The same controls also let you steer the redeemer supermissile after you launch it. Luckily, you won't be shoehorned into using the Sixaxis for anything you don't want to do.

In all truth, reams have already been written about Unreal Tournament III's enormous amount of gameplay modes, vehicles, weapons, and so on. You know that Epic likes to cram these games full, and Rein told us he's more interested in espousing how similar the PS3 game is to its PC big brother than spending time talking about unique PS3 features (of which there are few). But the most interesting thing to us was the confirmation that mod makers will be able to distribute the mods they make for the PC version to PS3 users as well. (You have to fill up that hard drive somehow.) There won't be any arbitrary limit on what modders can do on the PS3; as long as the mod or level or what-have-you can fit into the PS3's memory, it's pretty much fair game. How you'll actually access and play that sort of user-created content hasn't been announced yet, so look for details to surface soon on that, the release date, and anything else Epic has up its sleeve.

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wars45
wars45

this will rock on my ps3

KingBahamut
KingBahamut

because with a console version there are more people who can buy increasing the profit

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

Can't wait to get this game when it gets released. I'm really excited about it

wars45
wars45

i want this game now

williamshattner
williamshattner

NOw if other developers would just support the gaming community like this (m/kb support and mod support).

LuminosityBlaze
LuminosityBlaze

Hello?! You can use mouse and keyboard too, yes, even on the PS3 version...

Some_One_Plays
Some_One_Plays

To: ColdfireTrilogy, Have you ever heard of virtual memory when the RAM (Random Access Memory) doesn't have enough space it uses the hard drive to simulate RAM. This is used more in modern computers and so wouldn't hard drive space still matter? Since you want to get all technical on the whole memory thing. Added: Just to let you know it states "you have to fill that hard drive some how" and what the hell does RAM have to do with mods? RAM is more about your key strokes and it remembering in a short amount of time. Another example would be using more then one window to surf the net it has nothing to really do with the downloads. Yes RAM does make the computer faster but a good mix of virtual memory and RAM is great. I just realized what this guy just said and thought it should be out there.

impulsivity83
impulsivity83

I've really missed UT games for a while now so its great we're finally getting one again! Between the mouse/keyboard option and being able to play on the 50 inch HDTV while still using DLed content the PS3 is starting to look like the version of choice unless you have a monster PC/Mac. A nice touch is being able to play for free and DL things for free on the PS3 just like the PC. None of that 7 dollars a month xbox live junk or the expensive content downloads Microsoft always pushes (100 to one odds a lot of the content that is free on PC/PS3 are going to cost MS points).

q64silver
q64silver

UTIII with gamepad control - this is funny indeed

Blackadder2290
Blackadder2290

this looks amazing cant w8 for the game defiently getting it for the 360! non-stop mayhem yay!

ConCy-DonK
ConCy-DonK

Edit to the last edit: For those that are wondering what the hell i'm on about, I just realized that the comments aren't properly formatted in Firefox. In internet explorer the link appears properly both times, in FF it does't for some bizarre reason.

ConCy-DonK
ConCy-DonK

I think a few people are underestimating the importance of being able to play mods on the PS3. Mods aren't just limited to small changes to the existing game, an entirely new experience can be created. Despite UT3 not even being out yet, there are already 65 mods in production for UT3 (according to this link http://mods.moddb.com/?search=true&=Search&mod=&mf=0&game=169&type=0) and they will all be available for FREE on the PS3. Though anyone can try and make a mod, and as such there is no standard of quality for the work made, many of the mods available today are of a very high quality. There are alot of amateur developers who will put a great deal of effort into a mod, and use it as their "foot in the door" into the gaming industry. The developers of a mod also have a lot more freedom in what they design because they don't have to make something that is "tried and true", that is to say, something that we've seen before and is presumably going to be popular and sell many copies. Some of the most popular games in existence started off as mods, such as counter-strike, day of defeat, or going back even further the original Team Fortress. Those games are MP only, but there are many other mods that either focus on SP or include a mix of both. Ultimately, if a mod was made [for UT3] that turned out to be as popular as Counter-strike, and it was available free to the owners [of UT3], I can see that being highly advantageous for Sony.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

lazerluke is not talking about memory as in HDD guys learn you terms ... memory is RAM .... not HDD space the PS3 has much less than the PC. At the same time it doesn't have windows vista eating away at it either so .... that being said MEMORY = RAM not Hard Drive space learn your terms.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

It is infinitely better than any MP halo can bring to the table, that being said it was originally a PC game and PC FPS tends to be stronger and better than console. Halo is a great FPS for consoles so im not sure how they are going to stack up, but if what they are saying is true for modding ... well Halo is going to be hard pressed to keep up as there is some amazing stuff that has been done with UT in past games ... al le experience and levels with increased stats, invasion where you work together against harder waves of mobs ... wall mod where you can run on walls as if they were the ground ... a bajillion great maps .... i cant imagine what the possibilities will be if this modability is true on the PS3!

RPG_Worshiper
RPG_Worshiper

I've never played an Unreal Tournament game. Is it similar to Halo's multilayer?

Some_One_Plays
Some_One_Plays

The PlayStation 3 can be upgraded and pretty soon making 500GB - 1TB 2.5 SATA Hard Drives. Unlike Microsoft you're able to buy laptop hard drives and put them in the PlayStation 3. This year the highest I think is 350GB 2.5 SATA Hard Drive and will only get bigger each year. So this game will for sure be on in my library for sure and I think the XBOX 360 will be limted, compared to the PlayStation 3's upgrade abilities.

params7
params7

After I'm done with Warhawk, which will take up the entire month of October, I'm going after this... Edit : Oh and btw those who don't know, PS3's hard drive is upgradeable. Any 2.5" hard drive (those used in laptops) will work. They got a 600gb hard drive working on the ps3 within a month of its release.

Kobugodo
Kobugodo

Sonicgod... I wouldn't make fun of console users typing on a gamepad.... hell you have a keyboard and you can't write.

Innglor
Innglor

Lazerluke WTF the ps3 has tiny memory ? WHAT !!! you can just plug a external hard drive if you use all of your 60-80 G of memory ! so wtf

lazerluke
lazerluke

"There won't be any arbitrary limit on what modders can do on the PS3; as long as the mod or level or what-have-you can fit into the PS3's memory". I guess some of these pc mods won't fit onto the PS3's tiny amount of memory. Might be able to fit more onto the 360 version because of UMA.

PelekotansDream
PelekotansDream

Wow now I can get mods on a console, this is pretty awsome. Cant wait.

dragonseer439
dragonseer439

Well Sonicgod I'm an Unreal fan and will be getting it on the PS3, which I run on a monitor, and already have a keyboard and mouse. I don't think the memory will be much of an issue, we'll see how it works out, but they should split servers between controllers and keyboard/mouse, sure. Just don't talk about console users like they are all braindead or something dude, chill out.

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

Have you ever played with a console guy online? Most of them some how managed to get through life with out somebody throwing them used used beat up keyboard.and they do this by pecking out letters with there game pads. I see it happen everyday most of the day. "I dnt got kbrd K" and this will take them over 10 minutes to do. "I gt gamepad it ok" "r, u high level" "how you type so fst? Most console users buying the game at the store will not have these they are to "scary "or they wont have any clue and will try to play with there gamepads because they think they will hit stuff faster. the game has mouse and keyboard support yes the mass of humans using a PS3 to play the game do not support mouse and keyboard. if they have a mouse and keyboard they can stay if not i am going to kick them they will be to easy to kill. If the ps3 can't handle the map with it"s low memory the server will kick them. So like xbox live epic should give ps3 there own servers so it don't spoil it for pc players they run there own servers. later in a Ut games life most all servers play large mods the Ps3 couldnt handle anyway. I still ask why they are doing a console port unreal fans who buy the game will not touch the ps3 version they have PCs.

dragonseer439
dragonseer439

@ Sonicgod You're clueless. The PS3 version will have USB keyboard and mouse control, and will run mods. People without a ninja PC will be better off with the PS3 version.

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

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kobebryantyanic
kobebryantyanic

Did i mention that epic is really pleased with sony's ability to play bluray? That y the next gears of war will be commin to the ps3.

kikkuta
kikkuta

last i heard the ps3 was getting more content than the 360.. because the ps3 runs on bluray, and epic said that they cannot fit all the maps and stuff on the 360-dvds

Myugenjin
Myugenjin

Printice the RSX in PS3 has a 50mhz faster RAMDAC as well as intigrated GS from PS2. It's like having an 7800GTX sli'd with a Geforce4Ti dedicated for speeding along post processing effects without the GPU/Cell having to do it. And no the chip they removed in the newer 80gb PS3 is the Emotion Engine not Graphics Synthesizer! And one more thing Oblivion is a prime example of the PS3 port being graphically better then on the 360.

towely62
towely62

and trizzle get your info right dont sound like an idoit posting false information 360 version is coming out early year of 08 -_-

printice21
printice21

Laser21500 "Gears of War (Unreal Engine 3) In my experience isn't as good looking on the 360, sorry." your comparing a game developed over a year ago to a game in development... Anyways sony had to work work with epic to get unreal engine 3 to even work properly on the ps3, and sure ps3 games are going to look better as time goes by, but they will rarely if ever surpass the same game on the 360, the 360 video card has more horsepower slightly, but more so unless a game was developed directly for the ps3 the 360 version will always have a slight edge. when it comes to graphics.

towely62
towely62

yup Laser is telling the truth ps3 version might be coming out first but 360 and pc versions will have more content

towely62
towely62

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ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

too bad PC can get free updates like they always do so its not like were not going to get the updates and exclusive content as well ... plus we have player created content which is 1000000% better, thing invasion mode with experience and progressive lvls ... cant do that on the 360 ... its been done already on UT2k3 and 2k4

Dualshockin
Dualshockin

"You have to fill up that hard drive somehow" I can't wait to buy UT3 Exclusively on the Ps3 :)

Laser21500
Laser21500

Trizzle: The 360 verison was announced along time ago, its coming to all 3 systems, just search it up here, 360 segment is packed with content. and sorry, the PC version will always be the best. And as more developers get more situated with the PS3, its only a matter of time before the PS3 looks better then the 360. Gears of War (Unreal Engine 3) In my experience isn't as good looking on the 360, sorry. Xander, I'm sorry but your just trying to piss people off.

trizzle_a
trizzle_a

yencanwasu, The 360 version hasn't even been ported yet.

valcrist09
valcrist09

yencanwasu there has been no confirmed screen shots for any system but the PC so dont start making 360 shine over the other two.

yencanwasu
yencanwasu

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XanderZane
XanderZane

I'm wondering what special features Epic will make for the XBox 360 version. Since it's coming out later, that leaves the devs a lot more time to add a LOT more features, maps, weapons and all kinds of other things you won't find in the PS3 and PC versions.

soniqstylz
soniqstylz

Just so you guys know, Epic announced a while ago that PS3 users who want to make mods have to buy the PC version as well. There is no stand-alone tools that would be included with the PS3 version.

PSdual_wielder
PSdual_wielder

I agree with DeltoidRecon, the mod idea is genius. Besides the crazy amount of more maps and game types PS3 owners will play over the 360 version, imagine if someone makes those graphical enhancement mods like the ones people created for oblivion. By all means I think the game already has some of the best graphics ever, but imagine the game looking even better than it already is due to collective talents of the community.

NEWM0N3Y
NEWM0N3Y

halo 3 is way better than this crap

jackle2071
jackle2071

Look out Halo. the king is back!

DeltoidRecon
DeltoidRecon

The mod idea is awesome. Though in the other unreal tournaments, the MODs are always buggy or suck completely. Only like 20% of all the mods are actually worth trying. I mean, people always complain about mods in most games, but when everyone can do it, its like WEEEEeeeee!!! Its stupid." - Warlock WTF mods you've been playing last time you played UT2k4?? Every mod that I played was AA to AAA quality ( I play on Titan servers alot) and never seen a bug yet (been playing for 3 years now)

seangames
seangames

With all the things they're talking about on the PS3 version, I start wondering if the PS3 version could be better than the PC version? That would be weird. Please, Epic, demo any time soon?