Universe at War to rage across PC, 360

Petroglyph and Sega's sci-fi RTS to allow cross-platform interstellar combat this fall.

When Shadowrun shipped for both the Xbox 360 and PC this month, the chasm separating console and PC gamers was at last traversed. For the first time, system warriors could frag each other in the same game irrespective of their platform. Today, Sega sends word that it too will participate in Microsoft's cross-platform initiative Games for Windows - Live with its upcoming real-time strategy game, Universe at War: Earth Assault.

To accommodate the commingling, developer Petroglyph will be implementing a variety of modes and gameplay balances. These multiplayer modes include the persistent-style conquer the world mode, where players compete in an ongoing struggle for complete control of Earth. And as with other Live games, Universe at War will feature achievement points, as well as other rewards and medals.

Universe at War: Earth Assault is slated for an October 2007 launch on the PC, but 360 owners won't be able to join the fray until the first quarter of next year. Check out GameSpot's previous coverage for more details on the game.

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HissingNewt
HissingNewt

So many people complaining about Vista. Do you people really know what you're talking about with it? I've used it and it was fine. The 360 is also a good system for gaming and make sure you've tried one at more than a store before you bash it. Those demos usually suck.

geelw
geelw

ummm... WAY off topic, but... didn't red faction 2 for the ps2 support a USB keyboard and mouse way back in 2000-oatcake or whenever? it's not impossible for developers to implement the k/m system at all, it just seems that yes, console games are going to appeal to controller-based inputs and people sitting 8 feet away from a screen while pc gaming will stick to control fluidity and eyeball frying up close & personal monitor play. some people wouldn't play a rts or fps without a keyboard or mouse and hell, platformers of action games on pc without a control pad are often insanely hard to play.

combat1818
combat1818

of course you do---why overclock a processor that doesnt need overclocking? and why pair it with such slow memory? (for a 6800)

evolucid
evolucid

Well, I have an absolute top-of-the-line rig: ASUS Striker Extreme Motherboard Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (OC'ed) 4GB Patriot PC2-6400 800MHz Memory (OC'ed - weakest point in rig) (2x) BFG 8800 GTX 768mb Video Cards (SLI) (2x) Western Digital Raptor ADFD 150gb 10,000rpm (Raid 0) Plus TEC Cooling, PSU, Raid 5 Storage Drives, Dell 24" LCD, etc... And I still prefer my 360 for many games that are available on both. I also have a PS3 and Wii. The Wii is nice for when non-gamers come over, but most of the Novelty has worn off. The name is still unforgivable, Nintendo. I can't call anyone to come and play my Wii. Come on. My PS3 is a big, expensive paperweight until some worthwhile PS3 exclusives come out. Sorry fanboys, that's just the objective truth. If I couldn't blow money on both, there's no possible way I'd choose the PS3. I still have hope that it will grow into its own and give me a reason for having bought it, but Resistance was not it.

Deihmos
Deihmos

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combat1818
combat1818

well humourguy i use vista . dont bother with old hat xp anymore.and i love it.cant find a single thing to moan about.and as for MSOFT using vista to switch pc gamers to xbox..nah i dont think so.coz unless you can rip out the 360s gfx chip every couple of years then im not interested.as neither will any other pc gamer.(unless of course they have a 4 yr old rig-where they would be better off gettin a console-but then again they would be even better off upgrading there pcs--NO MATTER WHAT THE COST--but then again they never were true pc gamers with 4yr old rigs in the first place are they?)....AND ON A FINAL NOTE-----MODERATORS GET REAL WILL YOU!--HAS GAMESPOT BECOME SO FACIST AND POLITICALY INCORRECT ,THAT IT NOW FEELS THE NEED TO CENSOR--AND PUNISH PEOPLE WHO CAN AFFORD TO SPEND A COUPLE OF THOUSANDS OF POUND EVERY 2 YEARS ON BUILDING THERE OWN PC GAMING RIG--JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE ELSE CANT AND THEY FEEL JEALOUS OF THE FACT (you know who you are)..GROW UP MODERATORS..SINCE WHEN IS THE FACT ,THAT I AM ABLE TO DO THIS AND SOMEONE ELSE ISNT ,AGAINST GAMESPOTS T.O.C?---IT ISNT, YET SOMEONE WHO CANT AFFORD WHAT I CAN ,COMPLAINS ABOUT IT ,AND I GET MODERATED---WELL I SAY IF THERE IS ANYONE ON HERE WHO CAN AFFORD £3000 EVERY 2 YEARS ON BUILDING THERE OWN PCS ,I WANT THEM MODERATING COS THEY CAN AFFORD IT AND I CANT..so like i said in an earlier post, if this is how console gamers act online (LIKE SPOILT JEALOUS CHILDREN THROWING TANTRUMS) then i wouldnt want to beat there patheticaly child like asses online anyway---(THEY'D PROBABLY GET ANY PC GAMER WHO MENTIONED WINNING A CONSOLE GAMER ,MODERATED ANYWAY)-------IVE CHANGED MY MIND--I COULDNT THINK OF ANYTHING AS SICKENING AS CONSOLE GAMERS ENCROACHING INTO PC GAMER TERRITORY

iuns
iuns

great stuff !

Megaflare252
Megaflare252

I'm glad to see other publishers embracing the idea of cross platform games. Although I wasn't too happy to see Shadowrun as a Vista exclusive. Vista can barely stand on its own as it is. I don't think they deserve a really good exclusive game just yet.

Megaflare252
Megaflare252

I cant wait for this game to come out. I am really glad to see other publishers embracing the cross platform games

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

@ Humorguy_basic: Microsoft wants to bring PC gamers to the Xbox, and yet they made PC gamers hate "Games for Windows - Live" now. As much it is not really accurate but still accurate in some point, Valve's System Specs Survey (a survey where it's not the user that states what he/she has in their machines but data sent to) states that only around 6% of the Steam users/PC gamers have Vista to date. http://www.steampowered.com/status/survey.html

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Vista is the final nail in PC gaming, as is this 'traversing' of 360 and Windows. It is done to dilute PC gaming and not for anything else. It is to advertise X-Box gaming to PC gamers to bring them across. Hence the demand that Games for Windows must be compatible with the 360 gamepad. There is a conspiracy afoot here, and it's between Microsoft and the gaming media. It's why you can't find PC game charts any more (at least not easily) while the 'multi-format' charts proliferate.

RTSFanatic
RTSFanatic

IGN has confirmed a couple things in their latest preview. First, UAW is the first LIVE enabled game for Windows XP. Second, the PC controls are far from dumbed down. All the work is being done on the console side to make it control scheme fun to use. This is looking very promising indeed. Looks like PC players, with all there hotkeys and mouse, will have to bow their heads in shame if they get beat by a console user. LOL@

mismajor99
mismajor99

McGregor, I would have to agree wholeheartedly. That's one of the main reasons I still stick to PC gaming, although I do enjoy the freedom of building my own rig and the types of games on PC, but nevertheless, I would be one happy sob if someone actually implemented a game board for console. A controller just doesn't cut if for a lot of people, and it would be sure to draw many PC Gamers to whatever platform decides to do it. The reason I think they haven't is simple, they want a level playing field for everyone, and they don't want some players using a Mouse and another using an analog stick. But, if they made the new control scheme mandatory for a game here and there, ie...an FPS for example, I think it could work no problem. I see enough people asking for it, yet no go.

TheC0m1ssar
TheC0m1ssar

Another game, but still not enough for me to transit to Vista.

McGregor
McGregor

I think microsoft just needs to make a mouse and "game board" for the 360, that way it's not a home computer, it's still a gaming console. then they are open to all sorts of titles. i think the first console to do that will start dominating all gaming platforms. the only reason i still use my computer is because of a mouse and keyboard. my xbox would replace it so fast because of reduced costs of upgrades etc...my computer would be a web browsing paperweight! then they just need to bring WoW to the xbox! win! To clarify what a "Game Board" is; I would use a keyboard style device that doesn't have any letters, just buttons that are pre mapped, or that you can map yourself (forward, back, strafe left, strafe right for example). belkin made a device like this. but if it had a few hot keys, maybe the numbers 1-7 and a "ctrl" key this would work out great. if that makes any sense at all.

own1xon
own1xon

Dark_Nexus3367 Game devs dont care if the pc is better, for whatever reason(graphics or controls). If they can make a game for a console and sell it, they have reached their goal.

Dark_Nexus3367
Dark_Nexus3367

I think everyone who posted before me has good points, especially about the controls for the game on the consoles.I feel that developers should leave out cross platform play when it comes to RTS games, FPS games can still be on consoles, as long as they give the option to turn off auto aim, i played COD 2 on both PC and 360 and the auto aim on 360 was bothersome, It might be more challenging without auto aim on a console FPS,but i believe the option to turn it on or off would be useful.PC will always be better for RTS and FPS games, and the playing field is never going to be level without ruining the controls for either platform.

Pothy
Pothy

maybe, instead of ruining the pc controls, they could do something to make consoles fit to play rts's.

abw1977
abw1977

I'm not sure playing a RTS game on a console against someone with a PC (mouse + keyboard) is my idea of fun... Add in the fact that the PC user is going to have 4 extra months to get a chance to figure out all of the game's nuances and I think I

Jurgatha
Jurgatha

I think you guys are missing the point. This give people who enjoy one or the other the option to play with each other. Instead of worrying about which one is "better" we can play which version we want and still be able to hook up with our friends on the other, and I think that is great.

mismajor99
mismajor99

combat1818, you hit on many good points within your post. I do not like the idea that the perfect control scheme for RTS, the mouse and keyboard, will have to be gimped in order to have a level playing field. People forget that the RTS and FPS genre were created around the mouse and keyboard, simple as that, just like platformers and sports were designed around a controller. This is total BS. I like my console games too, but who ever asked for this crossplatform play? This is nonsense. Let's try out crossplatform games that don't have to sacrifice one control scheme over the other. RTS and FPS just will not work, as the Mouse and Keyboard is much more versatile. For proof, just look at Shadowrun and what they did to the PC controls. It plays like a console game, and Shawn Elliot, the editor from GFW Magazine came out and said it right away, so no BS on this one. Games like platformers, sports, racing, casual etc.etc..should go crossplatform, not traditional PC genres like FPS and RTS. Console gamers wouldn't appreciate their control scheme taking a back seat to PC players, would they ? I don't think so.

djc509
djc509

another rts for the 360 great

Skat137321
Skat137321

playing a FPS with a controller just makes you see the FPS with other eyes...it's a nice experience, but if you want performance mouse+keyboard is the solution

team_steve
team_steve

I've not seen a keyboard and mouse for a console yet. It's a shame because if one was available then RTS and FPS would be much better and I'd buy the console. I'll never believe a game pad can be better than a mouse and keys for these types of games. However, driving and fighting - gamepad everytime. combat1818 WHATS WITH THE CAPS - I agreed with your comment on plodding FPS on console, but since then you've come out with some rubbish.

e1337prodigy
e1337prodigy

Can't you get USB keyboard and USB mouse for the 360?

imthelumberjack
imthelumberjack

Unless they find a way to mess up mouse control so that the PC becomes near impossible to control.

HYP3RD4SH_666
HYP3RD4SH_666

Dude no. Just no. I play PC and 360 and I Know FOR A FACT that in RTS games the mouse gives you WAY more of an advantage then a controller. I will be very surprised if there isn't a huge advantage when the game ships.

Dark_Nexus3367
Dark_Nexus3367

Also, since i forgot to address the game they were talking about, I am very interested in it but I believe it that it may fall short of the standard other games like it have set (Civilization, Age of Empires,C&C) but it may be a good play for a little bit.

Dark_Nexus3367
Dark_Nexus3367

First off, combat1818, there's something called spell check, you should try it. Secondly, if you took the time to write an intelligent statement you would type with patience rather than saying immature responses to other people. Third, everyone has their own preference and of course rivalries will spark, but at least if you are going to argue make valid points (talking to 360 and ps3 fanboys not you combat). I own all 3 systems as well as game on my PC so a fanboy I am not, I'm just a gamer who enjoys playing the best games on each platform. And fourth, immature gamers are everywhere, though the majority do play on xbox live, but i ignore those losers. As for my opinion about the whole console Vs. pc thing, I believe each system has strengths and weaknesses, so while the pc is technically superior to a console and FPS and RTS games are more suited for it, the consoles have a larger variety of good games, (racing,fighting,sports,action,rpgs, etc.) but then again its up to the developers to optimize their game for each platform, not just the specs of a system.

combat1818
combat1818

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azizrulez
azizrulez

never heard of it and am not bothered to try it as well, unless it scores heavily which i doubt is going to happen

combat1818
combat1818

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bigmick07
bigmick07

never been a big fan of any strategy game like this. pass.

TheDeceitful
TheDeceitful

Then humor needs to be placed as humor and not flaming. Whatever happened to respect thy fellow peers? Or do you find solace in lowering yourself to their level?

combat1818
combat1818

joke im a mature gamer-----has this world got so insane and hate filled that people take offence of everything--even humour?

TheDeceitful
TheDeceitful

[quote] combat1818: BET CONSOLE GAMERS LIKE TO POST MSGS WITH A GAMEPAD ASWELL..I HAVE ALWAYS WONDERED WHY THEY ARE SO SLOW TO REPLY? [/quote] That's where your wrong. Both 360 and PS3 support a keyboard for text only. It's the users choice whether or not they want to buy a keyboard specifically for their console or export it from their computer every time. Broadband gaming is not a fad. If it is then it's the longest fad running strong 10+ years. Why can't you take people's opinions for what they are....their own choice and conviction set abroad by their own free will. Not being force fed consumerism like you.

FearNinja
FearNinja

Combat1818 I cannot believe you said that broadband is a fad. Ummmm..........NO.

TheDeceitful
TheDeceitful

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combat1818
combat1818

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combat1818
combat1818

well it seems as though i have upset some console gamers enough for them to have one of my msgs deleted--i am very sorry--but let me give you some advice which you can take or dissmiss or even argue--IF THIS IS HOW YOU ACT ONLINE AND CANT TAKE A BEATING--THEN FORGET CROSS PLATFORM GAMING WITH PCs COZ THERE WILL BE A LOT OF CONSOLE LOSERS--UNLESS OF COURSE THEY GIVE CONSOLE GAMERS AN ADVANTAGE BY GIVING PC GAMERS A DISADVANTAGE--(c'mon guys DEUS X2?rubbishy controls---HALO?rubbishy controls---HALO 2/even more rubbishy controls .terrible absoloutley terrible___on the pc when compared to fear or doom or far cry or nearly any other pc fps) so once again i appolagise from the bottom of my heart if i have made you upset

combat1818
combat1818

BET CONSOLE GAMERS LIKE TO POST MSGS WITH A GAMEPAD ASWELL..I HAVE ALWAYS WONDERED WHY THEY ARE SO SLOW TO REPLY?

combat1818
combat1818

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Riddick123
Riddick123

I ENJOY TYPING IN ALL CAPS AND YELLING AT PEOPLE AS WELL COMBAT1818

combat1818
combat1818

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combat1818
combat1818

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StonyShred420
StonyShred420

See its things like this, shows why Microsoft kicks @$$. Cross-platform gaming is the best thing to happen to the gaming world. Prime example, i have a buddy who will probably not get a Xbox 360, but he already has no problem buying an Xbox Live account to play the cross-platform games. Ultimatly, it makes it so you can play with more people and more of your friends.

combat1818
combat1818

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combat1818
combat1818

and whoever said "most common denominator"STFU for the last 7 years pc games have been designed to be scalable==i find this to be true..i update my hardware every 2 years..and always purchase a mid price processor--and nvidias flagship (if need be) card £500..or £250 a year or in other words 10 PS3 games or 12xbox360 games...pc games avg 10 games online £250..but we all know they can be bought for a packet of blank discs and a dvd/cd burner----ALTHOUGH THIS PIRACY AND IS ILLEGAL SO SHOULD NOT BE DONE EVEN IF IT IS PIRATED CONSOLE GAMES ASWELL