Unreal Tournament 3 November release uncertain

Epic Games president Mark Rein open to the possibility that his company's upcoming PS3 and PC shooter will slip from its intended release window.

Benjamin Franklin once said that in life, only two things are certain: death and taxes. For a while, it seemed the November release of Unreal Tournament 3 was also assured. In its most recent bout of press releases, publisher Midway said the game would definitely ship for the PC and PlayStation 3 during the month.

Now that November window appears to have been opened up. In a thread on Epic Games' official forums, a poster asked about the authenticity of a German site's countdown timer to the release of Unreal Tournament 3. But before the forumgoers could make their time-off requests at work, Epic vice president Mark Rein tempered the midnight release launch party plans.

"We do not know exactly when the game will be completed," Rein wrote. "All we've said is that we're hoping for a November release, but as you know we value getting it right over getting it right now, so there's no guarantee of that."

While the PS3 and PC versions of Unreal Tournament 3 remain tentatively scheduled for a November release, the Xbox 360 edition will trail in "early 2008."

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bobgeoman
bobgeoman

for all delays blaim ps3.for all things that will go wrong blaim ps3.

d00blet
d00blet

As long as it comes out, then thats all that matters. Just make a good game and we'll be happy.

xXrebel666Xx
xXrebel666Xx

I'd rather them make it a really killer game then pop it out as quick as they can. On top of that Epic have a lot of reputation at stake with all the previous unreal titles as well as GoW, wouldn't want to take a step back now.

Jlobel
Jlobel

honestly as long as they dont release it without it being finished, its not like its being delayed 5 months, if we had to wait another month it would be just as fine, as long as we get a demo 1-2 months before i am happy

fizzlegloop
fizzlegloop

I need it to come out before November 30th so I can get it for my birthday for free so I dont need to pay for it. However if it comes out before Christmas that would be good too. Right now I can live with just playing with UT2004 with all the mutators and mods I downloaded I will be set for a while.

Buffalo_Soulja
Buffalo_Soulja

If it comes to PC before Christmas I'd be satisfied.

hellhound1345
hellhound1345

Okassar. That is the most rediculous theory ive heard. why is it 360 owners bag out ps3 so much? I think they have to tame it down for the 360 because its still using dvd. I mean, sure enough, at the moment, 360 does have alot more games, probably it came out a year before playstation 3. And sure some 360 games may have better visuals. But then again, PS3 is only new, developers havnt grasped the full potential of its power yet. You cant deny, that Hardware wise, PS3 is much more superior Console. I mean, 360 have to bring out a second edition of their console, to fix all the previous problems they had, and threw in a bigger HD, cause the sony's was bigger. So please stop your stupid assumtions.

williamjuly2004
williamjuly2004

Lol I am going to go pray to god right now for on time Unreal tourament must have for my PS3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PS: I am atheist

okassar
okassar

Lol,Epic probably figured that 360 is getting to many games this Fall so early '08 will be good and they might as well take Sony's bribes if they still win on the 360 doing so:)Really,who's going to buy UTIII even if Halo 3 was the only thing they buy this coming Fall anyway?And I'm guessing each 360 owners will get atleast 3 @$#%$%#@ game(as I would,more than that is great but I don't want to go broke).So many choices,I know I want Halo 3,a big chance of buying Assassin's Creed,and I might feel safe buying Mass Effect.So overall,because of all the amazing games coming to the 360 this Fall,moving to early '08 and taking Sony's bribes(I know things you don't know:p)was a good move!

knicknut17
knicknut17

I would like this game to come out in November, but won't be too sad if it is delayed. There are a ton of good PS3 games coming out this November (Army of Two, Assassins Creed, and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune) and I don't have the $$ to get them all. A delay might actually benefit me...

NitemareDragon
NitemareDragon

Man...that's a shame, but as long as they are imporving it, and not tempting us. :P

Homerj
Homerj

Unless I have missed something, Ubi has never confirmed that Haze has been CANCELED for PC/360. The statements I have heard from the publisher is that no other platforms are yet CONFIRMED. Why would a company throw away nearly complete (QA not yet done) versions for consoles that have orders of magnitude greater market share and have a much higher game to console sell through? Makes no business sense (unless of course it flops on PS3 like Madden 08..then they might as well pack it in). A question: where has it been stated by Epic that the PC/360 version will be throttled to 30fps? I really doubt that zeppilin would fly with the PC crowd especially....kind of setting themselves up for a public drubbing if its true.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Delay it as long as necessary (well, within reason) -- I'd rather wait for a perfect update to the perfect shooter series than a lackluster version awaiting patches. As a series-long player, I'll wait for solid product.

Ylonad
Ylonad

Homerj , HAZE is only for ps3 and there are no plans for a 360/PC release and unreal for PS3 and 360 will run at 30 frames

Homerj
Homerj

@Yuck_Too Thats precisely why Haze is going to PS3 first...guaranteed revenue from timed exclusivity deal plus no major releases on compete with on that platform. The only thing that will screw either of these developers is if they get in a rush and release before they get it running right on the PS3. If the Sony fanboy hype stays high for these two, it will be the best advertising when they release to PC/360 where they can get the large sales figures. If they turn out like Madden 08....then they can pretty much kiss their real revenue streams goodbye..they'll just have to be happy with the money they got for the exclusivity deal.

TheBrokenNinja
TheBrokenNinja

ahhhh i need a new online shooter and this game will be insane, i hope it comes out before the year is over!

xXx_Phenix_xXx
xXx_Phenix_xXx

damn! i've been waiting for this game for about a year or more now. but i'd rather have it later than never. and if releasing it in november means messing up some stuff in the game, i think i can wait. besides, there's still lots of other games comming out.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

As far as all the talk of who paid who for exclusivity my bet is this. Developers have limited budgets and resources, with all the titles and FPS coming out for the 360 in the next couple of months why not focus on the PS3 which has a much less competitive market during the same timeframe.

Then after the dust settles move those resources back and release Q1-2 of '08 for the 360. Business wise that's a solid plan.

wars45
wars45

i want the game in nov dam it

mojahid_1st
mojahid_1st

eric7233 homer , you dont know what you are talking about.. the xbox version was started much later then the ps3/pc version and thats the reason it is releasing later. The exclusivity deal is off .. epic shut the deal down because they will make more money not being exclusive than what sony can offer them to make it exclusive. The xbox version will still release later though because epic doesnt release unfinished or unperfected games( and god loves em for it) Bottom line regarding the postponement though.. I'm all for it it ... id rather wait an extra year to play a completed and perfected game then a "almost done .mostly polished game" _____ Actually, PS3 won a period of exclusivity from Epic for this game. Both the 360 and PS3 versions were announced at the same time, i think the 360 version may have started before the PS3.

eric7233
eric7233

homer , you dont know what you are talking about.. the xbox version was started much later then the ps3/pc version and thats the reason it is releasing later. The exclusivity deal is off .. epic shut the deal down because they will make more money not being exclusive than what sony can offer them to make it exclusive. The xbox version will still release later though because epic doesnt release unfinished or unperfected games( and god loves em for it) Bottom line regarding the postponement though.. I'm all for it it ... id rather wait an extra year to play a completed and perfected game then a "almost done .mostly polished game"

dragonpuppy
dragonpuppy

Irve, it's obvious that you didn't read anything in really my post. Oh well...what can you expect from a that doesn't read? Do you understand the word "most?" Don't get your panties in a bunch Irve. I will, however, acknowledge a fault for not reading the word "currently."

Neo1O1
Neo1O1

I'm looking forward to this game. The possible delay is a real setback.

Homerj
Homerj

As Sony has paid massive amounts of money for a timed exclusive deal, any delay for the PS3 will result in an equal delay for the other versions. PC version will not ship until the PS3 one does, and the 360 will follow in exactly the number of months stipulated by the timed exclusivity contract (looks like 3 months by the previous release dates).

AdmiralDan
AdmiralDan

plain and simple, gan283, leave if this site makes you sick. no one will miss you.

ocdog45
ocdog45

this is bull, they better get it right

m14c79
m14c79

If this game doesn't make it this year, we shall all thank Sony. Thanks for getting the game delayed so it releases along side the 360 version. cool.

gan283
gan283

Well since Gamespot editors won't update this, then you should all know, espcially those crying about how much the PS3 sucks, that Mark Rein has confirmed that UT3 for the PS3 is still on track for it's November release. So if you get your game news only here, then you should be ashamed of that, and then you need to find the site that debunks a rumor that never was really a rumor, it starts with Gamesindustry.biz. The rampant fanboyism on this site makes me sick, it's not like this anywhere but here, pathetic.

thatguy0130
thatguy0130

I played the first Unreal Tournament for PC, it was alright...

dillon_o4
dillon_o4

LOL GOTY for PS3 will be Lair ahahaha

uberjannie
uberjannie

Yes! Clan TILBO is going for a comeback =)

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

im getting it for pc first and then either ps3 or 360 in february when i found out which is better of the two. now i have to upgrade my comp to max thsi beauty out on my 30 inch:P

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

That wouldn't be good for the PS3 if it were pushed back to 08...

215np
215np

Snovious said "the PS3 is now 2 for 2 on screwing up decent game releases. Now that piece of garbage is ruining other machines. What a black hole that thing is. Stop supporting it people it's ridiculous." First of all how do you know that they might push it back because of the ps3 and 360 dosen I think you got it backwards, the 360 is a piece of crap and the 360 is screwing up multiplatform games because of the DVD format of the 360 and last it dosen't come out for your crappy 360 until 08 so it does affect you anyway, so if anything the 360 is a black hole

Oni
Oni

Here's me trying to "fit in" with all you fanboys. Oh what the..? UT3 for PS3 delayed = flop. Sheesh PS3 totaly sucks blah blah blah. 360 is better Bla bla bla bla. PS3 is doomed now blah blah blah. Halo3, Halo3, Halo3 etc etc etc. PS3 cost too much blah blah blah. uh .. Halo 3!! Did I do it right? ....... no? What am I missing? .... Oh I see, it's because I didn't continue on and write a 5 page report on why PS3 sucks and 360 is superior to it in every way? Ahhh ..well, I'm not gonna do that sowwy. :)

577ffdds
577ffdds

It's not about getting it right... I mean for the sake of argument they shouldn't get our hopes up if it's not going to be out. The game should be right and should take all the time it needs to get it right bu at least give us reasonable dates and at most most a one or two week delay, not a 1+ months delay.

digi_dragon324
digi_dragon324

uhhh... all the UT's have sucked since the first two. i'm really not caring/ waiting for this game to come out. **** go something good with this game first.

Irve
Irve

dragonpuppy , carljohnson3456, The last time i checked neither FF13 or MGS4 are out anytime soon .. but there you go. but the point is fairly valid .. with a couple of exceptions ( darkness for one ) MOST ps3 third party games are shabby , inferior ports of the 360 version ... at the moment development will lead on 360 and PC and then transfered to the ps3 ... But you don't need to get your panties in a twist over that just give it time and it won't be the case.

qbell
qbell

"PLAY B3HIND""

dragonpuppy
dragonpuppy

mjwickstrom1, the Xbox360 version of UT3 is slated to sometime early 2008.

SneakyB986
SneakyB986

If Epic does not release this game by the end of the year Im gonna take Mark Rein's throat and put it in my hands and squeeze until his face goes lifeless! Then Ill still be mad...and ill do the same to his pet cat and tell him thats for creating onslaught.

fartys
fartys

stop wasting time reporting bad news and get on with making the game then! If this isnt waiting for me at christmas i will be so peeved! GRRR

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

RUT-ROH!! Man, if this doesn't get released by the end of this year, that will be a KILLER for the PS3. Pc gamers will have rysis, but us PS3 owners would be in for a big letdown.

carljohnson3456
carljohnson3456

Homerj, I just got done reading your last post, and "I am shocked... absolutely shocked" that you typed out that entire post thinking you were absolutely correct about everything you said. First off, the PS3 has alot of AAA potential games coming out this season... just the way UT3 is an AAA potential game, but it's not certain yet. Also, like Dragonpuppy already pointed out, you were wrong about "all third party games are 360 ports".

dragonpuppy
dragonpuppy

Homerj, I think you need to rewrite your sentences so that people don't get the wrong idea. Not ANYTHING third party for the PS3 is, by DEFINITION, a port. Last I checked, Final Fantasy XIII and Metal Gear Solid 4 aren't being made for the Xbox360. I think your sentence needs to read, "Most third party MULTI PLATFORM games for the PS3 are ports."

SaintRasmus
SaintRasmus

I can wait, because there is coming so many other games out in Nov.