It'll be an Unreal Tournament Christmas for PS3 gamers

Just as Unreal Tournament III hits the PC this week, Epic Games announces on its forums that its PlayStation 3 version of the shooter has gone gold – meaning that it is complete and ready for replication.

“We got news last night that Unreal Tournament 3 has been approved by SCEA and has been released to North American manufacturing,” noted Mark Rein of Epic Games on the company’s forums. “Midway has started talking to retailers to figure out exact timing and they will have a formal announcement early next week when everyone is back from the Thanksgiving holiday.”

During Midway Games’ financial update during early October, the games publisher told investors that Unreal Tournament III for the PS3 could slip into 2008. Mark Rein said in a previous story that the development team, however, was still aiming for a release in time for the holidays – and it appears that they were successful.

“My guess is that Midway will start shipping the title to North American retailers on Monday December 10th and it could show up in stores as early as December 11th but more likely toward the middle of that week,” explained Rein. “I think PS3 owners are going to really enjoy UT3 this holiday so make sure you get it on your shopping list.”

So for PC and PS3 gamers, it’ll be an Unreal Tournament III-filled holiday. Xbox 360 gamers, however, will have to wait until next year to get their deathmatch fill, due to Microsoft’s stringent restrictions on content.

“The PS3 is an open system, and they embrace user-created content. But there isn't really a way to do that on the 360,” said Rein in an interview. “So our job, when we finish the PS3 version, and we've taken a little break, is to sit down with Microsoft and to figure out how we can do mods on their system.”

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