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
“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.”
quote: ...although on the PC you can download cheats and hacks a lot easier.
quote: Can you use any keyboard and mouse with a PS3, or do you have to stick with the PS3-style version? Razer Copperhead for the win.
quote: I checked with Steve Polge and he said that YES we are supporting keyboard and mouse in Unreal Tournament 3 on PS3. He is confident we are doing it in a way that will be balanced without feeling "gimped" for either side. We'll also allow people to choose whether or not they want to allow mixed controller vs. keyboard/mouse games or not.
quote: No, an elite group of mouse users will stomp anyone who uses a controller into the ground. If I'm using a console, I expect to be on even ground from the couch.
quote: PS3 is a waste of time.