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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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By BioRebel on 11/22/2007 12:07:49 PM , Rating: 1
I can't wait to trounce all those consolers on christmas day.
Cross platform and keyboard and mouse FTW!

RE: BWaahahaha!
By R4V3 on 11/22/2007 12:14:39 PM , Rating: 2
The PS3 has keyboard and mouse support as well. As far as I can see, there won't be any advantage to playing on the PC.

RE: BWaahahaha!
By gramboh on 11/22/2007 12:26:39 PM , Rating: 1
On the PC there will likely be a higher degree of settings customization, both video/FOV (maybe console will have this, who knows) as well as (more importantly) mouse sensitivity and acceleration settings.

I thought I remember reading that cross platform was removed from UT3? That was the only reason I wanted to buy it.

RE: BWaahahaha!
By BladeVenom on 11/22/2007 7:27:58 PM , Rating: 2
Last thing I read was that there was no cross platform play. The reason Epic gave was that patch approval takes a lot longer on the PS3 so the PC and PS3 version would be out of sync. They said later on they might add cross platform play.

RE: BWaahahaha!
By deeznuts on 11/23/2007 1:58:38 PM , Rating: 2
Are you sure that's the only reason? I thought I read Rein/Epic mentioning the PS3 version will be a tiny bit slower to compensate for the controller. This would inhibit cross-platform play as well.

RE: BWaahahaha!
By 3kliksphilip on 11/22/2007 12:27:24 PM , Rating: 2
...although on the PC you can download cheats and hacks a lot easier.

I'm more of a Counter Strike person myself and do not approve of hacking. 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.

RE: BWaahahaha!
By Chris Peredun on 11/22/2007 1:26:59 PM , Rating: 3
...although on the PC you can download cheats and hacks a lot easier.

Very true. Hacking console games isn't impossible, it's just harder. And you run the risk of having the hardware banned, not just the CD-key. ;)

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.

As far as I've tested, anything that presents itself as a USB HID (Human Interface Device) to the PS3 will work. I believe that up to five buttons and a scroll wheel will map - I haven't got anything that sports more buttons.

You may even be able to use the on-the-fly sensitivity changing, since I believe that's built into the hardware of the Razer itself. (I don't own one personally.)

With respect to cross-platform play, I'm unsure about it - I read a report that the PS3 version of the game had been "slowed down" slightly to allow the gamepad users a fairer shot at some of the more twitch-intensive sections. This may break cross-platform completely, or just necessitate an option in the server config that says "Run at PC speed / Run at PS3 speed"

RE: BWaahahaha!
By mmntech on 11/22/2007 12:35:59 PM , Rating: 2
Modding is one of the primary advantages of gaming on PC. There's a lot of older games I would have stopped playing long ago if there wasn't a strong modding community.

R3V3 is correct, the PS3 supports most USB keyboards and mice natively. The Wii and 360 do as well. I've never tried using one for gaming on the PS3 though there's nothing that says they can't be.

I might pick up the PS3 version of UT3 when it comes out. I'm holding off on PC games until the 8800GT's price drops below $200.

RE: BWaahahaha!
By BZDTemp on 11/22/2007 2:20:43 PM , Rating: 2
Supposedly Epic has made the PS3 UT3 so that it will support mods (Yes - even the free ones)!

And as for mouse/keyboard settings mentioned elsewhere I would be surprised if tweaking of those are not supported.

RE: BWaahahaha!
By BioRebel on 11/22/07, Rating: 0
RE: BWaahahaha!
By ArneBjarne on 11/22/2007 4:40:56 PM , Rating: 2
They do work in games, but it is entirely up to the game developers whether or not they want to support it. Epic have said that UT3 on the PS3 will:

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.

RE: BWaahahaha!
By NoSoftwarePatents on 11/22/2007 11:38:13 PM , Rating: 2
Linux support is on the PC version.

RE: BWaahahaha!
By BioRebel on 11/23/2007 12:25:22 AM , Rating: 2
So then all I have left to tout is superior resolutions, graphics, better framerates, and a dev kit? Ahh well.. I'l just make sure to not hit that 'convert to ps3' button, or make 'pc only' play a default setting in my mod.

They need to complete the PC version first
By phatboye on 11/22/2007 2:22:37 PM , Rating: 2
I never expected the retail version of UT3 to be without flaws but this is ridiculous. Anyone who bought the retail version of UT3 knows what I am talking about, the game is totally unfinished. No copy/paste functionality, no saving favorite servers, bugs with joining servers (esp IG servers it's almost impossible to play IG), no server web admin there are so many bugys/problems with this release that I could go on for days writing about them.

Anyone thinking of buying ut3 for the PC I would highly suggest waiting till Epic releases patches to the game first. (I hear a few patches should be released sometime early next month).

By Dribble on 11/23/2007 5:08:22 AM , Rating: 2
I agree the games got problems - that said it still works much better then any unpatched battlefield game I have ever bought.

FYi first beta patch for client is out now if you know where to find it - doesn't fix everything but it's getting better.

The web admin should be in the first server patch.

By retrospooty on 11/23/2007 10:08:42 PM , Rating: 2
Changelist for 1st patch... its quite large.

Mark Rein
By BansheeX on 11/22/2007 3:13:23 PM , Rating: 2
You know, I have to hand it to the people at Epic and Bethesda for looking at the PS3 as a great platform for their games. Unlike Valve, these traditional PC game developers embraced its strengths and took the time and effort to do solid, profitable ports. According to the latest previews, it looks like Valve's handing off of The Orange Box to EA monkeys for the PS3 has gone very poorly, and I will have to get the PC version of the game. Looks like the real waste of time was listening to Gabe Newell's incessant whining as he brushed crumbs of donut off his shirt.

RE: Mark Rein
By thebrown13 on 11/22/07, Rating: -1
RE: Mark Rein
By BansheeX on 11/22/07, Rating: -1
RE: Mark Rein
By goatfajitas on 11/22/2007 10:16:25 PM , Rating: 1
"By the way, that was already posted in this thread before you even responded, so thank you for wasting my time reposting it. Anyone else want to whine and waste smart, hard-working people's time? "

What a giant head case. Get a life, and a clue while you're at it.

RE: Mark Rein
By Bigjee on 11/22/2007 7:35:09 PM , Rating: 2

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.

Well an elite group of 'mouse users' (95% of the owners of UT3 will not fall into this category) will trounce anyone into the ground regardless of what platform; PS3 or PC.

So when you say
PS3 is a waste of time.

All i can say is "your post is a waste of space"

The PS3 supports a mouse and keyboard so it shudn't be totally different from the PC and the advantage is
getting more people to play together which is the whole point of a multi player game. Allowing users of both platforms to play together is a good step forward. Bringing gamers together like this is pretty admirable.

RE: Mark Rein
By overzealot on 11/26/2007 10:36:54 AM , Rating: 2
The problem with porting the Orange Box to PS3 is that Valve only has a VERY small number of coders. They get by because they specialise, and can re-use their code later. Code written for the PS3 is only useful on the PS3 (if you want to take advantage of Cell), so they left it to a 3rd party who have a lot more coders and experience in writing PS3 games.
Sounds like a solid decision to me. They wouldn't have a PS3 port done by now anyway if they'd done it inhouse, either - it would have simply further delayed the PC and X360 releases, or not done any of the follow-up fixes to netcode, maps etc.

Even though
By BigToque on 11/22/2007 12:39:16 PM , Rating: 2
Even though I don't own a PS3 or a PC powerful enough to play UT3, I'm still excited. UT has always been one of my favorite games! :)

RE: Even though
By ghost101 on 11/22/2007 12:53:47 PM , Rating: 2
You really dont need a beast to play UT3.

Logitech G5 mouse.
By gus6464 on 11/22/2007 3:50:08 PM , Rating: 2
I have a logitech G5 mouse and it works like a charm on my ps3. The DPI setting is hardware based in the mouse so no need for software to game at 2000dpi. I even hooked up my Zboard Fang to it and it also recognizes the main buttons too.

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