During Sony's E3 press event this morning, the company announced that both Epic's Unreal Tournament 3 (PC, PS3, X360) and Free Radical Design's shooter Haze will be console exclusives on the PlayStation 3 this year. The two titles will be debuting on the system this November. The exclusivity does not apply to the PC, as Unreal Tournament 3 will be released concurrently on the PS3 and PC.
In regards to the deal, Epic's Mark Rein was adamant that no back-alley deals were stuck with Sony to secure the release of Unreal Tournament 3 the PS3 ahead of the Xbox 360 version.
"There's nothing sinister about it. It's just the PS3 and PC version of the games are compatible, because Sony has an open-source platform," Rein said, according to Gamespot.
SCEA also announced a deal with both Midway and Epic to optimize the Unreal Engine 3 for use on the PlayStation 3. The agreement will affect all games in development that use the engine.