E3 07: Unreal Tournament 3 and Haze Exclusively on PS3 Console for 2007

By Nick Breckon, Jul 11, 2007 12:37pm PDT Console fans looking to play the next entry in Epic Games' multiplayer shooter series will need to wait until 2008, unless they own a PlayStation 3.

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.

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