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

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.