Despite appearing for some considerable time as a console exclusive on the PlayStation 3, it now looks as though the Xbox 360 will get the game first.
According to new information released today from Midway, Unreal Tournament 3 (formerly Unreal Tournament 2007) will be released in the second half of 2007 for PC and Xbox 360. PlayStation 3 owners will have to wait until 2008.
A midway rep has confirmed to Pro-G that this is not a mistake and is the latest information they have on the game's release.
Should Unreal Tournament 3 end up as a timed console exclusive on the Xbox 360, it would be great boost in its efforts to maintain and extend its lead in the next-gen console market.
Update: It appears that wires have been crossed between Midway and Epic Games. Contrary to the game's latest fact sheet, Epic Games state that "there is no formal SKU plan yet for this product."
At this time all versions of the game are intended for release in the second half of 2007, and Epic Games has not decided on the exact release dates.
We had previously reported that Unreal Tournament 3 (formerly Unreal Tournament 2007) would be released in the second half of 2007 for PC and Xbox 360, with the PlayStation 3 game arriving in 2008. This was confirmed by Midway, but has since been proved incorrect.
Unreal Tournament 3 will be shown for the PS3 at the Game Developers Conference in March as part of Epic's Unreal Engine 3 demonstration.