In the wake of the recent revelation from Epic's Mark Rein that the developer is planning to bring Unreal Tournament modifications to Unreal Tournament 3 on PS3 and Xbox 360 and our feature looking at the impact of this, Red Orchestra developer Tripwire dropped us a line offering to comment on mods heading to console.
Tripwire is a developer that knows a thing or two about game modifications. It created Red Orchestra originally as a mod - or total conversion - based on Epic's Unreal Engine 2.5, and its project went on to win Epic's Make Something Unreal competition. Subsequently, RO became a commercial product, Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45.
Currently, it appears Epic only plans to bring existing or established UT mods to Unreal Tournament 3 on PS3 and Xbox 360. But that could be the catalyst for development of a full-on mod scene in the console world, emulating an element of PC videogaming that has previously only existed with that platform.