Joystiq interviewed Epic's Vice President, Mark Rein to discuss all things Unreal Tournament 3, and its relation with HOME, 360, PC, PS3, Mods, and much more. Hit the jump for the full interview.
Cool interview, gives alot of information. At least all of the 'Gears to PS3' rumors can stop, including the ones about a game set in the gears universe. "Do you have anything to say about rumors that a game set in the Gears of War universe could be coming to PS3? That's not going to happen, because Microsoft own the license to that series." You gotta hand it to them, Epic sure know how to debunk a rumor properly! It's a shame that the modding tools will only be available to PC players, but I guess it make sense, given that you will need in game assets, and a whole suite of software most console gamers won't have. If you serious enough about UT to be modding it, you'd play the PC version anyways I guess, because of the control system and the fact the this basically the start of the modding community on consoles... maybe in a few years we will see the tools appear on PSN and Live for games like this. Nice to hear about home integration too, at least it won't go live with zero support from devs. I'm psyched about the dedicated servers too, even if they are pay per play I wouldn't care, let the fragging commence!
I'm a professional fine artist, and I use Photoshop cs2 & cs3, along with 3D Studio Max, and all that together was over 5 grand. If I see tools on PSN with anywhere near their functionality, I may just have a case of terminal buyer's remorse.
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I seriously cannot wait till october where home will launch and game devs will have all their home spaces and what not. Bunch of friends meet in the unreal tournament home space and launch their game directly from home. Now thats something:D
Dedicated servers is definately they way to go, I hope M$ start doing this in the future, because peer-peer is crap for shooters, the average upload speed can only support 4-6 players without lagging.
Too many problems, Id much rather have peer to peer and have it last for 10 years, then dedicated servers that tend to disapear after 2 years.
...i cant believe their going to make you pay for pc version just to make mods for the ps3 version of the game...... i hope they change that....
Dirty Rat there are atleast 3 games coming out in 2008 that have said MS is giving them dedicated servers so we may see them use them. sonarus I know I am going to get flamed for this but.... whats the big deal, how is having 10 friends move through the Home world to the UT3 area and then jumping into a game so amazing? Wouldn't it be easier if you could just invite them all to a group and jump into a game without having to move through HOME?
True. The only advantage I can see is having an entertaining lobby to sit around and chat, listen to music and wait for all your buddies to get their arses into gear. Like meeting at the bar before going to Paintball the crap out of each other.. I don't think you have to 'walk' to get anywhere in Home either, you can 'teleport'
I like the idea of the chilling lounge more than the current lobby. You and your friends in the clan room with music downstreamed from the clan leader console and pictures of recent achievements maybee even a feed of the last game on the television beats the crap of sitting around chatting before the next match. You have the option of not doing it from home but the social minigames and stuff that you can do until everybody is ready for the next match seems to make it worth it, there have plenty a games i have had to wait a long time for them to finish in order to get to play this way i can atleast entertain myself with various things until they finish and we reload the game.
and you don't have to physically walk your character to areas like that if you don't want to...the PSP thing allows you to jump to different "channels" according to Harrison...so if you want to go to the UT3 lounge or whatever they will call it, you can just go directly to that... I think what a lot of people are missing is that Home will not be a thing where you have to walk around all the time...it is set to be a fully unified space where you can easily jump to anywhere also...your buddy list will have options to go directly to their "apartment" and see their shared music and videos...or go to their trophy room...etc...and you don't have to walk around a mall or whatever to do that if you don't want to... all it does is gives you everything other services like myspace and XBL's unified invites and stuff...and gives you a 3D character and a space to move around in...you don't have to treat it as a 3D environment all the time though...you can skip all that, at least according to the guys in the beta...
I wonder who will flinch first and how long it will take.
I understand that many people love making mods etc, but I just don't have the time - as much as I'd love to mess around with creating levels. In a recent magazine preview of UT3(I think in OXM) for the 360, they stated that it was going to ship with tons of maps - in the 30-40 range. This is plenty, and I'm sure more will become available to download - perhaps even popular mods from the PC version. - What a cool idea for a contest - the winning mod gets put on LIVE and gets a percentage of the profits. Besides, it often seems that after a short time, most online games are played on the same 3-5 favorite maps anyway. I just don't want this to be a huge deal between Epic and MS, and express that mods are not as important to some gamers out there.
agreed at least on one level...aside from skins, I never really make anything myself...and I kind of agree with Epic in that in order to make true well made mods, you really need a PC in the first place... but they are very important to me in the end...I love playing mods, just not creating them (because I hate crappy mods...and simply do not have the time it takes to build a great one)...those mod championship things Epic has done in the past are totally awesome... and the fact that PC mods will work on the PS3 also is great...so it won't be that no one makes the mods for the PS3, they will be universal for the most part it sounds... I am a little concerned with him not confirming M/K support for the PS3 though...a long time ago that was a strong enough rumor that it started to be accepted as true...now it seems that may not be the case after all...
i guess sony is realy om to something!
ya i don give a flip about mods, I just wanna play the game. "Do you have anything to say about rumours that a game set in the Gears of War universe could be coming to PS3?" "That's not going to happen, because Microsoft own the license to that series." reed it en weep
Unless someone makes a Gears mod I suppose...
I guess Sony fanboys(non-fanboys own more than one console) can now remove Gears from their wish list.
so they changed their stance. They wont provide the tools for free like they had said. Now they want you to buy the PC version. :(
It's a shame they're not into two gameplay modes for the PS3 version: the sixaxis mode and the PC mode with a BT keyb and mouse or the FragFX. It wouldn't cost them much, it's just adding the gameplay mechanic form the PC version to the PS3 version. If you'd choose the FragFX mode you wouldn't be able to play with sixaxisers but you'd be able to play with PC players on dedicated servers or mouse'n'keyb matches hosted on PSN.
The FragFX isn't detected as a mouse controller, it's treated like a regular one. It also isn't exactly as accurate as a mouse because of the analog sticks variable speed that it imitates. However I'd imagine it is very good for a game like this.
whoever thought gears would be coming to ps3 is just weird. micro and epic made a deal. favor ps3 a lil bit more then i do 360 just a lil bit. so i wouldnt call my self a fanboy but anyways 360 and ps3 have some great upcoming titles and i hope i can get most of them.
IS it just me, or does this sound like Mouse and Keys option for the PS3 has gone out the window? That sucks much @$$.
Great interview. I personally can't wait for UE3 to hit PCs so I can start getting my 3DS Max juices flowing in that beast of an engine. Even with all its shader mods, Source is getting OLD.
Hmm so much for the rumors a while back about PS3 getting its own version of Gears of War. Interview: Do you have anything to say about rumours that a game set in the Gears of War universe could be coming to PS3? That's not going to happen, because Microsoft own the license to that series.
interview, I really liked it. "Unreal Tournament 3 runs better on PS3 than Gears did on Xbox 360 at the same point in its development" i liked that too.
lol i love how you think that means something. You know what that means? The game that is using the better version of their engine, which has been in development longer is working better not in performance but in development.
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