Epic Games boss Mark Rein has stated that the PlayStation 3 version of Unreal Tournament 3 may still be released this year, despite publisher Midway confirming it has been pushed back into 2008.
As we reported earlier, Midway announced Tuesday that the company "expects" to deliver the PS3 port of the game some time in early 2008, leaving only the PC version on track for its intended release this November.
However, Rein has said that there is still a possibility the PS3 release may be delivered in 2007: "As a public company, Midway felt an obligation to its shareholders to let them know about the possibility of a delay," he told Next-Gen.biz.
"Our goal is still to get the PS3 version of UT3 in stores before the end of 2007. However, we will only ship it once it’s ready and is the best game we can deliver."
Even so, Rein pointed out that a delay would afford Epic more development time, ensuring all maps featured in the PC version would be included in the PS3 release.
"...A little extra time in development means that now the PS3 version will have all of the same maps as the PC version whereas we previously expected to ship fewer maps on the console”, he noted.
Stay tuned for more developments on Unreal Tournament 3 here at PSU as they become available.