View Full Version : Xbox 360 version of Unreal Tournament 3 likely to have less features

08-15-2007, 11:56 PM
Since the launch of this generation of consoles, pundits and armchair analysts have argued that Sony's decision to include Blu-ray in the PlayStation 3 will either be their doom or crowning achievement. It was an extremely high cost decision for Sony, on one hand offering the potential to create a de-facto next-gen HD storage medium standard, on the other hand offering game developers significantly more storage room. Whether or not developers actually needed this storage room was open to debate - should Sony have made the wrong call, the cost of PlayStation 3 would have been significantly higher than it would have others, hindering adoption rates for no good reason.

As time as passed however, increasing numbers of developers are coming out of the woodwork to support Sony's claim that next-gen games require significantly more storage room. Some passing comments made by the Project Gotham Racing 3 development team made it quite clear that DVD storage limitations forced various design decisions, including limiting day / night racing options. These statements were quickly clarified by Bizarre Creations, but not before Sony had crowed their success and vindication.

The latest salvo in the debate has been potentially unintentionally fired by Mark Rein, Vice President of Epic Games at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival. GamesIndustry.biz reports that while speaking about the upcoming Unreal Tournament 3, Rein dropped a bomb by saying, "we may have fewer maps on the 360 version…Blu-ray has definitely given us a lot of legroom."

Driving that stake a little deeper in to 360 gamers' hearts, he added, "If you think down the road, well maybe the next UT beyond this one, on Blu-ray disc, we might fill the whole damn disc with all the cool stuff the mod makers make."

Ouch. Will this make a difference in practice, or will Microsoft expand the usage of Live and make significantly larger hard-drives available? Time will tell.