After announcing the completion of Unreal Tournament III for the PlayStation 3 two weeks ago, the anticipation has finally come to an end as Midway and developer Epic Games have launched their first next-generation collaboration. Under a timed contract, Unreal Tournament III marks its debut exclusively for the PlayStation 3, complete with the ability to allow for user-created content, in other words: game modifications, which are extremely popular with the PC folk.

"Unreal Tournament 3 sets a new benchmark for graphical quality and what a first-person shooter gameplay experience on the PLAYSTATION 3 system should be," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. "The game is a must-have for a PLAYSTATION 3 system owner this holiday season."

"We are thrilled to put Unreal Tournament 3 in gamers' hands before the holidays," said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games. "The game plays so amazingly, and I think this is the pick-up-and-play shooter people have been waiting for on PLAYSTATION 3. In addition, UT3 is the first game ever to allow truly robust user-created content – we call them 'mods' (as in 'modifications') – on any console platform, and we can't wait to see what the mod community creates for this game. User-created content has always been the remarkable backbone component of the Unreal Tournament series, and we think PLAYSTATION 3 system users are in for a huge treat when the mods start to appear."

"We are excited about our continued collaboration with Midway on Unreal Tournament 3, exclusively for PS3," said Riley Russell, senior vice president of third party relations, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "Unreal Tournament 3 is sure to be a hit this holiday season as it allows gamers to embrace the creativity of user-generated content utilizing the power of the Unreal Engine 3 on PS3."

Unreal Tournament III should begin appearing in stores tomorrow.

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