Mark Rein, VP at Epic Games announced on the Epic Games Forum not long ago that the PS3 version of Unreal Tournament III will feature keyboard and mouse compatibility. Why is that such a big issue, you ask? Because of two main reasons.
- As any UT fan will tell you, there is no better UT experience than a good ol’ keyboard and mouse. While consoles are nice and all, you can’t beat the PC’s controls. So bang, add the Keyboard/Mouse compatibility to the PS3 and you’ve got yourself a winner.
- Microsoft is big on not allowing developers to make games K/M compatible. Of course, they’re Microsoft.
This effectively means that Epic is going to over to the PS3 camp even more, while Microsoft is wondering where they went wrong. Epic had also announced earlier that the Xbox 360 version of the game will release quite a while after the PS3 and PC release. Also, the PS3 will support user-made modifications, something that the Xbox Live shindig isn’t cool with.
Here’s what he said, if you’re too lazy to click the link above.
I checked with Steve Polge and he said that YES we are supporting keyboard and mouse in Unreal Tournament 3 on PS3. He is confident we are doing it in a way that will be balanced without feeling “gimped” for either side. We’ll also allow people to choose whether or not they want to allow mixed controller vs. keyboard/mouse games or not.
Mark also states that more details will be coming soon. I can’t friggin’ wait!