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"Zero Chance" Of Gears Hitting PS3

Felix Kemp
Cliff Bleszinski, Games news, Gears of War 3, Playstation 3

"Zero Chance" Of Gears Hitting PS3

Considering Epic isn't actually a first-party developer for Microsoft, despite their close relationship, rumors have often persisted that Marcus Fenix and co could make their way over from the Xbox 360 to the Playstation 3. It wouldn't be that much of a surprise; in recent years, the likes of Mass Effect and Final Fantasy have traded exclusivity for multiplatform privileges. But according to design director, Cliff 'Cliffy B' Bleszinski, there is "zero chance" of that happening.

"I would say in the foreseeable future there's zero chance of Gears of War being on the PlayStation 3," Bleszinski explained to Industry Gamers. Epic has often admitted they'd love to bring Gears to other platforms - who wouldn't like more money in their pocket? - but Bleszinski is unequivocal over the matter. "Can we bury that now?"

And it's worked out pretty well for them so far. Gears is easily one of the biggest new IPs of this generation, its success - on the 360 at least - only rivaled by Halo. Gears 3 is set to shatter pre-order records when it hits in September, too. "Seriously. It's like, we have a great deal with Microsoft, they're a great partner," enthuses Bleszinski, who demoed Gears of War 3 to an expectant audience at E3 with Ice T, who also voices a Stranded character in the game. [Industry Gamers]

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Gunn  Jun. 15, 2011 at 15:11

So does that mean MS paid them for exclusivity? Or they just aren't interested in developing for the PS3?

TDR  Jun. 15, 2011 at 15:17

Its probably that the inferior GPU on the PS3 cant handle it.

You already have issues that when games are ported to the PS3 they almost universally run at a lower resolution, at a lower frame rate, or without antialiasing enabled, or a combination of these.

Gunn  Jun. 15, 2011 at 17:17

Yeah I think I remember them saying they needed all the RAM possible, so I guess it is possible but wouldn't look as good, if ported, that's not to say it could not be remade for the PS3 from scratch. Games like Uncharted and God of War look pretty sweet on that "inferior GPU"

Felix Kemp  Jun. 15, 2011 at 17:30

I don't think its a technical problem. Gears 3 looks fantastic, on-par with Uncharted and more of the PS3's best offerings. And Epic are a talented bunch; it could easily be done. MS have obviously shelled out a lot for exclusive rights, and they're wise to do so. They can't afford to lose any more exclusive properties. Not when their own first-party offerings are so very thin.

semargofni  Jun. 19, 2011 at 22:36

Typical CB, I have an Xbox purley these days as a GoW machine, and Im on my third = moved to PS3 because, well, being without my main console for two/three weeks every xmas was becoming retarded.
More over Epic were made by PC games, moved to Xbox and left the PC behind and I have no doubt will sell xbox out at some point (mark my words), so yeah, its all about the money, M$ must be paying by the bucketload - but when Cliffy B opend his big gob I have tendency to NOT buy anything Epic no matter how good it may be just so I am in no way putting money in CB's pocket - OMG you saddo I hear you say - damn right.

Potato McNugget  Jun. 20, 2011 at 15:37

The shoddy ports were down to the lazy developers, not the limitations of the PS3. The PS3 itself far exceeds the capabilities of the 360. Yes, Gears looks great, but only at a distance. Go up close to anything and you realise how bad the textures and what not are. The unreal engine has never been that great, especially when it comes to online gaming, and the fact that Unreal Tournament 3 has been the only game running on the engine that has managed to be somewhat playable online without servers says it all.

It will still look outdated when Uncharted 3 is released, but it doesnt really matter anyway, as Battlefield 3 on PC has shown up consoles for what they truly are. The next generation of home consoles is desperately needed.


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