Whether Unreal Tournament III drops onto PlayStation 3 before the year is out or not, Epic Games remains committed to delivering an undeniably cool feature to the world of console shooters: mods. Short for modifications, such user generated content has been an active part of the PC world since before the shareware days -- where do you think Counter-Strike came from? Xbox Live introduced the idea of downloadable content extending the life of a product months after you've mastered the single-player campaign on the hardest difficulty, but it's always remained dependent on the game's creators.
Not with UT3. As 1UP learned earlier this week, when the multiplayer shooter ships on the PC, it comes bundled with the full suite of Unreal Engine 3 tools that have been used to make everything from Gears of War to BioShock to UT3 itself. The only limits are a player's time, ambition and imagination. These mods take the shape of new game types, weapons, levels or even completely new games if teams are dedicated enough. And creative folks will have the opportunity to share their user generated content with PS3 gamers, as Unreal Engine 3 literally ships with an "export to PS3" option within the tools.
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