This just in…

Midway announces that the forth coming Unreal Tournament 2007 will be named Unreal Tournament 3 when it hits the the shelves in the second half of 2007.

Unreal Tournament 2007 renamed, confirmed for 360 – Joystiq

This makes for a very interesting paradox. Unreal Tournament 3 will now be the fourth game in the Unreal Tournament series. Apparently its being called 3 after Unreal Engine 3 the amazing graphics engine that is powering the likes of Gears of War and the fourth coming Halo Wars.

The Cynic in me says the real reason they are doing this is because its going to be delayed again and they didn’t want to rename it Unreal Tournament 2008.

The above article also confirms that it will hit the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC at the same time. I think this is an odd choice since Unreal Tournament has traditionally been a game of speed and high precision, something that only a mouse and keyboard combo seem to be able to give you. Trying to do the same thing with a game pad, will be hard and will probably feel slow to diehard Unreal veterans like Rob and myself.

Firestarter (Empirion Mix) from the album “Firestarter” by The Prodigy