Some big news was announced a couple days ago in the land of video games. The former PC/PS3 exclusive Unreal Tournament 2007 is now headed to the Xbox 360 and has been renamed, Unreal Tournament 3. Wait, what? Now, it’s been a while since I’ve been in school so my math skills are a little hazy, but doesn’t 3+1=4? I’ve been a fan of the UT series since it’s debut and have all current releases sitting next to me as I type this. All 3 of them – Unreal Tournament, Unreal Tournament 2003 and Unreal Tournament 2004. Notice, there’s no Unreal Tournament 2 in that list and there’s also 3 of them.
Epic VP Mark Rein explains the decision to change the name to UT3 – “The new name is to reflect the fact that this game is the next generation of the Unreal series, based on the Unreal Engine 3.” So, it’s because the game is built on Unreal Engine 3? Nope, sorry dude, still doesn’t make sense.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a mis-count like this, though. Remember Battlefield 2? Yeah, it came after Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield Vietnam. I’m pretty sure there’s been another instance of this sort of unexplainable numbering, but I can’t put my finger on it at the moment.
In any case, I’m sure I will love UT3 and am really happy to see it coming to the Xbox 360. I’m sure in time, I’ll get over the stupid name. 😛