- Aug 25, 2020
Epic Games created a PlayStation 3 port of Gears of War 3 as part of its internal Unreal Engine testing process, but never had any intention of releasing the Xbox 360-exclusive game on the platform. The discovery of the PS3 port comes from new footage released by a former hacker known online as PixelButts. The footage, which shows a rough, buggy version of the game playing on PS3 hardware, was posted to YouTube. While the footage shows Xbox button prompts, a report from Kotaku reveals that the build is indeed running on a PlayStation 3, demonstrated by a further video sent to Kotaku by PixelButts that shows the game booting up from the PS3’s cross media bar. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2011/08/22/gears-of-war-3-intro-cinematic"] Epic Games revealed to Kotaku that the build is real. “This footage is a byproduct of Epic’s internal Unreal Engine 3 testing process, which utilized both Gears and Unreal Tournament, and was never part of any actual product work for PlayStation 3,” said a representative from the developer. The build was acquired via a data breach of Epic back in 2011.While there have previously been videos of Gears of War 3 running on a PS3, those were apparently created by hackers developing their own port using the files from the hack. PixelButt’s video differs as this is actually a PS3 build created by Epic itself for the Unreal Engine 3 testing process. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-ign-gears-of-war-review-ever&captions=true"] Allegedly, this version does not run on standard retail PS3 consoles and requires the extra RAM that can be found in the PS3 devkit. However, PixelButts adjusted the way Unreal Engine 3 loads data and managed to make the build work, albeit with performance issues. If you’d like to get a little more up to date with Gears of War, then check out our review of the latest game in the series, Gears Tactics. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Purslow is IGN's UK News and Entertainment Writer. You can follow him on Twitter.