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Gears of War PC... Eventually

The Mark Rein Q&A on TeamXbox follows up on a couple of long-debunked rumors (story and story) with the first semi-solid confirmation of plans for a PC port of Gears of War, which the Epic veep now says is inevitable, eventually (thanks Joystiq). After answering one question reaffirming the game as an Xbox 360 exclusive, Mark offers the following response to the question of whether it will stay that way:

íTil thereís something else. (chuckles) People ask me, ďAre you going to do it on PC?Ē Yeah, eventuallyÖI donít think thatís any great secret that we would like to do it on PC, but for now itís a 360 game. Eventually weíll get around to a PC version. I just donít know when.

Thatís worked successfully for Halo. Halo was a big seller on PC long after it kind of peaked on the original Xbox, and theyíre doing the same thing now with Halo 2. We work at the pleasure of a publisher who thinks both of those are their platforms, so I think itís ultimately inevitable, and obviously weíre a PC company.

The big challenge is to make a game that was designed solely for the consoleÖto take advantage of every last little corner of that console, to fill every little crack and run as many threads as we could and do as much to exploit the power of that machine, and make it run well on enough PCs to be worth releasing. Thatís a challenge. UT will help us there, because Unreal Tournament 3 will be kind of our vanguard PC product, and itís helping us get optimization on the PC. So itís just a matter of, now, can we make Gears run on enough PCs that itís worth sellingÖor do we have to wait in five years until everyone has a PC that can run it?

Itís inevitable, but itís just not there today.

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55. Re: No subject Feb 15, 2007, 17:03 4D-Boxing
Its like having a 10gig rig.

That's just begging for trouble... I can see other members cleared this up real quick.

Just like this gem!
do we have to wait in five years until everyone has a PC that can run it?

Hard to believe this came from Mark Rein a guy that's been in the biz for years! If he has no clue about the capabilities of PCs well looks bad for UT3.

I guess Epic needs some new blood cause if top guys have no clue about the capabilities of PC hardware well time to move on.

Save the lies & just admit you do not have the will or time to make a good port. My friend owns a 360 & I'm a PC gamer we both lay Oblivion R6 Vegas & other titles that are available on both platforms...Sorry Mr. Rein but Gears does not look better than R6 Vegas & it sure does not have all the details we see in the outdoor evironments of Oblivion. I can play both games at 1920x1200 16x AF & 4X AA with at 80+ FPS...

Bottom line, I've been an Epic fan since the first UT but comments like the one Mr. Rein made does not make me want to support their company.

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