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Epic explains why no Gears of War 3 PC

Epic explains why no Gears of War 3 PC

Epic's Mike Capps has explained why Gears of War 3 will not be released on PC.

Epic's Mike Capps has confirmed that Gears of War 3 is not ever going to be released on PC and has explained to Bit-Gamer why that it is the case.

'It's a decision to focus on the market majority, Capps told us yesterday at GamesCom 2011 in Cologne, Germany.

Explaining further, Capps said that creating a PC version of Gears of War 3 would not be as easy as copying the code over and would require quite a bit of work for Epic.

'It was a choice. In that amount of time we could have done one big Xbox 360 update for Gears of War 3, or we could have made a PC port. It was a matter of priorities.'

Capps also made mention of the original PC version of Gears of War, which he said had not exceeded Epic's expectations.

Let us know your thoughts in the forums and check out the latest trailer for Gears of War 3 below.

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Hovis 19th August 2011, 23:08 Quote
It's the Halo excuse. Game looks old and crap by PC standards, easier to dodge the comparison.
jimmyjj 19th August 2011, 23:11 Quote
Good god, could I care less?
Canon 19th August 2011, 23:13 Quote
Good riddance.
Zeus-Nolan 19th August 2011, 23:23 Quote
I liked the first one, it just doesn't like running on my pc no matter what I do.
Aracos 19th August 2011, 23:28 Quote
And these are part of the PC Gaming Alliance.......
edzieba 19th August 2011, 23:56 Quote
Quote:
'It was a choice. In that amount of time we could have done one big Xbox 360 update for Gears of War 3, or we could have made a PC port. It was a matter of priorities.'
Priorities: Our priority is to not lose the big bonus from Microsoft for staying 360 exclusive.
Fizzban 20th August 2011, 00:04 Quote
Modding tab..don't you mean News?
RichCreedy 20th August 2011, 00:20 Quote
i've heard rumers that xbox games may work on win 8, these are unconfirmed rumours i might add, but apparently there seems to be error checking code for xbox, and xbox live coding within win 8
Spuzzell 20th August 2011, 00:34 Quote
Could not care less. I was actually given a copy of GoW on PC and three separate times I've installed and played for a bit then lost interest.

Its just a bit... meh.
The_Beast 20th August 2011, 00:49 Quote
Other than the chainsaw gun thingy, how's it different than any other shooter?
Faulk_Wulf 20th August 2011, 01:09 Quote
It's a franchise. Either you were invested in the previous titles or you weren't. Is Battlefield, Black Ops, Modern Warfare, Homefront, Bodycount, or Bulletstorm really all that different? Need for Speed, Forza, Grand Turismo? Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row?

Its a flavor. What trim do you like? All those titles sold fine. And so will this. Its a Triple-A release with a solid multiplayer element with a dedicated fan base. There may be better games, but there are *definitely* worse. The advantage consoles have is that you have nothing to upgrade. $200 for the console and you're done.

I grew up with Half-Life on PC. But really I wont buy PC games anymore unless they're exclusives. Too many variables and hardware. Too much hassle. I hope PC gaming makes a comeback, but Tablets, Next Gen consoles, and a divided PC market along with a poor economy is pretty much sealing its fate.

My 2c, worth what you paid to read it.
rogerrabbits 20th August 2011, 04:13 Quote
And in an alternate dimension, he was given truth serum and had this to say:
Quote:
Epic's Mike Capps has confirmed that Gears of War 3 is not ever going to be released on PC and has explained to Bit-Gamer why that it is the case.

"Because we realised that most PC gamers are smart enough to shun this kind of crap."
TeeJay88 20th August 2011, 05:41 Quote
Epic failure! When was the last time epic put a good game out for the PC, UT2K3, 8 years ago.
zulu9812 20th August 2011, 06:31 Quote
Epic explains why no Gears of War 3 PC

"Because **** you, that's why"
Nikumba 20th August 2011, 10:02 Quote
Well at least he is not blaming piracy
Gigglebyte 20th August 2011, 10:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nikumba
Well at least he is not blaming piracy

Indeed.

It's a situation where they would be damned if they do (people would complain about graphics and console porting) and damned if they don't (people would complain about them being lazy).

At least Epic are being honest about focussing on the quick cash.
GFC 20th August 2011, 10:35 Quote
Scumbag epic, says will focus on pc. Refuses to port GoW.
Sheiken 20th August 2011, 10:47 Quote
I LOVE GoW and I have no problems with them just releasing it on xbox, just means that I'll have to sit on my comfy couch in front of my big tv and b&w speakers and blast some Locust!
eddman 20th August 2011, 11:33 Quote
Get over it epic and all of you crap console developers; I'm not buying one unless it costs 50$ and their games 5$. F*ck you.
impar 20th August 2011, 12:14 Quote
Greetings!

Why does a game console developer like Epic needs to try to justify not making PC games?
[PUNK] crompers 20th August 2011, 12:27 Quote
because they fancy themselves as a pc dev also although they haven't released anything decent since UT Y2K.

i dont care that its not coming to pc, thats fine its poo. I just wish Epic (and by extension cliffy b) would shut up and get on with it
Paradigm Shifter 20th August 2011, 12:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by impar
Greetings!

Why does a game console developer like Epic needs to try to justify not making PC games?

Because they were made by the PC gamers, and they try to forget that PC gamers have long, long memories by and large. Console gamers don't seem to, or why would the 'corridor, room, cutscene, repeat corridor, repeat room, cutscene, rinse 'n' repeat until end of level' model of map design succeed so well on consoles?

As for their reasoning... "Gears of War did not exceed our expectations"... um, that's probably because Epic's expectations were unreasonably high. It was one of the first games to be infected with Games for Windows (Live), so many people avoided it; it was horribly, horribly delayed, when compared to the 360 version, so most of the people who were interested in it had likely already bought, played, completed and got bored with it; and it was one of those games I label as a '3P' game - Piss Poor Port.

However, my first response to the headline was "and nothing of value was lost". I'm sure most of the people who want GoW3 have 1 and 2 on the 360 anyway. It would also make little sense to release 1 and 3 on the PC, and not 2... but when did sense enter into the equation when $$$ is at stake?
srgtherasta 20th August 2011, 12:59 Quote
Hummm... don't have time to care, will be playimg bf3/skyrim anyway.
BlackMage23 20th August 2011, 14:05 Quote
Translated: Microsoft are paying us too much money to keep it on the 360.
[DE]FreD_S 20th August 2011, 14:43 Quote
Seriously, I don't give a flying f***, but how the hell can you even play a shooter on a console!? Any PC n00b could rip console players a new one just because the n00b has proper controls... f*** consoles.
Ninja_182 20th August 2011, 15:37 Quote
Surely there's a huge health and safety issue with holding a chainsaw bayonet by the teeth.
greypilgers 20th August 2011, 23:49 Quote
A decision made for purely capitalist reasons - never mind quality of product, never mind expansion of market penetration, hell, never mind 'just for old times' sake'. They didn't even say that creating a PC version would stop the creation of a new game. It would stop the creation of an Xbox patch and some DLC for the already released game.
Purely about the money and nothing else.
Whilst deep down you can't argue with someone chasing as much of a payday as possible, I would like to not see any further comments from Epic claiming to be 'in it for the PC Gamers', as I'm afraid this is unfortunately not true and would in future be quite insulting, as we are obviously not worth their time.
Action_Parsnip 21st August 2011, 01:52 Quote
I say good on Epic for being honest. Don't pay lip service to PC gaming and port some crap over. Stick to your guns and do what you are good at. Gears is a completely unremarkable game anyway, so I don't see PC gaming being any worse off without it. Epic are probably very aware of this too.
fadi299 21st August 2011, 12:39 Quote
couldn't care less really, it's not like we're missing out on something great or revolutionary anyway, it's basically the same game, same gameplay, same graphics, same crappy story, they just keep adding numbers to their titles, they are more like episodes or movie sequels than true pc games sequels just like most console sequels these days and we pc gamers still have the best and most complete version of the first game(best in series according to gears fanboys), i only played it once and havn't touched it since then...

it just pisses me off when Epic Fail claim to be pc developers and saving the pc gaming industry when their last great pc effort was UT2k4 which was 7 years ago......pathetic
K404 21st August 2011, 15:00 Quote
MICROSOFT pays Epic to keep GoW MICROSOFT Xbox 360 exclusive, when... 99%? of PC gaming is done on MICROSOFT Windows.

"We will pay you to keep this content exclusively on AND off Microsoft products.
Emil 21st August 2011, 16:43 Quote
Suits me, I have no interest in wasting good time and money on shitty console ports anyway. Should be developed for the pc and then ported to consoles if you ask me. Surely it makes more sense to water something down for a more basic console, than to design it on a basic platform and try to make it look good on pc twice as powerful..
Blazza181 21st August 2011, 17:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Emil
Suits me, I have no interest in wasting good time and money on shitty console ports anyway. Should be developed for the pc and then ported to consoles if you ask me. Surely it makes more sense to water something down for a more basic console, than to design it on a basic platform and try to make it look good on pc twice as powerful..

Amen to that.
erratum1 21st August 2011, 17:14 Quote
Focusing on market majority, makes sense they are running a business.

It's no great loss not to have GOW on Pc.
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Originally Posted by Emil
Should be developed for the pc and then ported to consoles if you ask me. Surely it makes more sense to water something down for a more basic console, than to design it on a basic platform and try to make it look good on pc twice as powerful..

If Pc was the biggest selling platform they would, but it's not. You don't invest millions in graphics only to bin them so it can run on the majority platform.
Volund 21st August 2011, 19:34 Quote
If Gears 1 hadn't been unusable on release, delayed, and running GFWL, their sales figures might not have been in the toilet

add in the console port, it is their own fault they arent making money on the PC too.
MjFrosty 22nd August 2011, 10:12 Quote
"Because GoW 2 wasn't either?" Would of been acceptable :D


I couldn't give two singular shits about this game. More of the same run, duck and gun backed with a mildly epic soundtrack and gruff speaking unrealistically tonk super soldiers from the future who probably haven't seen their dicks in 10 years.

Anyway, wheres all these games they're talking about in the pipeline..Hopefully something true to the PC in amongst them...
[USRF]Obiwan 22nd August 2011, 10:58 Quote
They should be kicked out of the PCGA, which is a TOTAL FAIL anyway. With only two game makers (Epic and Capcom) both of them make 10 times more games for consoles then for the PC anyway... They probably started it a few years back to get rid of all the outraged PC gamers; "see we are good, we even started a alliance for PC! You can stop being angry now..."
Spreadie 22nd August 2011, 14:35 Quote
This would matter if GoW was actually any good.

However, GoW turned out to be a steaming pile of donkey turd. So, who cares?
Drexial 22nd August 2011, 15:06 Quote
The part about this that annoys me the most is that the characters and maps were showcased on the PC. This was the game that introduced the U3 engine. It looked phenomenal, still does to this day.... until they diluted it for the consoles. To be fair, they aren’t just diluting the graphics for the PC they are diluting it for the console as well. Look at the new game when it comes out and even though it’s the same hardware, I bet it looks better. Even for BF3 they said they were cutting the frame rate to 30 FPS to increase detail. This means even on the consoles, they are getting a compromised product.

The PC market is down for one reason... Game Dev companies are killing it. They cant release a spreadsheet saying, looks like games on PC sales are goign down, then not release a game because of that prediction, well no s**t its goign down cause you aren't releasing the games.

Anyway, there is one reason I enjoy this game and its the co-op mode. I don't understand why more games don't have it.
Tsung 23rd August 2011, 12:54 Quote
After playing the Space Marine demo last night, I see no space in the PC market for GOW. Download the demo on Steam today (should be general release) ..
uz1_l0v3r 23rd August 2011, 13:31 Quote
Boo bloody hoo, no Gears of Bore for the pc. Epic, you are increasingly becoming an irrelevance.
OCJunkie 23rd August 2011, 18:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article

creating a PC version of Gears of War 3 would not be as easy as copying the code over and would require quite a bit of work for Epic.
OMFG God forbid they do any work whatsoever. Now even a crappy port job is too much trouble.

But not that I care I'm actually glad. Epice used to be, well, epic. Now I hope they go under with their crappy games and poor attitude.
Chriscogley 25th August 2011, 18:35 Quote
i think they should have bought it out on the pc
as it would be cool on the pc due to the technology that is availible for pc's and the graphics that can be achieved also the setup's
but the point i'm trying to make is that gears of war 3 should have come out on pc as it would be quite an epic game due to the advances in computer technology
but if they are getting a huge bonus from microsoft then who will blame them as it must be worth the money or they wouldn't be choosing that option
but personally they should have released it on the pc as it could have been pushed further
personal opinion
NuForce 17th September 2011, 16:32 Quote
Epic hasn't released a great game since 1999 UT GOTY edition. The disastrous roll out of UT3 is a recent example. Therefore, I don't blame Epic for not even attempting a PC version.

Since I will never own a gaming console... Good bye Epic.
7ony 19th September 2011, 23:51 Quote
Maybe if people complained in an adult civil manner developers would listen and perhaps seriously rethink their reluctance to port a game to pc.

I am as disappointed as the next man that Epic appear to have abandoned the pc but when they make a game for console and it makes millions, you can't blame them for not releasing a pc version that will probably not sell well in comparison.
Elton 20th September 2011, 00:33 Quote
The problem is that they're using a bad excuse still. Admittedly it won't sell that well, but it would undoubtedly sell decently well.
mon436 3rd October 2011, 19:54 Quote
Excellent S3DR gaming immersion is currently possible only with PC versions running the appropriate software, like DDD's Ignition. GOW3 uses a virtual 3D with a distorted geometry around the camera viewpoint. A PC version of GOW3 could have more natural 3D and a full resolution (1920) display, rather than half-resolution side-by-side display. I have played/assessed 3D in many recent titles like Crysis 2 and Witcher 2.

I would like to see a full release of all Gears of War games (2 and 3) on the PC platform...
Mantis25 4th March 2012, 15:30 Quote
If you don't want our money fine we pc gamers have much better games to play anyways. The only people who play xbox are kids and crybabies. It actually takes skill to game with a mouse and keyboard. Keep your game on xbox no sweat off my nuts! I wouldn't own an xbox if you put a gun to my head.
roytech9 13th March 2012, 22:27 Quote
Ahh It's a Damn Lie...

They are Just Too afraid Of Skidrow , Reloaded Teams.
Same Thing Ubisoft Is Trying.
R4CHIS 8th October 2012, 04:14 Quote
What could possibly be more ridiculous than me posting super late on this article? Answer: the many incredibly naive/biased/idiot posts I just read here today.

1) GoW PC sold terribly compared to it's console counterpart. Therefore, the answer Epic gave for not making GoW 3 for PC is legitimate. Not that it matters because we can only seem to get roughly 30k people on GoW 3 at a time in the Western Hemisphere. So the population for GoW is a lot smaller than that of other popular multiplayer games. That being the case, gamers in general need to stop thinking they are the only ones on the planet because we are never going to get what we want all the time.

2) The rift between PC gamers and Console gamers needs to end. I'm so tired of seeing it. All it does is divide the community. I play games on both so let me make this super easy for everyone. PC gaming and Console gaming require a different set of skills. The two are hardly comparable due to the fact that a gamepad is vastly inferior to a mouse and keyboard in some ways and a keyboard is inferior to a gamepad in others. It's a lot easier to maintain consistency with PC and the precision you get from a mouse allows you to do things a lot faster. The fact that it's not as easy to be good with a gamepad means you have to develop that muscle memory over time so that you can be consistent. That's just not something you have to work too hard on with a mouse. Long story short, the two experiences are completely different and both should be respected.

3) We are ALL gamers here. I don't care if you're a hardcore gamer who has played since the Atari or if you are a brand new casual gamer that decided to stop messing around on Facebook too much. We all like the same damn thing! In real life that generally makes it easier to get along with people. Unfortunately, guys like the lot of you decide to take on secondary personalities just because you're on the internet. It's a shame. If the E-Penises were to leave then the gaming community would be a lot more enjoyable.

So let me be the one guy here who says I enjoy every moment I play on my Xbox and I love my PC too. Lrn2liekgamesfoolz
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