Sometimes a piece of cool gaming history never intended to be seen by player eyes crops up on the internet, shedding light on a weird parallel world highlighting what could have bee. The latest instance of this happened yesterday when a new video surfaced online seemingly showing Gears of War 3 being played on a PS3. Yup, you read that correctly!
How is this possible? After all, Gears of War is and always has been synonymous with the Xbox brand. Well, an Epic spokesperson has since come out to say that it was just, in fact, a test. Despite Gears of War 3 releasing ahead of Microsoft’s acquisition of the IP, which would in theory make something like this possible, a PS3 version of this cover -shooting threequel was never on the cards.
Here’s what the Epic Games representative officially told Kotaku: “This footage is a by-product of Epic's internal Unreal Engine 3 testing process, which utilised both Gears and Unreal Tournament and was never part of any actual product work for PlayStation 3." As you can see, Gears of War was in now way destined to hit Sony’s platform.
Here’s the original video showing what it looks like running:
The level shown is one of the earliest missions in Gears of War 3, all but confirming that it was purely for demonstration and testing purposes only. Still, as far of cool unseen nugget from video game history, it’s an extremely cool thing to see.