Epic Games chieftain Mark Rein has said that the Unreal Tournament 3 beta demo will be out "within two weeks" - possibly as soon as this week.
It will only be playable on Windows and will be open to everyone that wants to join. Max OS X and Linux versions are being worked on, but no dates have been mentioned.
Rein confirmed its imminent arrival on the official forums, and said it will contain bot skirmishes as well as online multiplayer. The idea behind it is to get you lot running the game on all types of different machines, so that Epic can see how well it is performing and get pages of gameplay feedback.
The Epic Games boss was also keen to update fans on the state of the PS3 version that is due to launch simultaneously with the PC offering. Apparently it is in "great shape", and he hopes to have some visitors from fansites playing it soon.
Recently we heard that the eagerly awaited shooter had been delayed until 2008, although Rein contradicted the announcement from a financial statement by stating that Midway felt obliged to warn its shareholders of the possibility that UT3 might slip to next year.
We were also told that the much-flaunted cross-platform play between PC and PS3 will not be available at launch. This was down to lengthy PS3 certification processes with online content, which would have meant holding pack PC mods and updates so the two could be released simultaneously - something Rein said he wouldn't do to his loyal PC userbase.
Head over to our Unreal Tournament 3 gamepage for much more information.