Midway has told Eurogamer that the Xbox 360 version of Unreal Tournament 3 will be heading here for 4th July. Or the day that Will Smith beat the aliens. That puts us a weekend ahead of the US for once, who will get the game the following Tuesday, 7th July.

Unreal Tournament 3 may sound old hat, given it appeared on PC last November and PS3 in February, but not so. Epic Games is ensuring there is some fresh content to get hold of, such as all the downloadable content bundled onto the retail disc, as well as five fresh maps, split-screen support and two more characters to do a spot of homicide with.

Given the Epic track record with Gears of War on Xbox 360, worries about performance should also be unfounded. And both PC and PS3 versions took home a solid 8/10.

There's rather a lot of stiff competition on Xbox 360, though, so does Epic think it can knock Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4 off their Live Activity pedestals? "I wish," Epic boss Mark Rein told Eurogamer. "But realistically, and unfortunately, we don't have the marketing dollars behind our game that those games have.

"But I think the game is great on Xbox 360. It really rocks!"

Head over to our Xbox 360 Unreal Tournament 3 gamepage for all of our coverage to date, plus plenty more from the Rein's mouth.

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