Early Gears Of War 3 Code Hits Internet, Cops Investigating

Games leak onto the internet all the time. Usually a week or two before they hit retail. Leaking months before release, though, that's a little rarer.

Yet a playable build of Gears of War 3 hit torrent sites late last week, representing an early look at the game's singleplayer campaign from a build of the project that's not even complete yet.

"We have seen the reports of Gears of War 3 content being propped on the Web and working closely with our security teams and law enforcement to address the situation," Microsoft told IGN.

"This content is not from a final build and is not representative of what fans will enjoy when the game launches."

While some other titles have popped up a little early in recent years - a preview build of early Deus Ex levels, an early release of Halo: Reach - it's not often you get leaked code from a game before it's been pressed onto a disc. No wonder the cops are involved.

Microsoft Investigating Gears of War 3 Leak [IGN]


Comments

    Someone's losing a job over that.

    Seriously though it's pretty awful for this to happen, many games are in quite the unplayable state or have terrible AI or any number awful things in it right up to the last month or so.

    I don't usually buy so much into the piracy hurts the industry argument, but this will be like anti-advertising and I do see it affecting their sales.

    Poor form disgruntled worker 47, poor form.

      Blake said: "Seriously though it’s pretty awful for this to happen, many games are in quite the unplayable state or have terrible AI or any number awful things in it right up to the last month or so"

      I'm under the impression Cliffy said it was just about ready and they were on par to hit their original launch date but had the opportunity to push the release date back in order to have the multiplayer beta.. that aside, it's still a shit situation!

    I'm surprised there was no mention of the Half Life 2 source code leak in this article, considering that was a significant leak of pre-launch data.

    It set the release back by a couple of months and caused alot of animosity in the community, because most of the peope who had been waiting for the game to come out wanted the full thing, not the code.

      That's because it wasnt so much a leak, as it was a hack into Valve itself and a theft of the source code.

      In this case, it sounds like the code hasnt been stolen, rather "obtained" from someone on the inside you can presume.

    This doesn't affect sales. The only people downloading this are pirates, and pirates by definition don't buy games. Most normal people who are pumped at the game are watching trailers, seeing demos online etc, to name a few.

    People who were gonna buy the game aren't gonna play an early version, considering it's just as much, if not more effort than to pirate the full one, and it would go against them morally.

    Awesome. Now I have to stay off the Internet for the next three months.

    Who cares about mediocre space shooter 3. So some employees leaked the code, they'll be found and punished, there's no reason for people to be complaining about spoilers though.

      I also thought this. Yes it sucks that people are losing money/jobs over this.

      But the Gears of War franchise has such a by-the-numbers, laughably simple story anyway. Their attempt to shoe-horn in the wife subplot in #2 seemed more like a hamfisted attempt to assure us that these 2 brosephs were not in fact, gay.

      You can't spoil shlock.

    Crysis 2 dev build anyone? God it was great getting to play that MP via Tungle months before it hit the streets.

    I know this stuff is bad and all, but in my mind it probably isn't going to stop someone planning on buying Gears 3 from buying Gears 3. It probably has no effect on those that were always going to pirate it come release also. It does however allow someone to have a look-see if they feel that way inclined.

    ^To the guy above^
    Whilst your theory that 'pirates by definition don't buy games' is probably true for the most part, it is by no means a steadfast theory. I might have been known to pirate a game, and if I did do this, and I subsequently decide to dedicate some of my time to said game, I may in fact then purchase the game through proper channels.

    There are a LOT of game releases nowadays, a lot of which do not offer demo's for the PC platform AFAIK.

      *sorry, apparently I was slow. That ^ was to Jake.

      "I might have been known to pirate a game, and if I did do this, and I subsequently decide to dedicate some of my time to said game, I may in fact then purchase the game through proper channels."

      Believe me when I say that the overwhelming majority of pirates do NOT do this, they had no intention of ever paying for the games they steal.

      And chances are, the people who'd go out of their way to play a torrented version of the game, have been doing this already for a while. It's not like popping in an R4, you really have to work at it if you want to play GoW 3.

    Yet another case of Pirating ruining PC gaming...

    Oh wait this is on Xbox... carry on.

      You don't see Xboxes running utorrent. And the problem was always with the PC-savvy pirate crowd anyway.

      You can bet dollars to donuts that the people who will play this are the same people who already do exactly the same thing with PC games.

        Possibly, but I think you underestimate people these days.. I mean the R4 is a hit for the DS, I mean, parents come in looking for those devices in retail shops and know how to use them and get games!!

        Just because its a console, and not a PC, doesnt mean people dont know how to obtain this content and use it, ive seen it being done by the most unlikely of people over the years.

        Pointing fingers at any group of gamer is irrelevant and pointless.

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