Epic "addressing" Gears of Wars 3 campaign leak

An early version of the single-player campaign of Epic Games' upcoming Gears of War 3 makes its way onto torrent sites; Epic confirms the content is not from the final version of the game.

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An unfinished version of Epic's upcoming sci-fi shooter sequel Gears of War 3 has made its way onto torrent sites, revealing the game's entire single-player campaign and some multiplayer options.

According to a NeoGAF post and several supporting YouTube clips, the unfinished developer build of Gears of War 3 leaked online is a JTAG version, meaning it will only play on modded Xbox 360 consoles used in development kits.

With the game still more than two months away, news reports of the leak are urging gamers to stay away, both as a way to avoid spoilers and as a mark of respect for Epic Games.

Epic Games is gunning for Gears of War 3 sales of at least 6 million.

The studio confirmed that the content released is not from a final build of the game, telling GameSpot: "We have seen the reports of Gears of War 3 content being propped on the Web and [we are] working closely with our security teams and law enforcement to address the situation. This content is not from a final build and is not representative of what fans will enjoy when the game launches worldwide on September 20, 2011."

Last month Epic Games announced 1.29 million gamers from 145 countries tried out the beta for the game, which ran from April 18 to May 15. Further, Gears of War 3 reached 1 million preorders, faster than any other Xbox 360-exclusive, beating out Halo: Reach and Halo 3.

To date, combined sales of the original Gears of War and its sequel have reached 12 million units. Gears of War 3 design director Cliff Bleszinksi recently claimed he hopes Gears of War 3 sales will top US$6 million.

Discussion

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CoUGHnBulle77z
CoUGHnBulle77z

@Lotus-Edge I'm a fan of the series but NOT the multiplayer (which was filled with host exploits, massive connectivity issues, bad CSHD, and a bug list that could fill half this page). I'm not diagnosed with fan boy cancer for anything, I always stay open minded. There is a difference between a "fanboy" and a "fan". GoW3 is a lot better than gow2 and I never said GoW3 was awesome..I said it was a large improvement...I've played the Gow3 beta and racked over 100,000 kills on gow2, I'm sure I have solid ground for my opinion. Dedicated servers, improved engine, new modes, refined modes & gameplay mechanics, celebrity cast of voice actors, new weapons, 4 player story co-op...the list goes on. You can simply take a glance at GoW3 then gow2 and the differences are extremely obvious If you call that marginal for a sequel than you're on crack. And obviously they built on Gears of War 2 DURRR thats why its called Gears of War 3.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@Raizeen On PC the piracy rate would multiply by 6

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@BURGERgio Agreed, does not matter how much people want to deny it; that is exactly what happens. why do they think most of AAA games only go on consoles when a PC port is easier?. A lot of PC players (not all, of course) are the ones killing PC gaming.

BURGERgio
BURGERgio

@Raizeen: Gears does not deserve to be on PC anymore. You guys do too much torrent downloads and hacking. Don't get me wrong i like the PC but you guys exploit too many things.

BigRigs93
BigRigs93

Ha I just saw it on a site and really want it but wont download it out of respect despite the massive temptation

Raizeen
Raizeen

Thats what they get for not releasing it on PC xD

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

@RitsukoEX how about you read the message of the person I responded to. Playing cracked PS3 games online is almost impossible now since they have started implementing required checks in place in addition to firmware requirements. The 360 has had online enabled cracked games from almost day one due to DVD drive exploits. I can clearly tell you didn't read the message I was responding to ... -_-

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

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Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@Chaoscomando32 I'll gladly support them if it's comes to PC. lol, but since Epic messed it up with PC community, and never released Gears 2 for PC, I'll gladly use pirated copy (at some extent.) since I didn't have any 360, "lets says I rent it and play it on my friend's gaming system, right" :P ............................................................................................................................... and prices go up isn't always because of piracy, Its because companies have too much control over consumers, well because console market is weak and easily controlled, but being PC users is different, you have bargain point which is made consumers position stronger, some consumers could pirating their products if they didn't do it right. "Although I do agree piracy is bad", (just let you know Epic ruins Gears sequel for PC because Microsoft says so) I'm Epic fans since my childhood back in 2000, now they didn't care about consumer like me "being PC user", then why do I should care about them, right??

Chaoscomando32
Chaoscomando32

@Ladiesman17 Your just as bad as they are. Its poeple like you and your freinds who make the prices go up on games, because of piracy.

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

come on, like this is supposed to be some kind of mind blowing story anyway...typical fight for humanity, kill a bunch of locusts, destroy their base but leave the ending open for a sequel. add a couple new weapons, enemies, and maps. I don't think the leak uncovers anything more intriguing than what i just mentioned.

ScaredySquirrel
ScaredySquirrel

I'm an adult now, I pay for the software I like so i can support the people who make it. I also don't mind the people getting rich making great products that I like, people should get paid for the work they do and making games especially great ones like Gears of War isn't easy! I'll wait until September and enjoy the game fully when I put my disk into my Xbox!

capsulef
capsulef

Haha, sucks bigtime for epic. What is wrong with the 360? Crap system that anyone can mod and piracy is super rampant on it.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

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Lazerith91
Lazerith91

@mrboone01 What not get the reaction you were looking for the first time so you had to come post it again? Talk about a loser...

margimargi17
margimargi17

@youngsexynerd I think you are forgetting PC elitists who run the show

drokmore
drokmore

Well I have no plan to check out this content. I want to experience first hand, so not that big of a deal.

zaiwen
zaiwen

i respect Epic Games & its masterpiece title Gears of War.. there's no way some shtty torrent site is going to make me spoil all the fun Gears of War 3 has to offer.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

What an epic thread full of hidden comments this is

LT-murphy
LT-murphy

gear of war 1 was the best gears of war 2 was a bit crapy and gears of war 3 looks awesome

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

I did see the all of the game play and no way was the game done. Still a lot of bugs and still a lot of things that needed a good clean up. How ever, I have the $150 pre-order and I'm still getting it. Tell you the truth, the game play stuff made me wanna play it even more! No I did not download anything... Don't ask.

jman210
jman210

I can't say for certain since i have never played Uncharted, but gears and uncharted both seem like great games but for different reasons. Oh and BEAST MODE!!! YEEAAAAAA

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

@Torgue203 realize it before its too late Torgue.....

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

Im waiting for Sept. 20 to play. I love the Gears games and i respect them. i wanna play the full game, not some leaked half-done verson. I can wait like a normal person, not some pathetic hacker who cant leave something alone. Gears 3 FTW!

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

@Torgue203 There is a reason they pushed it back. If they released it in April, then half the stuff in Gears 3 would be missing, they didnt have enough time. You need to realize that.

jb9776
jb9776

@monson21502. The same could be said about all video games. Gaming is a copy cat industry, look at how grand theft auto has been copied directly and indirectly. So to say that Sony is copying Microsoft or vice versa is a joke because the industry as a whole tends to copy anything that's hot with consumers.

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

@Sigil-otaku you seem to be a really nice person, that is rare around these parts, its been a pleasure having this debate. who cares anyway i just F***ING love gaming..roll on Deus Ex

payne6705
payne6705

Wow the arrogance of PC players is astounding. I am a PC gamer and I apologize for these outbursts. Epic doesn't owe you guys anything at all. Yeah they brought the first game to the PC and didn't continue with it and I don't blame them. They probably made a hell of a lot more money on the 360 also add in the DLC. Sadly yes pirating made them lose sales and finally the PC game is a dying breed. I don't want to admit it because I love my rig and play it all the time. Yet its getting harder and harder to find some quality games on the PC or decent ported games. What happened to epic games is a horrible thing there is no "lesson" or "betrayal" here just some jerk hackers ruining a project that epic has been developing for awhile.

TheGuardian03
TheGuardian03

Sigh, these studios work hard and now all their work :(.

Mechasmic
Mechasmic

Ha!!! This is great, Epic should have seen this coming. Serves them right. That's what happens when you say things like "Gears 1 and 2 was basically a beta for Gears 3." Jerks. How are you going to wait until the third game to give us independent servers for multiplayer. This is to show epic that they shouldn't be so full of themselves. Lower the prices on your dlc, and support your game from the release. Charging full price on map packs that have two old maps but at a different time of day? Give back to your employees and fans and this wouldn't happen. Gears 3 beta played better than the other two games combined (multiplayer), and that's rediculous.

kokonut1971
kokonut1971

I have no pity for this situation. Epic decided to release the first game on pc and ran with my money and did not continue to offer the franchise on pc and i felt betrayed because of this....blaming different reasons including piracy on pc and this is a mian reason why they moved to consoles with the game and yet here they are, the very victim of their assumptions that consoles are unhackable... what goes around around comes around Epic! i hope this serves as a lesson to the " we only do games for the console because of piracy thing" crowd. in YO face!

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

Why do people do the things that they do do?

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

well not all fanboys r bad, im a sony fanboy an i find this rediculous, video game industry is getting hacked an leaked to death, so we as gamers need to stand together an fight this crap, whether ur a xboxer, a nintendo fanatic or a playstationer!!!

emeraldhillzone
emeraldhillzone

Why is everyone comparing an invasion epic action game to a adventure epic action game? played both... like both... different games completely so focus on the topic! Anyways this is pretty annoying, now means I have to be careful what I search for when keeping up with gears of war 3 development, nobody likes spoilers and I bet it is ripe right now with spoilerific stuff, still cant wait for my epic edition to show up :) gonna be an awesome game regardless.

Lazerith91
Lazerith91

@GOGOGOGURT Lol well yes but we all know when it comes to power, the pc cant be beat. But lets see a bunch of friends come over and have a great time...watching you play your pc. Because they dont allow party play very easily.

GOGOGOGURT
GOGOGOGURT

@Lazerith91 I hope you are being sarcastic about the PC being mighty.

d100la
d100la

@Misfitgraves18 There is a difference between getting hacked and a disgruntled employee being an @$$hole

Lazerith91
Lazerith91

Console fanboys are a desease on the gaming industry. Don't you people realize your just hurting what you apparently love so much? All consoles have their ups and downs. Even the all mighty pc.

Torque203
Torque203

See if they had released the game in April this wouldn't have happen. that is what you get for making us wait so long, I don't feel bad at all

Torque203
Torque203

this wouldn't have happen if you guys had released it in April. so i really don't feel bad. that's what you get for making us wait

AiGeeEn1
AiGeeEn1

hahahhahah!! All these Hackers want their Recognition for their Craft. lmao..way to exploit them Gamespot.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

I wouldn't play the leaked version of this game. I would want to wait for final release so that I don't spoil anything for myself. I want to make sure Epic gets my money as they always earn it keep us gamers happy with some kick a$$ sh@#

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

Jeez these hackers are just pushing for harsher punishments...If it is really a hacker that did this not some disgruntled employeee

monson21502
monson21502

@jb9776, sure there is competition in video games.. they are fighting over who gets our money... i like that naughty dog and sony are trying to copy ms`s big games like halo and gears in anyway they can.. that gives me something to play on my ps3 besides blu ray and netflix:P after playing both beta for gears and uncharted 3 im gonna be buying gears and rented uc3.. uncharted 3 feels like drake should be wearing skates on his feet. you think after the 3rd time naughty dog would fix the sloppy controls....

fadersdream
fadersdream

@h_cj you wouldn't like it, it's consolized.

fadersdream
fadersdream

I'll wait. I love Gears. Playing a broken version isn't worth my time.