Gears of War: Judgment has leaked to torrent sites more than a month ahead of its March 19 release and Microsoft has promised "vigorous action" against those who download illegal copies.
"We are aware of isolated cases in which Gears of War: Judgment content has been propped on the web and are working closely with our security teams and law enforcement to address the situation immediately," a Microsoft spokesperson told Eurogamert.
"Consumers should be aware that piracy is illegal and we take vigorous action against illegal activity related to our products and services."
A similar situation took place ahead of Halo 4's launch in November. At the time, Microsoft said those caught playing illegal copies of 343 Industries' new shooter would potentially face a lifetime Xbox Live ban. With Gears of War: Judgement, the situation is much the same.
For more on Gears of War: Judgment, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.