In the last couple of days, a handful of videos have popped up showing what looks to be Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, a rumoured but unannounced remastered Xbox One release of the first Gears of War game.
The videos have been pulled from several sites, like YouTube, but not before they could be uploaded elsewhere. You can see one such video embedded above (thanks, Polygon). The footage shown in the clips shows Gears of War with improved lighting effects, textures, and framerate than the original Xbox 360 release.
Since then, Microsoft and VMC Games, a contract company handling testing of the game, have punished leakers by removing then from VMC's program, permanently banning their Xbox Live accounts, and making their Xbox One consoles entirely unusable for a temporary but unspecified period of time.
This is the pertinent part of an email sent out to all testers by VMC, which was obtained by Kotaku:
The nature of the leak having had occurred through Xbox One, actually also went against the Microsoft EULA, which is agreed upon when creating an Xbox LIVE account, or any other type of Microsoft account. This being said, as per that agreement with the testers in fault, Microsoft also permanently disabled their Xbox LIVE accounts (as well as other suspected accounts present on their Xbox One kits) and temporarily blocked all of their Xbox One privileges – meaning that for a period of time which Microsoft decides on depending on the severity of the offense, their Xbox One is entirely unusable.
These leaks come not long after a game called Gears of War: Ultimate Edition was rated by Brazil's ratings board, Classificação Indicativa, along with something called Dishonored Definitive Edition. In April, sources told Polygon about the game, which is said to be in development at Brink and Dirty Bomb studio Splash Damage.
With E3 just a month away, it's likely that any announcements Microsoft may have will be made there.