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Gears of War Remastered Footage Leaked, Leakers' Xboxes Shut Down

Runtime: 00:19    Author: Polygon    Category: Trailers

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.



 

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Comments Comments (11)

 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Friday 15 May 2015 10:32 AM
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Wow that's some serious effects for leaking but fair enough.... As a gamer I'd be devastated if my console and gamer profile got shut down.
 
 
 
Posted by captain X nz
On Friday 15 May 2015 11:33 AM
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A decent showing of HD Gears could push me into getting an XBONE.
 
 
 
Posted by drunk_monk
On Friday 15 May 2015 11:38 AM
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This seems a bit sh*t, and surely borderline illegal. Are they allowed to stop your paid for physical hardware from functioning?

Yea disable the online accounts but I think bricking the console is way too far.
 
 
 
Posted by Coddfish
On Friday 15 May 2015 11:57 AM
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15 May 2015, 11:38 AM Reply to drunk_monk
This seems a bit sh*t, and surely borderline illegal. Are they allowed to stop your paid for physical hardware from functioning?

Yea disable the online accounts but I think bricking the console is way too far.
Is it morally okay? That's definitely something that is subject to debate.

But it's not illegal - it's in the EULA that people agreed to when they signed up for Xbox Live. Until such a law that prevents such clauses from being included in EULAs is passed, it's fine from a legal perspective, as far as I'm aware (granted, I'm not a lawyer).
 
 
 
Posted by Mattress
On Friday 15 May 2015 12:05 PM
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15 May 2015, 10:32 AM Reply to jtbthatsme
Wow that's some serious effects for leaking but fair enough.... As a gamer I'd be devastated if my console and gamer profile got shut down.
No risk of that happening though as long as you aren't deliberately breaching legally binding contracts which are a part of your job :)
 
 
 
Posted by drunk_monk
On Friday 15 May 2015 12:12 PM
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15 May 2015, 11:57 AM Reply to Coddfish
Is it morally okay? That's definitely something that is subject to debate.

But it's not illegal - it's in the EULA that people agreed to when they signed up for Xbox Live. Until such a law that prevents such clauses from being included in EULAs is passed, it's fine from a legal perspective, as far as I'm aware (granted, I'm not a lawyer).
That seems like a fair argument to disable xbox live but making hardware unusable seems a step too far.

I'm far from a lawyer but that's getting pretty anti consumer when a physical thing you paid for can cease to function because you leaked some info. The service yes, the actual device, it just seems wrong to me.
 
 
 
Posted by drunk_monk
On Friday 15 May 2015 12:26 PM
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Actually there is an update. Apparently they confirmed it just blocked online services. Offline the console works fine. I take back all I have said as you can still use the machine itself.
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Friday 15 May 2015 1:50 PM
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Media blowing this up, its just their Online that has been ban hammered. Console still works offline as you'd expect.
 
 
 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Friday 15 May 2015 3:02 PM
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15 May 2015, 01:50 PM Reply to SpawnSeekSlay
Media blowing this up, its just their Online that has been ban hammered. Console still works offline as you'd expect.
Most definitely getting blown up however with more and more games needing an online prescence at all times it (for those who only use your console for gaming or have only a digital games collection) is one and the same. Especially since this is the digital era. I have a lot of games already taking up 1.5 gig of space on my console but only about 4 or 5 of those are on disk so getting your XBL banned basically means all your games (in that instance) are gone as well.

What is not ok though is that it states that any GT's on the console may potentially be banned as well. I have about 6 GT's on my console but only 2 of those people live with us and I don't think the others would be too happy they'd been banned as a result of someone elses actions considering what those consequences (as I've outlined above) can entail.

Please note I am fully aware of the updated status about this.
 
 
 
Posted by kiwiatlarge
On Saturday 16 May 2015 11:47 AM
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Fair enough.. how many people have breached the Playstation Beta system over the years?... People seem to think hiding behind an online name makes them bulletproof... Whether it be a confidential beta that the public isn't supposed to know exists, or court suppressed names..
 
 
 
Posted by ModifiedSoul
On Thursday 25 Jun 2015 12:57 PM
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did no one else here get the invite to Beta test this game last weekend ?