An investigation is underway to find out how a portion of Epic Games' upcoming Gears of War 3 was leaked to the public, according to a 1UP report. A portion of Epic Games' upcoming Gears of War 3 was recently leaked onto the Internet. Right now Epic Games has no idea how the game, which is still in development and months away from release made it out into the public. Microsoft, who holds the publishing rights to the Xbox 360 exclusive franchise, is looking into the situation and has assured fans that the leaked code is not the final product.
"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," a Microsoft statement sent to IGN over the weekend reads. "This content is not from a final build and is not representative of what fans will enjoy when the game launches."
According to 1UP and other sources, the leaked version of the game contains only early campaign content and some multiplayer. The code requires a modded Xbox 360 to play, as is the case with most copied games.
Epic Games Design Director Cliff Bleszinski told Twitter followers to read the statement from Microsoft and asked followers to stop asking him about it. He added that hearing news about it made him "sad" and news stories about the situation only "draw attention" to the damage the leak may do.
Gears of War 3 releases on September 20.