It’s only out in a month’s time, but Gears of War: Judgement, the next game in the blockbuster third person shooter franchise has been leaked online, meaning once again that pirates get to play before paying customers. It’s popped up on torrent sites and other bits of the internet’s seedy underbelly; just know this – playing the game online will probably get your console banned.
"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," Microsoft ‘s PR chap Graeme Selvan told us.
"Consumers should be aware that piracy is illegal and we take vigorous action against illegal activity related to our products and services."
It’s warned that illicitly playing the game before release will likely result in a permanent ban from the Xbox Live service.
Microsoft should also put an eye towards its own distribution and manufacture – because every single high-profile Xbox 360 release is leaked well in advance of retail availability. Every single one.