Epic Games is taking the leak of footage from Gears of War 3 very seriously.
Executive Producer Rod Fergusson told Eurogamer it has ways of tracking those who shared spoiler videos. Fergusson said Epic issued a plea to players not to share spoiler videos and some who did could find themselves banned on September 20, 2011, when GOW 3 releases.
He noted that some people involved with the leak haven’t been smart about it. One crashed a chat that Fergusson was leading and began giving out spoilers, ruining the whole experience for everyone. Others had the nerve to view complaints about having plot points ruined for them. The producer said that Epic doesn’t value people who don’t value the game’s community. He would rather remove a few of what he described as bad apples that ruin it for everyone. It’s getting harder and harder for game publishers to keep the stories in the games under wraps.
Fergusson said Epic has worked with law enforcement officials to find out who was behind the video leaks. His comments are raising some concerns. Banning seems like a fair punishment for those who stole from Epic, for all intents and purposes. But is he suggesting somebody who forwarded a video should get banned as well? That could be taking it a little too far. That’s assuming Epic could actually track down every single person who shared video. If that’s true, Epic is working with technology far beyond that of any video game publisher.
As the constant flow of information makes it harder and harder to keep things under wraps, we’ll see such controversies continue. In the midst of all this, there’s a shooter with huge anticipations to play soon.
Gears of War 3 comes to the Xbox 360 September 20, 2011.