Gears of War 3 Producer 'Saddened' and 'Frustrated' by Leak

August 3, 2011 -

In an extensive interview with Edge published this morning, Epic's Rod Fergusson admitted that the premature leak earlier this month of a development build of Gears Of War 3 has been a mental drain on the development team. Fergusson, who is the executive producer on the game, calls the leak "saddening" and "frustrating," but is most upset with those individuals who went out of their way to reveal key plot points in the upcoming game that could spoil the story for some players.

"It's people choosing to ruin their own experience," he tells Edge. "I get people going, 'oh no, I just watched this thing on YouTube and it's totally given away something'. And I go, 'well, why did you go looking and why did you watch it?'"

"We're extremely diligent about getting that stuff taken down and issued a call to fans to not perpetuate it…and just keeping track of those who do," Fergusson continues. "I don't think everybody's aware of the potential repercussions of those types of actions."

You can read the rest of the interview here. It's highly unlikely that the leaked early build of the game will have any impact on sales on the long run, but it is never a good feeling to have something shown to the general public that isn't quite done yet.


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Re: Gears of War 3 Producer 'Saddened' and 'Frustrated' by Leak

Atreyu, that's a good idea, plus it wouldn't be that costly to implement something like that. I also wonder, regretfully, if there can't be tighter security measures at work to prevent this sort of thing.

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Re: Gears of War 3 Producer 'Saddened' and 'Frustrated' by Leak

The Movie Studio's had a similar problem over a decade ago in regards to security. Having those employees or other contractors with access seeking to release entire movies. That's why Film Arts academies like the Oscars have films carried in securely. Minimizing the "chain of custody" in exposing a film unnecessarily to the wrong hands or making themselves a target. 

Hopefully the game developer or publisher performs a security audit. To plug any further potential leaks of the IP during development. Or hire an outside security firm as a consultant to improve their security procedures.

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Re: Gears of War 3 Producer 'Saddened' and 'Frustrated' by Leak

Wow, he's actually frustrated for the right reasons.

Just please don't treat the rest of us like criminals.

 
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IronPatriotBut hey, you're welcome.05/29/2015 - 5:23am
Andrew EisenEZK did say he didn't find any info on the appeals process. And if all he did was look at the ratings process part of the ESRB's website, he wouldn't have. That's where I would have looked too. But hey, thanks for being thorough and finding the info.05/29/2015 - 5:01am
Andrew EisenDude, again. I am NOT saying there is no appeals process. THERE OBVIOUSLY IS. All I am saying is that the appeals process is not described in the ratings process part of the ESRB's website.05/29/2015 - 4:59am
IronPatriotI googled appeal esrb.org and it is the first and third hits. Second is esrb talking about appeals for web publishers. Gamefaqs is fourth.05/29/2015 - 4:01am
IronPatriotZachary said he did not find any information about a formal appeals process. I did a simple search and found two places on the esrb site with the info. Just sayin.05/29/2015 - 3:57am
IronPatriotOn Google I get "1 Written Testimony of Patricia E. Vance President ... - ESRB" http://www.esrb.org/about/news/downloads/pvtestimony_6_14_06.pdf05/29/2015 - 3:55am
Andrew EisenNow, that post on GameFAQs was made four years ago. It appears the ESRB has since moved the appeals process stuff behind the publisher login on its website.05/29/2015 - 3:32am
Andrew EisenOh, third link on the Google search. Okay. That leads to a GameFAQs message board which quotes a section of the ESRB website that includes a description of the appeals process. But when you follow the link, that quote doesn't exist.05/29/2015 - 3:30am
Andrew EisenThird link down from what? Look, I'm not arguing the existance of an appeals process. There obviously is one. I was merely noting that it's odd that it isn't described on the website's ratings process section but it is on the mobile site.05/29/2015 - 3:25am
IronPatriotOK, so use the third link down, which describes the appeals process and is not on the mobile site"Publishers also have the ability to appeal an ESRB rating assignment to an Appeals Board, which is made up of publishers, retailers and other professionals."05/29/2015 - 2:47am
Andrew EisenRight, which links to the ESRB's mobile site. On the website (again, unless I'm overlooking it) the appeals process is locked behind the publisher login.05/29/2015 - 2:37am
IronPatriotHuh? Google "appeals esrb". It is the first link. Click it. No login requested.05/29/2015 - 2:31am
Andrew EisenInteresting. It's on the mobile site but unless I'm overlooking it, I don't see it under the Ratings Process on the web site. It is under the publishers section but you can't access it without a login.05/29/2015 - 2:13am
IronPatriot"Publishers also have the ability to appeal an ESRB rating assignment to an Appeals Board made up of publishers, retailers and other professionals. " Esrb05/29/2015 - 2:01am
IronPatriotZachary, did you look on the esrb site? The esrb appeals process pops up when you search "esrb appeals" http://m.esrb.org/faq_09.php05/29/2015 - 2:00am
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Matthew WilsonDanny and Andy play the first couple of levels of the upcoming Hatred http://www.gamespot.com/videos/hatred-gamespot-plays/2300-6425016/ imho it does not look like it should be AO.05/28/2015 - 5:57pm
 

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