2007's worst kept gaming secrets

We knew they were happening. The industry said we were wrong. But we weren't.

Gears Of War gets ported to the PC

While similarly vast in time-scale, the shift of the PC version of Gears Of War from rumour to reality was mercifully a little more clean cut. In November 2006, a Windows Vistapromo image appeared in PC Gamer magazine containing Games For Windows box art for Halo 2, Flight Simulator X and GOW. A slip up of banana shoes on ice proportions, whichever way you look at it. Regardless of whether early artwork for an unannounced Gears port had been used by mistake or a naïve designer had used the game as a random mock-up, fanboys went wild.

The fire was fuelled this February when talk from Epic’s Mark Rein stated that a conversion was “inevitable” at some point, but may be years off, given the technology required to run the game.

On the 6th of July though, some video footage reported to be of a PC version appeared online. The story was that the video was Microsoft’s official trailer for the game, planned to debut a few days later at E3. The video was unsurprisingly pulled very quickly and those responsible for its leak no doubt beaten with spikey sticks for several days, Nevertheless Gears Of War for the PC was announced at the show and was released this November.

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Long-time GR+ writer Dave has been gaming with immense dedication ever since he failed dismally at some '80s arcade racer on a childhood day at the seaside (due to being too small to reach the controls without help). These days he's an enigmatic blend of beard-stroking narrative discussion and hard-hitting Psycho Crushers.
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