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Gears of War for XP & Vista

Gears of War PC was announced by Microsoft at their E3 media briefing last night, rolling out CliffyB to present the news to the press. PC gamers get the welcome news that the game will include PC-specific content in the form of five new single-player missions (which will support co-op) as well as a level editor. Perhaps more welcome is the news that the game will run under Windows XP as well as Windows Vista, confirming that Windows Live will not be Vista only. Epic also announced support for Windows Live in Unreal 3, and that Sega, Eidos, and THQ have all signed on to support the nascent multiplayer service. The (already leaked) trailer showing off the PC edition of the game can be found on ActionTrip. This press release covers this and the rest of Microsoft's announcements kicking off the show. Here's a bit:

“Gears of War” will emerge on Windows XP-based and Windows Vista-based PCs this holiday with five new campaign chapters, a new multiplayer mode and a new game editor that will unleash the creativity of “Gears of War” players — only available for Windows. “Gears of War” will also take advantage of DirectX® 10 graphics technology, which is only available on Windows Vista. Also today, Epic Games unveiled the addition of Games for Windows – LIVE integration to the award winning Unreal® Engine 3. This landmark announcement will make it easier than ever for game developers using Epic’s next-generation technology to take advantage of Microsoft’s online gaming network.

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41. Re: GFW Live Still a POS? Jul 12, 2007, 12:16 wolve
Of course it does. It is the publisher NOT the developer who makes that determination because the publisher is paying for the game's development. If Microsoft insists that the game use Live, then guess what? It WILL use Live.
Based on your logic, whatever Epic stated in the past regarding their stance on GFW Live is irrelevant simply because Gears is a MS Published title. Alright, fine.

I can also argue that MS could have chosen another development studio to port Gears to PC. I doubt MS is pointing a gun at Epic and forcing them to work on the PC version. It seems to me that Epic is purposely STFU on the whole GFW Live mess because in the end it's all about business and making money.

As someone else said to me, it's up to gamers to vote with their wallets. I don't know how other gamers feel, but I'm very hesitant to buy any PC game that uses GFW Live.
This comment was edited on Jul 12, 12:18.
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