Despite living in the age of carefully-worded non-disclosure agreements, it still seems like it is close to impossible for any major studio to keep a new game a secret before its official announcement. We've seen a flood of leaks in the months leading up to this year's E3 and Microsoft, despite their strict NDA policies, has definitely not been an exception.
Multiple testers for the upcoming Gears of War: Ultimate Edition spoiled the game's announcement and gameplay reveal and Microsoft is doing all that it can to punish those testers. Although the shared footage is from a very early Xbox One test, many gamers will inevitably associate the unofficial footage with the upcoming game's quality. We're sure there is still plenty of work to be done on the game, but now that the footage is out there, it certainly doesn't hurt to take a closer look at it.
The GOWSeriesVideos YouTube channel pulled down the leaked footage and recreated the same encounters that showcase the Gnasher and the frag grenades in the original game. The video shows the two different version one after another and then side-by-side. Although this is still a very early version of the game, some fans might not be very satisfied with the apparent upgrade. Take a look for yourself in the video above.
There's no denying that the environment has benefited from the upgrade, with enhanced details on the stairs, walls, and lighting effects. The game's apocalyptic sci-fi world definitely benefits from a current-gen upgrade. That said, aside from some color improvement, the look of the playable characters and damage effects aren't all that different from the original.
The explosion of flesh after the frag grenade lands is particularly surprising in its similarity to the original. The look and feel of the original entries in the series have definitely been retained, but if the Ultimate Edition ends up costing shoppers a full $60, then hopefully the final product's graphics are a lot sharper than what we're seeing here.
We expect this video to be taken down in a hurry, so check it out while you still have a chance. With E3 2015 just around the corner, hopefully Microsoft will take the opportunity to showcase a more polished version of the game while the company holds the stage.
What do you think of the side-by-side comparison? If footage is shown at E3, do you expect it to look a lot better than this? Let us know in the comments.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition has not been officially announced.