Gears of War PC mass breakage

If you’re one of the few people that hasn’t played and beaten the first Gears of War (I’m looking at you, self), you may have to wait a little longer if you get the hankering to do so on the PC. The game’s executable included a provision for online cheat detection, which relied on digital signatures that recently expired. Now before you get all riled up about DRM and such, an EPIC spokesperson has this to say:

The problem is not related to DRM.

The online cheat detection features in Gears of War for Windows are based on digital signatures. Well, we made an embarrassing mistake: we signed the executable with a certificate that expired in a way that broke the game.

We’re working with Microsoft to re-sign the binaries properly, and hope to have this fixed very soon. We know how much this situation sucks, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

In the mean time a work-around for this is to set your computer’s date back to a date before today.

So. Silly but not world-breaking. They’ll have a fix out soon, I’ll wager.

[via The Register]