Epic Games is working to fix a bug that has suddenly made Gears of War PC unplayable.
The problem is caused by the expiration of the Windows digital certificate for the game. When trying to load Gears of War PC, players are halted by a pop-up message: "You cannot run the game with modified executable code. Please reinstall the game."
"We have been notified of the issue and are working with Microsoft to get it resolved. Sorry for any problems related to this. I'll post more once we have a resolution," said "joeGraf", Epic Games programmer, on the Gears of War PC forum.
"Yes, this was a surprise to us too. We aren't casting blame or chewing anyone out. We're trying to figure out how and why it happened so we can get it fixed."
Meanwhile, the internet has found a temporary solution: as the certificate expires on 29th January 2009, simply set the Windows system clock back to a date prior to that.
Gears of War PC launched at the end of 2007, complete with extra content not seen in the Xbox 360 original, such the fight with the Brumak. We said 9/10.
Unfortunately, however, Epic has decided not to port the sequel, leaving Xbox 360 as the exclusive platform.