Epic Games' Mark Rein has once again smacked down rumours of a PC version of Gears of War, after various blogs picked up on references to the game in drivers for NVIDIA graphics cards.
"You know console games are developed on PCs, right? Even if we never release Gears of War on PC we still need to run the game on PC to develop and test content for it," he wrote on the Epic forum.
"Our first E3 demo, over two years ago, was done on an PC equipped with dual NVIDIA graphics cards. That was how we simulated the power of Xbox 360 before there was actually a real Xbox 360 to run on."
Speculation about a PC version has been rife ever since Gears' Xbox 360 release, but Rein's continually put it down, saying there's nothing to announce.
Explaining the latest "leak", which noted the presence of references to a "Gears of War" profile and executable in the latest NVIDIA "Forceware", he said:
"We gave NVIDIA a copy of wargame.exe (along with some sample content from Gears) so they could help us tweak Unreal Engine 3 performance and reliability on NVIDIA graphics chips.
"That was necessary to make the development tools perform well and ensure that their drivers would support UE3 going forward."
Previous Gears speculation has centred around comments made in interviews, and even a mock-up image of a Windows Vista retail display that had a Gears box nestled in the bottom tier.