Last year, Epic Games announced that "Gears of War" fans would have the ultimate say on the fate of character Carmine. If you purchased a t-shirt – either "Save Carmine" or "Carmine Must Die" printed on the front – you had the opportunity not only to decide what would happen, but to donate to a great cause, as well. When all the votes were tallied, the campaign had raised over $150,000 for Child's Play. We won't really know Carmine's fate until "Gears of War 3" releases, but it sounds like Epic have taken precautions to ensure it's a surprise either way.
According to Digital Spy, the developer actually wrote both versions of Carmine's story into "Gears 3," all in an attempt to deter possible leaks. Now that's a company devoted to a non-spoiler release. Epic president, Mike Capps, addressed the issue during a GamesCom 2011 talk.
"We actually wrote both [endings] in the game just in case the game leaked so no-one would be able to tell what happens," Capps said. "And so we won't tell you now. [On] September 20 everyone will find out."
Maybe it doesn't sound like such a big deal to write an alternate story for Carmine, but it's actually quite cool that Epic was that dedicated to keeping the entire affair a surprise. The last we heard, Carmine was actually beating the reaper. You may be filled with trash-talking children, Xbox Live, but we know you're really just a big softy.
Epic has faced some "Gears 3" leaks already, namely a build of the game appearing on torrent sites. More humorously, the game's announcement was originally leaked thanks to a scheduling mix-up with Justin Bieber on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.