The story in Call of Duty: Black Ops II is about advanced technology gone wrong. Perhaps the people responsible for pirating it could say they’re making some kind of ironic commentary. More likely, they’re just in it for a quick buck. The Xbox 360 version of the latest CoD sequel has leaked and is already available for extremely illegal purchase. That’s about a week ahead of its November 13, 2012 release date.
Pirates and their customers aren’t even ashamed of their ill gotten gaming. Spoilers and gameplay streams are appearing on websites. Activision’s fully aware of the problem. Black Ops II Design Director David Vonderhaar has commented on his Twitter feed.
“If you are going to live-stream the game early, which I don’t remotely recommend, you could at least be good at it,” he tweeted. Vonderhaar said real Call of Duty: Black Ops II live streams are coming soon.
Sadly, this is happening regularly with hotly anticipated games. Halo 4 leaked a month early. Call of Duty games going all the way back to the first Modern Warfare have leaked. Vonderhaar’s humorous reaction is as about as much indignation as you’ll get from the Activision family. Most people that pick up the game will do so through honest means, rather than risk consequences such as a permanent ban from Xbox Live or PlayStation Network.
The latest Black Ops will likely be one of the year’s biggest sellers. Other contenders in the military shooter arena, Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier, didn’t live up to lofty expectations. That especially stings for Future Soldier, since Black Ops II spins a tale of futuristic warfare. An Ubisoft executive couldn’t resist pointing out the similarities. Future Soldier underwhelmed, however. It seems certain that from a sales standpoint, the latest CoD will out future a franchise that was there first.