A high-profile game release isn’t complete without the game somehow making way to the streets before the official street date.
Often it’s something as simple as a retailer breaking street date. This time, though, it’s a case of outright theft.
Someone got a copy of Call of Duty:Black Ops from the Alabama plant where the game is manufactured. Hooked Gamers reports the thief sold copies of the game and one of them ended up in the hands of a hacker.
Things got really crazy from there as Treyarch Community Manager Josh Olin registered for the hacking forum. He then apparently got banned from the forum but contacted a member through Twitter. I suspect from there he threatened as much legal action as one possibly can in 140 characters. At this point, it is probably a matter of time before the much anticipated shooter gets leaked in full.
The purchaser, IDed on the forum as “Ungodly Leaker,” was responsible for the recent leak of Halo:Reach. If Activision ever identifies this guy or gal, it will likely send a covert ops squad to the hacker’s house. I wouldn’t find incurring the wrath of Activision and Treyarch worth having Black Ops two weeks early. Maybe I’m just not adventurous enough.
Call of Duty:Black Ops’ legitimate release date is November 9, 2010, for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. If you buy or play it before then, you are doing so at your own risk. Don’t blame us if the Activision Shock Troops do a door breach on your living room. You have been warned.