With so many highly anticipated titles releasing in a strong concentration over the past couple of weeks there was bound to be more than a few copies of those games leaking into the public here and there. Halo 4, for example, doesn’t officially hit store shelves until tomorrow but it has already fallen victim to the dreaded leak.
343 Industries‘ response to the leak, however, was one of swift vengeance and they, along with Microsoft, promised that any gamer caught online without a legitimate copy (i.e. not a member of the press) would suffer the wrath of the ban hammer.
Following right along in Halo 4‘s unexpected footsteps it was revealed over the weekend that Black Ops 2, arguably the most highly anticipated title of the year, has also leaked onto torrent sites. Both the PC and Xbox 360 versions of the game have made their way online, but only the Xbox 360 version appears to be a confirmed retail copy.
And, just to prove that they have it first, gamers are posting videos of the campaign and Zombies mode online to showcase what this next entry in the Call of Duty franchise has to offer. As of right now, neither Treyarch or Activision have yet to respond with a course of action – how they are going to respond to the leak – but Design Director for Black Ops 2, David Vonderhaar has taken to Twitter to get his potshots in.
If you are going to live-stream the game early, which I don’t remotely recommend, you could at least be good at it.
— David Vonderhaar (@DavidVonderhaar) November 4, 2012
There’s no denying the anticipation for titles like Black Ops 2 and Halo 4 has reached a fever pitch, and gamers would do nearly anything to get their hands on an early copy, but doing so illegally never ends up well. There are probably far more gamers who get away with torrenting games or obtaining a copy early from a retailer than who are caught and punished, but nonetheless it devalues the experience.
Moreover, it sets those honest gamers up for features like the Season Pass, which Black Ops 2 and Halo 4 are now offering for the first time in their respective franchises’ history. Obviously a few pirated copies here and there for Black Ops 2 are merely a flash in the pan, but nonetheless Treyarch can’t be pleased. If Activision does respond with a course of action we’ll make sure to update the story as it develops.
How do you feel about gamers pirating copies of Black Ops 2? How should Activision/Microsoft respond?
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 releases November 13, 2012 for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, and November 18th for the Wii U.