It seems Activision’s super-tight security still isn’t quite up to scratch, as the publisher today confirms Call of Duty: Black Ops has been leaked onto popular torrent sites ahead of the game’s launch.
Both Activision and developer Treyarch have a right to feel aggravated by the incident: a similar event occurred just prior to the launch of the original Black Ops in 2010, with a batch of retail versions of the game allegedly stolen from a pressing plant in Alabama. The aptly-named ‘Ungodly Leaker’ later published images of one such stolen copy, weeks before the game was officially released.
Activision’s latest statement follows up closely after a gameplay video of the leaked build was uploaded to YouTube, and has been quick to down-play the leak. “The video posted is from a development demo build, using developer tools meant for testing,” it said. “The retail build was never accessed or compromised.”
According to Now Gamer, the video showed off multiplayer gameplay from multiplayer map ‘Yemen’ and opened with a statement from Studio Head of Treyarch, Mark Lamia, bigging up the game’s new anti-cheat systems. That particular message was taken from an official promotional video. Oh the irony.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is released worldwide on the 13th November 2012.