Copies of COD: Black Ops II are thought to have been sold early in Slovakia, but that’s not the source of the leak. Apparently whoever got a copy of the game and uploaded it is located in the US. Could it be someone working in a manufacturing facility handling production of the discs? That would be my guess.
Developer Treyarch is more disappointed than angry with the leak, most likely because these things inevitably happen to all high-profile games. Halo 4 being a recent example.
David Conderhaar, design director at Treyarch, has taken to Twitter amid gameplay videos and live streams appearing. He asks for those playing the game illegally or early to at least get good at the game before posting footage online.
Activision and Microsoft will no doubt be trying to trace the source of the game and anyone playing the pirate version may also face consequences. When Halo 4 leaked last month Microsoft issued permanent Xbox Live bans to anyone found attempting to play the game online. There’s no reason to think similar punishments won’t be handed out in this instance.
For anyone patiently waiting to purchase a legal copy of the game you can do so a week tomorrow. Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be available on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, with a version for the Wii U arriving in time for the console’s launch on November 18.