Oct. 28, 2011 at 12:55 PM ET
Listen up ye scurvy dogs, if you're already playing the year's most anticipated game, then you might want to stop.
We're talking "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" here, which hasn't actually launched yet but apparently has been stolen and pirated.
VentureBeat reports that pirates have managed to get their hands on at least a partial copy of the PC version of the game — which doesn't officially launch until Nov. 8.
According to their report, an employee at a shipping warehouse in Fresno stole a single disc, which then — thanks to the powers of the Internets — began spreading far and wide via torrent sites. That employee, however, only stole Disc 2 of a two-disc PC set.
Venture beat also reports that Activision is actively hunting down pirated copies of their highly anticipated game and is asking players to delete the illegal copies or potentially face fines.
Meanwhile, game site Kotaku posted a YouTube video that allegedly showed a PS3 copy of the game being played.
The video has since been pulled with only this message remaining: "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Activision Games Inc."
This is hardly the first time this sort of thing has happened. In fact, the previous "Call of Duty: Black Ops" was pirated in advance of launch and was eventually named the most pirated game of 2010. Earlier this year, "Crysis 2," "Killzone 3" and "Gears of War 3" were leaked ahead of their release dates as well.
"Modern Warfare 3," however, is perhaps the biggest of the big game launches this year. But seriously people, you only have to wait 11 more days before you get a legit and complete copy of the game ... and then you won't have to fret about Activision's men in black knocking on your front door as you play it.
Until then, you could always kill some time by, oh, I dunno, playing "Battlefield 3" or something.
*Ducks ... runs for cover.*
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