Oops. Modern Warfare 3, the latest instalment in the massively successful Call of Duty shoot ‘em up franchise, has just slipped on to the Pirate Bay. A working dump of the Xbox 360 version is now doing a Spartacus on the Torrent site, and at the time of writing, eight file sharers had already downloaded the entire game, while 542 more were busy downloading it for themselves. And that’s just on one site, in two hours.
Modern Warfare 3 is not due for release until 9 November, but this region-free version has been confirmed as working, and is a huge blow for developer Infinity Ward band publisher Activision. The last Call of Duty game, Black Ops, went on to sell over 23 million copies worldwide, setting world records in the process. If you’re looking forward to playing the game legitimately, you might want to stay off YouTube for the next week or so: we’d expect spoilers imminently.