Modern Warfare 3 release date broken; early play not allowed

If you happen to purchase a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 early, but legitimately, from a retailer that has chosen to break the current release embargo of Tuesday, November 8, don't try to play the game on your Xbox 360 or PS3 console. Joystiq reports that a number of Kmart stores have mistakenly sold copies of the first person shooter from Activision to customers.

Some of those customers have turned around and tried to sell those advanced copies of the game via eBay (although eBay has apparently shut down those online auction listings quickly). However the disturbing thing is even if you get lucky and get a copy from a retailer who doesn't know about the release date embargo, it may not be safe for you to play the game.

Stephen Tolouse, who is Microsoft's Director of Policy and Enforcement for Xbox Live, posted on his Twitter page on Thursday, "dblchk'd with Activision. Mw3 pre-release play not authorized. So pls be patient. Playing early may impact your account!"

Personally, we don't think it's all that cool that people who get the game via a mistake from a retailer shouldn't be punished by playing Modern Warfare 3 early. The consumer paid $60 (or more if they get the Hardened Edition) to purchase the game. Technically it's not their fault that the retailer didn't follow their orders to not sell the game before Tuesday. Activision should be happy that their game is being purchased by consumers and just allow them the chance to play anyway.

Still, our advice is if this situation happens to you, don't risk your Xbox Live or Playstation Network account over it. Just be happy you have the game early and start playing at 12:01 am on Tuesday in your time zone.

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Amazon sent me modern warfare 2 early, I played it an my account wasn't touched. Prior to this game didn't they just reset your online play?

Yeah that'll help Activision, banning your paying customers. That won't annoy them at all. Nope.

Meanwhile, the pirates who are clever enough to hide themselves playing cracked copies will get away scat free

DrCheese said,
Yeah that'll help Activision, banning your paying customers. That won't annoy them at all. Nope.

Meanwhile, the pirates who are clever enough to hide themselves playing cracked copies will get away scat free

SCAT free?! I hope EVERY customer gets away SCAT free!!! Presumably you meant SCOT free? SCAT free is an entirely different thing!

PsYcHoKiLLa said,

SCAT free?! I hope EVERY customer gets away SCAT free!!! Presumably you meant SCOT free? SCAT free is an entirely different thing!

While they may be so, I think his mistake merely compliments the fact that all MW players are poo-throwing downs victims.

AFineFrenzy said,

While they may be so, I think his mistake merely compliments the fact that all MW players are poo-throwing downs victims.

I think that's a bit unfair... it only really started getting bad some time after CoD4 when the ten year olds started migrating away from Halo. Oh, and the non-MW CoDs are no exception to the rule.

They deserve to get the game pirated then, seriously ... it's like buying DVD films, I've stopped because it's full of copyright warnings and adverts, compared to a pirate download which simply has the film.
It seems to me, the paying customer gets less these days.

Exosphere said,
They deserve to get the game pirated then, seriously ... it's like buying DVD films, I've stopped because it's full of copyright warnings and adverts, compared to a pirate download which simply has the film.
It seems to me, the paying customer gets less these days.

I don't know what your problem is with retail movies. Sure they have adverts for other movies before you can watch the movie on the disc, and then you have to get warning not to pirate the movie you've paid for... but, doesn't that give you time to go make a coffee, grab popcorn from the local store, feed the fish, wash the kitchen floor and give the kids a bath before you sit down and enjoy the movie? Think of it more as a bonus extra time out to relax before your movie.

Exosphere said,
They deserve to get the game pirated then, seriously ... it's like buying DVD films, I've stopped because it's full of copyright warnings and adverts, compared to a pirate download which simply has the film.
It seems to me, the paying customer gets less these days.

thats right... what its sad its that its extending to consoles, where the experience should be put and use, nowdays its all about online pass, input keys and codes, tied to a account, making a physical media game more annoying, too much hassle and its ridiculous the level of control they want to force for the legit users treating us like pirates or thiefs....

Exosphere said,
They deserve to get the game pirated then, seriously ... it's like buying DVD films, I've stopped because it's full of copyright warnings and adverts, compared to a pirate download which simply has the film.
It seems to me, the paying customer gets less these days.

100% agree with you, these big companies moan about people who pirate the games saying its destroying the industry, yet on the other hand their shafting everyone who pays them money because of a fault of the supplier.....The reason Activision even care about people playing early blows my mind.... the money is in your till, the shareholders are happy....

SickDave said,

100% agree with you, these big companies moan about people who pirate the games saying its destroying the industry, yet on the other hand their shafting everyone who pays them money because of a fault of the supplier.....The reason Activision even care about people playing early blows my mind.... the money is in your till, the shareholders are happy....


+1

TFA
Activision should be happy that their game is being purchased by consumers and just allow them the chance to play anyway.

Oh come on, this is Activision we're talking about. They seem to hate their customers, what with their always on DRM, but often down Auth servers. This is really par for the course as far as they go

eilegz said,
its so easy to shut off the servers.... and not allow anyone in before the date...

... and for those that brought it for the single player gameplay?

Still, if I had seen it in the stores I'd have picked up a copy and been playing it. As far as I was concerned it'd be out to buy when its released. If I could buy it, then it was released. I don't follow release dates and jump in queues on the release day im not that sucked into the games to spend hours trying to get it as soon as its released. Hell, I still buy the old games from 2-3 years ago for my xbox and enjoy them just as much as if they were only 1-2days old.
I assume how the publishers are acting about all this, I'd be one of the ones who'd be banned for no other reason then not being clued up as much as the hardcore gamer community. Meh. Really makes me not want to fork over that £40 for a new game anymore and just buy trade in games, lets see who gets the profits from that.

eilegz said,
its so easy to shut off the servers.... and not allow anyone in before the date...

I'm not going to say this is nto at all possible because they can just pull the plug entirely but it would be very foolish for them to do such a thing. And besides - just because the general public cant be playing it early doesnt mean that NO ONE else isnt doing so already.

Wow this is getting overly ridiculous, I mean just simply not being able to play a game you got a day early (pre-order) because there is some (excuse the language) retarded release-date check in place is on thing, not having such a check and then punishing players for playing the game when they get it is... I don't have words for it...

Sometimes I wonder, what's with these publishers, do they dislike their customers more like pirates? Sure feels great to be treated like a criminal after paying €40-60 for the game...

*puts on beard*

I remember in my day before these newfangled games had so much online functionality that if you bought a game before its release you could put it in your PS2/SNES/Dreamcast and play the darn thing. Heck you could even play it when the interwebs was out...

*takes off beard*

0veR said,
Not sure why we need to wait till 8. when game is ready now.

Dont you understand? if you play games or watch movies before their release date across all retail outlets, potatoes......

I'd love a good honest answer to your question.

Okay I understand where everybody is coming from, but don't Activision have a right to protect their property until release date? The game isn't even out yet, and people are complaining about purchasing the game BEFORE THE RELEASE DATE and not being able to PLAY IT. Come on guys.

Xxgreatestever said,
Okay I understand where everybody is coming from, but don't Activision have a right to protect their property until release date? The game isn't even out yet, and people are complaining about purchasing the game BEFORE THE RELEASE DATE and not being able to PLAY IT. Come on guys.

Protect it from what exactly? Legal Purchase?

Are they seriously going to ban people who get the chance to buy an early copy? These aren't pirates we're talking about here but legitimate customers with legal copies.

One sure way to turn a customer into a pirate is to treat him like one.

The multiplayer servers went live today, so unless they are trying to bait the line , so to speak. I don't think they are going to punish anyone who isn't pirating the game.

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