Monday, October 17th 2011

Battlefield 3 Torrent Leak: An Inside Job?

DICE's PC version has been leaked to various torrent sites almost two weeks before release on October 28th, with console versions being safe for now, DSOGaming reports. This is perhaps unsurprising because most, if not all high profile games are leaked early one way or another. It looks like it might have possibly been done by a retailer – but why would they risk reducing sales of the product like this? Perhaps a disgruntled employee? We can only speculate. Apparently, the single player campaign is fully playable and the file size weighs in at around 10GB.

The one thing that seems to hold true about such situations, as undesirable as they are, is that a game's success will be on its own merit, regardless of how much it has been downloaded illegally. No doubt though, however large the profits from this game turn out to be (and they're likely to be substantial for this triple A title) the publishers will complain that they would have been even bigger without piracy, but without being able to offer any actual proof of this, of course.

Source: DSOGaming
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96 Comments on Battlefield 3 Torrent Leak: An Inside Job?

#1
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Thanks to Shihabyooo for the lead. :toast:
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#2
entsyymi
The single player ain't playable tho, so this is false in that matter.
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qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: entsyymi
The single player ain't playable tho, so this is false in that matter.
In that case it's a useless torrent for the pirates? Let's hope so.
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#4
n-ster
BF3's appeal, at least to me, is it's multiplayer o.O I don't really care that much about SP

If SP is playable, if anything, it might make the pirates want to buy the game for MP... If they don't have the means, well it is no loss in sales for EA
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#5
1c3d0g
by: qubit
In that case it's a useless torrent for the pirates? Let's hope so.
Speak for yourself. I hope it's playable! :D

/me downloads BF3 torrent...
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qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
[quote="n-ster, post: 2428467"]BF3's appeal, at least to me, is it's multiplayer o.O I don't really care that much about SP

If SP is playable, if anything, it might make the pirates want to buy the game for MP... If they don't have the means, well it is no loss in sales for EA[/QUOTE]

Exactly, +1.
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#7
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
You guys realize it does not matter this has leaked early. Games leak early all the time, takes 3-5 days for someone to get a crack out, until then go be a PIRATE to keep your cravings at BAY. Anyway, the people at the time usually are saying OH GOD RAZOR911/DEVIANCE/WHOEVER PLEASE RELEASE THE CRACK.

tl;dr version: released games don't get broken immediately, if ever (for instance Crysis beta)
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#8
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
Like said the SP is not playable, you can't even install it. Honestly, all it's good for is once you have your key, you won't have to sit with everyone else downloading the pre-load. And I don't think a game like the BF series matters much for pirating. They are pushing the SP more in this one, and like said, if it is great it will just convince them to buy the full game. But most people are buying this for the MP, and the SP is a bonus. I got over 550 hours into BC2 yet I have maybe 2 hours into the campaign.
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#9
NC37
Preload starts on the 21st. I thought this was launching the 25th?

Well the SP of BC2 was pretty lame. Almost a direct copy of MW2 in the base plot. I can see why people like you only put 2hrs into it. Heck I played it once, never again. But I played the original BC campaign quite a few times. Was a lot more fun.
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#10
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: NC37
Preload starts on the 21st. I thought this was launching the 25th?
The date probably depends on the territory. You know how these companies love "release windows". :rolleyes:
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#11
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
leaks are always inside jobs. only noobs would speculate otherwise.
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#12
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
by: NC37
Preload starts on the 21st. I thought this was launching the 25th?

Well the SP of BC2 was pretty lame. Almost a direct copy of MW2 in the base plot. I can see why people like you only put 2hrs into it. Heck I played it once, never again. But I played the original BC campaign quite a few times. Was a lot more fun.
It didn't even have much to do with the story, I just remember buying BF games that didn't even have a SP mode, it's just not what I buy them for. I did enjoy BC1 a lot, but I finally forced myself to go back and play the campaign right before BC2 came out. And I am glad I did, I loved the humor. I didn't really give BC2 SP a chance, but thats just because it's not what I really wanted out of the game, SP is just a bonus, but I would actually much rather see no SP and more time put into the MP.
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#13
[H]@RD5TUFF
I really am begining to believe that companies "leak" their games as an excuse to stop making games for PC so they can cry about piracy.
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Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: [H]@RD5TUFF
I really am begining to believe that companies "leak" their games as an excuse to stop making games for PC so they can cry about piracy.
they dont need an excuse. they can just raise their middle finger and walk away. that's what i would do anyway.
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#15
random
Most games for consoles are usually leaked a week or two before release, either someone has an early copy of the final product or whatever else. Imo, it would be an issue if it is cracked early for PC since you don't need a jail-broken system and everyone would have access to it but I can also say that it is near impossible to do it on PC before release date as no original .exe exists, people can try but all they'd be doing is wasting their bandwidth and infecting their operating systems.
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#16
AphexDreamer
No one can play those torrents, but lets just say I managed to pre-load my game early ;)

I did buy the game yall... FYI

Origin name is Nonlin.

Since the game needs Origin no one can run it. They cracked it, but once its ran Origin comes up asking for a key. Since no one has a valid key yet (less you managed to open a retail box, still only gets to be used one time) no one can play. Just helps to download early so you can install it the day it comes out and we get our keys.

Also it has a date check, but I think that's what the crack helps get rid of.
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#17
DigitalUK
doesnt make any difference fans that brought BF2 will buy BF3 anyway, the only people who would download it would be people who never would have brought BF3 in the first place or inpatience BF3 fans that want a sneak peek (if SP crack was there), but dam this month is taking ages to go by.
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#18
erocker
by: Easy Rhino
leaks are always inside jobs. only noobs would speculate otherwise.
The shrinkwrap machine operator did it. I think his name is Larry.
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#19
jasper1605
by: erocker
The shrinkwrap machine operator did it. I think his name is Larry.
He's been on leave for 3 months; they hired in a third party shrinkwrapper. Erwin I believe is the culprit we're looking for.
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#20
random
by: AphexDreamer
No one can play those torrents, but lets just say I managed to pre-load my game early ;)

I did buy the game yall... FYI

Origin name is Nonlin.

Since the game needs Origin no one can run it. They cracked it, but once its ran Origin comes up asking for a key. Since no one has a valid key yet (less you managed to open a retail box, still only gets to be used one time) no one can play. Just helps to download early so you can install it the day it comes out and we get our keys.
I pre-ordered a physical copy since I definitely want this game in my DVD stacker :), I'll need to buy an external DVD/BD later on though >.< as I'd have no way to install it lulz. Isn't everyone able to pre-load the game though through origin?
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#21
AphexDreamer
by: random
I pre-ordered a physical copy since I definitely want this game in my DVD stacker :), I'll need to buy an external DVD/BD later on though >.< as I'd have no way to install it lulz. Isn't everyone able to pre-load the game though through origin?
If we are I can't, not yet at least. Also you might just be able to use your key in Origin and download the game, keep ya from having to get an external. But if your internet is slow and you'd rather install from the disc then well yeah :p
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#22
[H]@RD5TUFF
by: Easy Rhino
they dont need an excuse. they can just raise their middle finger and walk away. that's what i would do anyway.
Yeah, I am just getting sick of companies crying about this stuff when plenty of legit gamers still buy and enjoy their games on PC.
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#23
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: [H]@RD5TUFF
Yeah, I am just getting sick of companies crying about this stuff when plenty of legit gamers still buy and enjoy their games on PC.
i barely enjoy games so i rarely buy them. most are pure crap that you spend 20 minutes playing and realize you have an addiction to games that need fixed. go outside!
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#24
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: erocker
The shrinkwrap machine operator did it. I think his name is Larry.
Noooo don't give away my secret codename!!!

Oh! :eek:
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#25
[H]@RD5TUFF
by: Easy Rhino
i barely enjoy games so i rarely buy them. most are pure crap that you spend 20 minutes playing and realize you have an addiction to games that need fixed. go outside!
There are worse and more expensive addictions to have trust me.;)
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