By Vamien McKalin | Nov 08, 2012 11:55 AM EST
Another Xbox 360 game has fallen victim to piracy before release once again. This time around, it's Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, one of the most anticipated first-person shooter (FPS) games of 2012.
Earlier in October this year, Halo 4 leaked online a month before the game was scheduled for release. Microsoft quickly took action and began banning accounts that were attempting to play the game on Xbox Live.
"We have seen the reports of 'Halo 4' content being propped on the Web and are working closely with our security teams and law enforcement to address the situation," noted a Microsoft spokesperson at the time.
The strategy seems to have worked; however, it is not certain if the leak affected sales of the game.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is now in the hot seat for being yet another Xbox 360 game that has been leaked on the Internet. According to Treyarch design director David Vonderhaar on Twitter, "If you are going to live-stream the game early, which I don't remotely recommend, you could at least be good at it. :P"
No one knows how the leak surfaced, but judging by Microsoft's actions for Halo 4, gamers should know better than to stream the leaked version of the game on Xbox Live or risk having their accounts permanently banned.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is about two connected storylines, one set in the 1970s through 1980s and the other in 2025. Alex Mason from the previous game returns to take the lead man roll fighting proxy wars for the U.S. During this time, players will experience the rise of the game's main villain, Raul Menendez, the leader of "Cordis Die." Cut to 2025 and Alex Mason is too old to be on the battlefield, this is where his son, David Mason, takes the leading man roll.
The game will also feature permanent death, which means that the player's actions will affect the outcome of future missions and who gets to be alive to fight on.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's release date is set for Nov. 13 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC. Nintendo Wii U gamers will get the chance to give the game a spin on Nov. 18 in North America and Nov. 30 in Europe and Australia.
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