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Darn those pirates! Curse those low-down, dirty, scumbag thieves! Those stealing, neckbearded, basement dwellers have no place on the face of this planet! Man, those PC gam – oh wait, it's not the Glorious PC Master Race responsible for the leak? Uh, well then... it looks like those Prestigious Console Kings are showing their true colors as gaming's real peasants.
A week ahead of launch, Call of Duty: Ghosts joins the illustrious line-up of other high profile games to get leaked early to torrents. This trend has now persisted for years, with console gamers leaking and torrenting games across file-sharing websites and peer-to-peer data streams.
Right now, iMars and iND have ISO snapshots for both the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Call of Duty: Ghosts. You know what the ironic part about it is? There is no PC torrent in sight.
The Xbox 360 version of the game clocks in at 16 gigabytes across two discs, with each disc clocking in at 8.3 gigabytes. This has become a common standard these days for most Xbox 360 games, given that the console is so old and decrepit that it can't handle games on a single disc, mostly since they've outgrown the paltry 9GB limit of the ancient format.
There are already more than 7,500 leechers out there getting their digital hands on the game, but you can expect that number to multiply exponentially as more people continue to seed and leech... presumably so.
Then again, that number is awfully small compared to other big releases, where Beyond: Two Souls, a PlayStation 3 exclusive, leaked to torrents with more than 2,000 leechers gathering up quickly in a few hours to get their hands on the title. These numbers, for both games, pale in comparison to the dark shades of criminal intent that seethed and oozed over Grand Theft Auto V, where after a few hours of the torrent going live more than 25,000 people had started leeching the game from a single torrent portal.
Gamers are already playing and uploading footage of Call of Duty: Ghosts, but I imagine Activision will sic their lawyers on the copyright infringers who are breaking the street date embargo for their precious annual bread and butter maker.
Still, I can't help but laugh at how poorly Call of Duty: Ghosts appears to be doing on the torrent sites. It's like hardly anyone even cares about the game anymore, so much so that they don't even want to be bothered to pirate the title anymore. That must make Activision-Blizzard's Eric Hirschberg and Bobby Kotick feel sadness in their pants.
Anyway, Call of Duty: Ghosts is set for release throughout November for the current generation and next-generation consoles and PC. The game will be current-gen for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, forcibly relegated to 720p on Microsoft's consoles, so it's something you should keep in mind. If you want the true next-gen Call of Duty: Ghosts experience be sure to get the 1080p versions on the PS4 and Wii U.
You can learn more about Call of Duty: Ghosts by paying a visit to the official website.