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BioWare Responds to Black Ops 2 Mixup With Free Mass Effect

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BioWare is offering a free copy of Mass Effect Trilogy, calling the publishing mishap an "omen".

BioWare has responded to reports that many consumers who purchased the physical version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 could not install the game. This error was reportedly due to the second disc being an install disc from Mass Effect 2. Thus consumers were required to use the supplied Steam code to activate and download the digital copy, rendering the physical version useless.

So far there's still no explanation as to how an Electronic Arts disc ended up in a sealed Activision product, but BioWare is calling it an omen. In fact, when the universe talks, we should listen, and the universe supposedly thinks Black Ops 2 gamers are supposed to be playing Mass Effect instead. At this point, that's a good assumption on BioWare's behalf.

"The first fifty fans affected by this phenomenon to send us a picture holding their special disc 2 will receive a code for a FREE PC copy of Mass Effect Trilogy," BioWare said in a blog. "Remember, in order to qualify, YOU must be in the picture, and disc 2 of your Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 must be visible. Got it?"

Given that anyone could hold up their Black Ops 2 disc and claim it's packed with Mass Effect 2 goodness, this "response" seems more like a gimmick to promote the Mass Effect franchise in the initial stage of Black Ops 2's release. So far reports have indicated that there are no physical visual indications that Disc 2 doesn't contain Black Ops 2 installation files without looking at its contents in File Manager.

This week Activision said Black Ops 2 has shattered pre-order records set last year by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and the company expects the game to be the biggest entertainment launch of all time.

"In addition to an amazing and innovative game, we're also proud and humbled to see the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops II creating yet another legitimate, pop cultural phenomenon," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. "To our millions of fans worldwide, who have driven everything from pre-orders to YouTube views, to midnight lines outside of stores worldwide to new levels, we just want to say, thank you. You are the best fan base in the world, and the unprecedented thrill ride that is Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is all for you."

For gamers who purchased Black Ops 2 with the Mass Effect 2 disc, they possibly may have received four games in one thanks to BioWare's offer. Still, how did that EA disc end up in Activision's game? Do these publishers use the same disc manufacturing plant? This we want to know.


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    soccerdocks , November 14, 2012 5:54 PM
    Only the first 50? That won't do too much good.
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    casualcolors , November 14, 2012 6:27 PM
    I'm not sure what is confusing. People are surprised that these discs are printed in the same Chinese factory?
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    phishy714 , November 14, 2012 7:22 PM
    "This week Activision said Black Ops 2 has shattered pre-order records set last year by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and the company expects the game to be the biggest entertainment launch of all time."

    ..... sigh... the sheep need to be put down.

    "In addition to an amazing and innovative game, we're also proud and humbled to see the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops II creating yet another legitimate, pop cultural phenomenon"

    "In addition to an amazing and innovative game, we're also proud and humbled to see the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops II"

    "In addition to an amazing and innovative game, we're also proud and humbled"

    "In addition to an amazing and innovative game"

    "amazing and innovative"

    "innovative"

    ROFL
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  • 22 Hide
    soccerdocks , November 14, 2012 5:54 PM
    Only the first 50? That won't do too much good.
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    edogawa , November 14, 2012 6:00 PM
    I'm really curious to how they did get mixed up, that's really odd; kind of funny though. Could it have been some kind of insider in the facility doing it on purpose?
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    azathoth , November 14, 2012 6:09 PM
    Quick! Capitalize on the mistake!
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    whiteodian , November 14, 2012 6:09 PM
    Something like this happened to me with Resident Evil 2 (I think it was 2). Except I received two disc 2s. The disc was labeled as #1, but when I tried to insert it, it would get up to the menu and tell me to insert disc 1 which I needed to start a new game. I was able to exchange the game at Gamestop, but it was strange and frustrating at the time.
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    casualcolors , November 14, 2012 6:27 PM
    I'm not sure what is confusing. People are surprised that these discs are printed in the same Chinese factory?
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    jaquith , November 14, 2012 6:55 PM
    One of our own Moderators (here) got the 'surprise' but he already has the Mass Effect Trilogy. To him this was more annoyance than anything else since it stopped him from being able to play CoD Black Ops 2. The fastest solution is to download Disk 2 and get a replacement Disk.

    It sure wasn't funny since all he talked about was playing CoD Black Ops 2.

    BTW - CoD Black Ops 2 is OMG awesome!!! The campaign alone makes it a fantastic buy! :) 
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    Hunter_Killers , November 14, 2012 7:10 PM
    whiteodianSomething like this happened to me with Resident Evil 2 (I think it was 2). Except I received two disc 2s. The disc was labeled as #1, but when I tried to insert it, it would get up to the menu and tell me to insert disc 1 which I needed to start a new game. I was able to exchange the game at Gamestop, but it was strange and frustrating at the time.


    I think that was just Gamestops incompetence.
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    Thomas Creel , November 14, 2012 7:14 PM
    CODBO2 really is a pop culture thing, nothing wrong with that of course. I follow plenty of trends, wearing nike shoes and slides ( with socks ;P. ) I think they did a better job with this than with MW3.
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    liquidchild , November 14, 2012 7:18 PM
    I feel like I have run into a super hot ex...... You remember her ripping your heart out but you also remember how fun she was. After what you did, WHY COME BACK INTO MY LIFE! LOLOLOLOL
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    phishy714 , November 14, 2012 7:22 PM
    "This week Activision said Black Ops 2 has shattered pre-order records set last year by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and the company expects the game to be the biggest entertainment launch of all time."

    ..... sigh... the sheep need to be put down.

    "In addition to an amazing and innovative game, we're also proud and humbled to see the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops II creating yet another legitimate, pop cultural phenomenon"

    "In addition to an amazing and innovative game, we're also proud and humbled to see the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops II"

    "In addition to an amazing and innovative game, we're also proud and humbled"

    "In addition to an amazing and innovative game"

    "amazing and innovative"

    "innovative"

    ROFL
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    whiteodian , November 14, 2012 7:28 PM
    Hunter_KillersI think that was just Gamestops incompetence.
    It was brand new and factory sealed.
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    gm0n3y , November 14, 2012 7:36 PM
    Is not being able to play COD:BLOPS2 really considered a bad thing?
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    CaedenV , November 14, 2012 7:41 PM
    edogawaI'm really curious to how they did get mixed up, that's really odd; kind of funny though. Could it have been some kind of insider in the facility doing it on purpose?

    Games are like soda. Just because a game is designed and made by a company does not mean that they actually manufacture/assemble the boxes and DVDs themselves.
    Think about ATARI, the company has not made a game in forever... yet their emblem is plastered all over everything because they do a lot of this type of work.
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    rantoc , November 14, 2012 8:18 PM
    "So far there's still no explanation as to how an Electronic Arts disc ended up in a sealed Activision product"

    The same explanation that a certain company used a no-disc scene crack for one of their older games as a "patch" ? =)
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    _Cubase_ , November 14, 2012 8:21 PM
    Ha, this reminds me of the Simpsons:
    "We're out of weight loss tapes"
    "Send him a vocabulary booster instead".
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    Kryan , November 15, 2012 12:11 AM
    The first 50? Seriously? So for everybody else? Tough shit? Slow/limited internet connection? Tough shit.

    I haven't bought a CoD game since the WWII ones. Won't start now
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    tomfreak , November 15, 2012 12:39 AM
    if master piece game like skyrim is selling only $60, then black ops 2 is not worth $60.
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    jaquith , November 15, 2012 1:55 AM
    Just to clue-in CoD Trolls, most folks buy more than one game. IDK go play Angry Birds! The fact is CoD Black Ops 2 is arguably the best FPS.

    Also, IDK what game(s) you play and your opinions to the contrary are simply laughable.

    Yeah...I also own a copy of Skyrim but who cares it's just another game, a year old, one of countless, one of a few shelves packed full of games. This 'article' is about an error that was made by a third-party. Also, I don't have gaming PC's, xBox's, PS3's, Wii's, etc all for 'one' game -- that would be crazy; it would be like buying a Blu-Ray or a TV for watching one (1) movie.

    Value, both Skyrim & CoD Black Ops 2 are worth their price and as 'new' good games are available I'll place my orders.
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    bowzef , November 15, 2012 4:23 AM
    "In addition to an amazing and innovative game, we're also proud and humbled to see the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops II"

    anyone find this hugely funny???!!!!!!

    SINCE WHEN? they been using same engine for like 10 years and all these lame sheep *cough Kids cough* don't see it .

    few my friends play CoD games older friends and i asked them all do you notice any differences to other cods you have played? at the time of question MW3 just came out.

    answer was typical of a blind sheep ... Yes they have new maps for online and different kill streaks and new guns and stuff

    i sat there stunned thinking i must be only person on world that cannot stand following others *sheep*.... and being blind from the retardness of playing such a pathetic excuse of a game

    is human kind not as smart as i thought? are people just generally stupid? do they enjoy getting used for activistion profit? after all Activistion Blizz... as a company is horrible... they businesses module is based on money and trying get much as they can out of anything to do with CoD and it shows as well through blizzard such as Diablo 3 Auction house ,if you dont know Blizz has a tax on it.
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