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Wolfenstein Multiplayer Leaked

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id Software and Activision are rather ticked off over the recent leak of the Wolfenstein Multiplayer beta.

Yesterday id Software's Peter Sokal jumped on the official Wolfenstein community forums and said that a build of the Wolfenstein Multiplayer beta was leaked and is now being distributed illegally. He said that the leak is in violation of the NDA, and warns that Activision's legal hounds are taking the matter rather seriously.

"Same applies here on the forums," he said. "If you mention that you have acquired this build, you are openly admitting to illegally obtaining the build and will be banned straight away. You have been warned."

He goes on to explain that the leaked build doesn't reflect the final, consumer-ready version of the game despite any footage, screenshots, and comments posted on the forum or elsewhere on the Internet. "There’s nothing we can do about it now except continue working on the game," he added.

After taking a quick glance at Mininova and The Pirate Bay, the multiplayer beta is indeed circulating the torrent scene, roughly weighing around 600 MB. Naturally, curious gamers may feel inclined to check out the leak despite the NDA, however fans should be wary of downloading potentially damaging viruses and malware in the process.

The final version of Wolfenstein is expected to ship on August 18 here in the States, and August 21 in Europe.

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    Dekasav , August 6, 2009 3:04 PM
    Since the game is unfinished, if people play it and don't like things (that may very well be changed in final version) it's bad publicity. Unfinished products usually aren't that great.
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    dman3k , August 6, 2009 3:00 PM
    Ummm... why would they care this much about the leak? Isn't this free publicity and advertising?
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    ca87 , August 6, 2009 2:45 PM
    very sad one for id Software and Activision.....
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    Kaiser_25 , August 6, 2009 2:48 PM
    Sucks for ID...they need to keep a tighter leash on their people..security leaks like this can easily cost millions.
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    dman3k , August 6, 2009 3:00 PM
    Ummm... why would they care this much about the leak? Isn't this free publicity and advertising?
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    kingnoobe , August 6, 2009 3:02 PM
    This isn't gonna cost them anything. If anything it'll make people to go want and buy the game if it's any good. And to play online isn't a simple thing so those that do will probably know and understand what a beta is.

    Once this game goes online they'll have servers that do key checks and things like that. And if you havn't realized this yet you can't get past those. Well you can but only by playing on pirated servers which has even more hackers then normal.
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    Dekasav , August 6, 2009 3:04 PM
    Since the game is unfinished, if people play it and don't like things (that may very well be changed in final version) it's bad publicity. Unfinished products usually aren't that great.
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    thepetey , August 6, 2009 3:05 PM
    kingnoobeThis isn't gonna cost them anything. If anything it'll make people to go want and buy the game if it's any good. And to play online isn't a simple thing so those that do will probably know and understand what a beta is. Once this game goes online they'll have servers that do key checks and things like that. And if you havn't realized this yet you can't get past those. Well you can but only by playing on pirated servers which has even more hackers then normal.


    Agreed. +1 ^
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    visa , August 6, 2009 3:08 PM
    From what I've heard on the community forums, they've made the game into a CoD clone? That's a real shame...

    I think they would probably care about the leak if the game, especially the multiplayer, isn't any good. If you look in their community forums that seems to be the overall sentiment. It's a real shame considering how fun the multiplayer for RTCW and ET were.
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    visa , August 6, 2009 3:08 PM
    From what I've heard on the community forums, they've made the game into a CoD clone? That's a real shame...

    I think they would probably care about the leak if the game, especially the multiplayer, isn't any good. If you look in their community forums that seems to be the overall sentiment. It's a real shame considering how fun the multiplayer for RTCW and ET were.
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    amnotanoobie , August 6, 2009 3:17 PM
    visaFrom what I've heard on the community forums, they've made the game into a CoD clone? That's a real shame...I think they would probably care about the leak if the game, especially the multiplayer, isn't any good. If you look in their community forums that seems to be the overall sentiment. It's a real shame considering how fun the multiplayer for RTCW and ET were.


    Proves Dekasav's point, now you already have a mindset before you even see a review of the actual finished product. Other people may already consider not buying it, even if the final intended product actually turns out to be great.
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    mystoccowgod , August 6, 2009 3:29 PM
    an unfinished product 12 days before release? ...
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    maisere , August 6, 2009 3:30 PM
    This may cause a stir as people have a chance to look at the part of the game which keeps people coming back (I play online almost daily but wont play through a single player more than once a year for a really good game).

    The question is do they simply ignore any response and release a game with all the fixes they were originally going to put in but no response to any gameplay problems (Vista approach) or take what the file sharers say, release a public multiplayer beta with gameplay fixes and then blog about all the tiny little changes that people will like until release (Win7 approach).
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    hellwig , August 6, 2009 3:31 PM
    dman3kUmmm... why would they care this much about the leak? Isn't this free publicity and advertising?

    Did you ever see Return to Castle Wolfenstein? They released a multiplayer demo before the actual game, convinced me I didn't need to pay for the full thing. Hopefully, however, this new game will be better.
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    visa , August 6, 2009 3:33 PM
    amnotanoobieProves Dekasav's point, now you already have a mindset before you even see a review of the actual finished product. Other people may already consider not buying it, even if the final intended product actually turns out to be great.


    I agree to a certain extent though how much is going to change in a few weeks? In a leaked beta this late in the game I couldn't imagine any big changes. Could be an older beta version though.

    The only reason I chimed in on this is because I've been a huge fan of the last 2 iterations in this series. I've seen comments in their forums from people I used to play with back in the day and I tend to trust their judgment more than some random poster.
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    duckmanx88 , August 6, 2009 3:45 PM
    DekasavSince the game is unfinished, if people play it and don't like things (that may very well be changed in final version) it's bad publicity. Unfinished products usually aren't that great.


    remember when an unfinished wolverine movie got leaked. FOX freaked out, took legal action, and warned people that it was an unfinished movie so it might be bad. well even after release it was absolutely horrible.iD might be worried about the reception.
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    AdamB5000 , August 6, 2009 4:00 PM
    Just thinking out loud...

    I love the Return to Castle Wolfenstein (RTCW) multi demo from years past when we stormed the beach while another team defended the documents in the basement. Many fun hours reviving people as a medic.

    "Medic! I need a medic!"
    "Rauf Move!!"

    Hope this is as good.
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    chripuck , August 6, 2009 4:27 PM
    DekasavSince the game is unfinished, if people play it and don't like things (that may very well be changed in final version) it's bad publicity. Unfinished products usually aren't that great.

    it's being released in three weeks supposedly, how unfinished can it be?
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    nukemaster , August 6, 2009 4:30 PM
    AdamB5000Just thinking out loud...I love the Return to Castle Wolfenstein (RTCW) multi demo from years past when we stormed the beach while another team defended the documents in the basement. Many fun hours reviving people as a medic."Medic! I need a medic!""Rauf Move!!"Hope this is as good.

    Good times.
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    brisingamen , August 6, 2009 4:31 PM
    yeah exactly, what if by the time they actually catch my ass i bought the real thing lol. up thiers. . . .

    Hey ID come get me, this wont be the first wolfenstien i downloaded before it came out, or ID game for that matter, i do have a retail copy of one still lying around somewhere lol.

    and btw that wolverine movie still made millions at the box office. . . probably a few more million due to the news and everyone that made such a fuss about it being pirated so, . . .

    any publicity is good publicity duh!
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    Anonymous , August 6, 2009 4:42 PM
    Hence most of the time this happens, its because of an unhappy employee or an employee that could make money by doing that....
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    brisingamen , August 6, 2009 4:54 PM
    i wonder how many games have not been leaked before they hit retail shelves, . . .
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