As I sit here thinking about the big Call of Duty announcement coming tomorrow, I also think back to how this has been one of the worst kept secrets this year. Leak after leak occurred, from last year to early this year, with most things pointing towards a Black Ops themed game.
Then I started to think to myself, whatever happened to being surprised by a game’s announcement? Last week we had PlayStation’s All-Stars Battle Royale finally announced, but yet even that game was leaked out many months ago due to a survey conducted about the game’s title.
Remember not too long ago, someone leaked cover art for the new Assassin's Creed III game. Then what do ya know, Ubisoft went ahead and released the official covers, screenshots, and even a trailer for the game a week later.
We also had the more recent leak of Crysis 3. Now this of course was Electronic Arts’ fault, because they listed the game on their EA Origins site and someone happened to catch a screenshot of it.
It’s almost as if the video game industry has become just as bad as the movie/TV industry. Whenever we have new movies these days, we constantly have leak after leak of set pictures, story synopsis, and even hidden video shots. Go ahead and think back, the entire last year we must have seen hundreds of Dark Knight Rises and Avengers set photos not released by the studios, but rather fans hiding in buildings across the street or in bushes.
Have we become such an information overloaded society that we have to know everything the second it happened? We can’t just wait and find out if a new game is going to come out when the publisher/developer decides to tell us?
Now don’t get me wrong, much blame goes to those said publishers and developers themselves. I mean, you even had dumb people that worked for a company putting out a new game that hasn’t even been announced on their “current projects” list of their LinkedIn profile. Then you could even go back to what I previously mentioned about the PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale survey, that was also just an idiotic mistake by the company to do something like that.
I don’t want to know everything a year or two ahead of time, unless it’s coming from the publisher itself. I guess one could say that I’m just getting tired of people leaking things that they shouldn’t be leaking. Let that publisher put out the game the way they want to put it out, on their schedule, and call it a day.
But I could be wrong about all of this. It could actually not be a leak at all, but rather a very clever marketing ploy by all of these companies to have people continuously talking about their games until its release. I mean, it’s a business after all, so they have to make their money somehow.
Are you tired of all these video game leaks?