French game site Gameblog.fr reported earlier today that Amazon's French digital storefront leaked details about the next instalment in Activision's blockbuster FPS series.
The site claims that a product page for the sequel to the 2010 Call of Duty title went live on Amazon.fr and that, after they reported this, Activision France requested that the story be killed. When they refused, Gameblog.fr claims that the publisher blacklisted them, uninviting them from a Transformers: Fall of Cybertron preview event and pulling planned advertising from the media outlet.
Gameblog.fr also claims that other sites that covered the story were coerced into pulling their coverage off the internet after similar threats by Activision.
It seems odd that Activision would come down so hard on media outlets for reporting a product listing when the gaffe was on Amazon's part. All of the above should be take with grains of salt. We've reached out to Amazon France and Activision and will update the story if we hear back.
Activision blackliste Gameblog [Gameblog.fr]