The Witcher 3 Leaks Early, Beware Spoilers

The Witcher 3 Leaks Early, Beware Spoilers

Though The Witcher 3 doesn't officially release until 19 May, many gamers around the world already have access to the beast-hunting title. The reason? Some stores are selling the game early.

This means that if you want to go into the game fresh, you may want to be careful about what you look at on the internet. Just to be safe. Already there are a number of Twitch streams of players who have PS4 and Xbox One copies of the games, though Twitch says players streaming the game early will face consequences:

To wit, a few streams I was watching earlier today that had thousands of viewers got banned shortly after broadcasting footage:

The Witcher 3 Leaks Early, Beware Spoilers

Regardless, there are already screenshots and videos floating around the web, and popular hubs such as Reddit and neoGAF are having discussions about spoilers. We've reached out to CD Projekt Red to ask about how they're dealing with the situation, but they did not respond in time for publication.

Last year, the developers had their files hacked -- which resulted in the leak of major Witcher 3 plot points and endings. At the time, the developers "strongly advised" players to avoid spoilers if they could help it.

A few months ago, a YouTuber gained access to The Order: 1886 prior to launch and uploaded the entirety of a playthrough online, for everyone to see. The leak ended up derailing the launch of the game, as players saw what they considered to be unfavorable footage. Occurrences such as these are not uncommon of course -- games leak all the time.

What makes newer leaks interesting is that they're happening in the age of YouTube and Twitch, when everything can and will be documented. Publishers and developers haven't really adapted to this reality, and instead try fruitlessly to shut down or punish leaks from gamers as best they can.


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    Any word on which/if any stores are selling it in Australia (Adelaide in particular)?

      I believe the leak is only in the United Emirates.

      Not EB games. It's pretty bad to sell stuff before street date, companies can get fairly sizeable fines if the developer/publisher finds out.

        You know, I'm still yet to hear of a single company being fined for doing that? Not saying it hasn't happened, just, do you know of any that actually have?

        Last edited 10/05/15 1:22 pm

          I don't know if they got fined but I know Big W broke street date on one of the Halo games and Microsoft delayed the shipments for Big W by like a month for the next couple of years.

    I wonder if CD prodject will bring the release forward now

    Anyone know any Sydney stores (CBD or inner west) selling it?

    A few months ago, a YouTuber gained access to The Order: 1886 prior to launch and uploaded the entirety of a playthrough online, for everyone to see. The leak ended up derailing the launch of the game, as players saw what they considered to be unfavorable footage. Occurrences such as these are not uncommon of course — games leak all the time.

    This will never be a bad thing for the consumer, in fact it's a great thing for the developer/publisher too BUT only if the game is any good. It lets the game speak for itself instead of some marketing strategy and\or extremely restrictive previews.

    Of course at the end of the day publishers only really care about one thing - money. It's why most AAA games have a marketing budget as large as development (and in some cases many times larger).

    The Order: 1886 was a lacklustre product, and they knew it. Hence why they really don't like people knowing that before they actually buy it....

    Hoping that its allowed to break street date in aus because of this!

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