DICE's very, very highly anticipated FPS, Battlefield 3, has been leaked to various torrent sites, over a week from the official launch. The PC version sits at just under 10GB in size, at 9.96GB, and its single-player portion of the game is fully playable. The only thing that would make sense on how its leaked, is if a retailer got their mits on a copy, and leaked it. But then the next question is, why did the retailer break the street release date?
Usually we see leaks of the console versions, so this does mark one of the first times a triple-A PC title has been leaked before release. Of course, it means the multiplayer side of the game can't be accessed, as this requires a valid Origin account. With the game not yet released, this won't happen. But it will effect sales on PC for sure, and will definitely get those frowns turned upside down over at DICE.
It's a pity it was leaked, but this is why concrete release dates are stupid. It allows things like this to happen, if it were my executive decision... all dates would be from lifted right now and the game would get released simultaneously worldwide, this would counter the downloads, leaks and loss of sales. Instead of 10 days of downloading, friends telling friends, 'oh get it and play it', and DICE losing out on potential hundreds of thousands of sales.