As tends to happen when most big games arrive at stores, copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare have been sold to customers a full week before it launches on Friday, October 25.
News of the broken street date started to spread online Friday, with users on social media posting photos of early copies on Twitter and Instagram (thanks Eurogamer).
BREAKING NEWS: PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO GET THERE EARLY COPIES FOR MODERN WARFARE! @SKizzleAXE @Gunner2xYT @Matterzx @MrTheRevertz @FPSArcer @charlieINTEL @cod247tweets @LongSensationYT #RT pic.twitter.com/4Hf0n1Iqs3
— FamousRickyyyy (@LGxAwesomeKid) October 18, 2019
One Instagram user with the username VonGarcon, a Twitch streamer, posted a photo of seven copies that appear to have come from a Redbox, along with a phone showing his Twitter account to show some authenticity. Apparently they’re trying to sell them for $250 a pop.
VonGarcon did post some footage of the game in action on Twitter, which has promptly been taken down by a copyright strike.
The game is very much real! $250 per copy my home girl said… modern warfare early pic.twitter.com/ra0uBJ1uOy
— Von (@VonGarcon) October 18, 2019
Having worked in retail, specifically in electronics and street dated retail, I know that mistakes like this can be easy to make if you’re not really paying attention to release dates. At my old store there would be full lines of Amiibo figures up before their associated game was out, and they even had a full display up for the Katy Perry: Part of Me movie a week early. Sometimes those boxes have massive labels that say “DO NOT SELL BEFORE RELEASE DATE” and other times they just ship in a box that looks like any other. But usually that doesn’t happen for one of the biggest franchises in the world.
So if you’re a spoiler sensitive Call of Duty fan be careful about existing online in the next few days. And if you’re thinking of buying one of the $250 copies for what will be approximately a single day of early playing after friendo ships it to you, please do something else with the additional $200 like pay a bill or donate to a charity.