Modern Combat 5 Pirated Ahead of Launch After Dev Gives Fans Early Access

Thousands of copies of the shooter were downloaded over the weekend, and it's still days away from launch.

To promote the release of Modern Combat 5: Blackout later this week, developer Gameloft recently held a contest that provided winners with early access to this latest game in its mobile first-person shooter series. Things quickly went awry as the game was cracked and distributed online as early as Friday, leading to thousands of pirated copies of Blackout being downloaded in the week prior to its launch.

Gameloft issued a statement to GameSpot today, confirming it's dealt with those playing pirated copies. "Following the release of several pirated versions of Modern Combat 5 prior the release of the game, we have turned on our anti-piracy systems and now all illegitimate users on a non-official version have been incapacitated," the company said.

In a post on a Modern Combat Facebook group (via Polygon), Gameloft community manager Florian Weber wrote, "As you can imagine I am really pissed off. To anybody who got MC5 already, shame on you! We are making games for you and all you can do is pirate them?" He also threatened bans for anyone who had proven they were already playing Blackout.

Numerous Twitter users posted openly on the site over the weekend about playing the game, which was reportedly hacked to allow the use of infinite ammo when playing online. A listing on an unofficial iOS app store hosting the cracked game showed it had been downloaded more than 3,000 times as of yesterday--this despite the app store in question not being the original source of the pirated game.

A number of videos posted to YouTube showing gameplay from pirated copies of MC5 have been removed due to Terms of Service violations. However, videos with hundreds of views detailing the process of obtaining the game--which involves having a jailbroken phone--remain online. That may no longer be an issue with Gameloft having taken action, but the leaked version also included the game's single-player, resulting in videos being shared online that show the game's ending. At least one such video remains online as of this writing.

Blackout, which was on display at E3 last month, is scheduled for release this Thursday, July 24, on iOS and Android for $6.99. According to Gameloft, "Those who used this pirated version of the game just need to wait for the official game release." In other words, any bans imposed on pirates are not permanent.

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deadeternityx
deadeternityx

The real issue here is that a game called Modern Combat 5 exists. Yikes.

dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

PC processors need to get it together and start taking notes from mobile technology..On a pc today the cpu and the chipset are on two completely different pieces of hardware.. The chipset is on the motherboard so the cpu has to communicate with the  chipset on the motherboard before doing ANYTHING.

Mobile devices have cut out the middleman and instead have built the chipset RIGHT onto the cpu itself. That simple changed reduced the latency between the cpu and chipset by 1900%.. I have no idea why pc cpu's don't do this already.


ERRMAHGERD
ERRMAHGERD

@dannydopamine8 nvidia is working on that I think, yeah it could reduce cost and actually give console dudes a reason to buy a PC over a console

razor_rj
razor_rj

@dannydopamine8 Becouse the main virtue of a pc is modability, change and upgrade,with this, not only would processors be more expensive,just look at how modern gpu cost more then a good cpu, imagine having to trow that investment away if you want to upgrade for the next game, also it would need partnership from competing manufacterurers otherwise they could call it monopoly, Intel is already doing that but only on notebooks, and their gpu obviously is not on par with the two brand names in the market, but it has advanced a lot in recent years, you can even play older dx9 games with no lag

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@dannydopamine8 Because it might decrease latency but the capacity of the CPU that is capable of that set up is reduced meaning you still end up with a slower CPU.

pops4657
pops4657

Dude what does that have to do with this game and why don't you just build it your self?"if you build it they will come".

blackothh
blackothh

ooooo mobile gaming drama? Popcorn please!

Elranzer
Elranzer

This is why we can't have nice things.

WhiteStormy
WhiteStormy

Are we really calling mobile games "nice things"?

veryDERPY
veryDERPY

they say pirates are unlikely to buy pirated games. in this case they REALLY never intended to buy this game. more mobile garbage designed as either a grind or a cash grab. or maybe forcing you through ads every 2 mins.



Lu_Shen
Lu_Shen

"we are making games for you and all you can do is pirate them?"


Is this the first time this guy is using the internet?

SoulScribe
SoulScribe

I like how of the 3 device platforms, it's the iOS firmware that started with the piracy.

sephsplace
sephsplace

Did any of the people blasting "pirates" for this shittyness consider that a lot of people obtaining this will be legitimate customer, that they are just impatient little shits?

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Mobile gamers: People willing to spend $500-600 per year in changing a perfectly working phone, Put pirating/jail-breaking it because they are no willing to pay $1-7 for an app.

Not all, of course, but still noticeable.

nothingformoney
nothingformoney

I was about to start saying bad things about piracy until I see the word "Gameloft". Hahaha!

Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

I can't believe people (probably the pirates, & the pirate wanna-be's) whine & cry about over priced games, but what's their excuse when the game is 7 damn dollars, & gonna come out in a few damn days?! You would think that these "uber nerds" that go to great lengths & do tons of research to hone their terrible craft of pirating games, that they'd freakin' realize, that your making the prices get inflated because you pirated! What you dimwits do all the way over there, in your hacking world effects us legitimate paying customers, everywhere. They are the first ones to complain the prices are too high, for this game, & "this'll teach them money grubbing devs a lesson! I'm going to pirate their game, & they will"...WhAT?! HAVE to LOWER their PRICE?! Hell no! They're gonna give it more security, and try to find those involved. Maybe they'll just stick it with some kind of player monitoring...to see if you really are a paying customer. Here's an idea...If spending money on a game, from devs they seem to hate so much, then why be a gamer?! GIVE UP GAMING. Let us real fans play our favorite games Without DRM worry! This is why DRM came out in the first place! For some reason they don't seem to know that. They're too busy being so full of themselves, & having their heads too far up their little asses to care about how pirating effects the rest of the damn world!  


This is why EA has come up with DRM. They've ruined perfectly good games for PC/Mac thanks to DRM. Why can't they just stop pirating?! Man up & get a job, or a second job. I don't see what the damn big deal is! What is not paying for a game, gonna do when you got OTHER things you have to pay for anyway! You're not saving THAT much money, when you have to buy food everyday, wipe your stupid ass everyday, pay bills...I mean come on...the money you say you "Saved" by not buying a game legally, only goes to another company's bottom line, & they can wipe THEIR assess with your money! Same difference. It goes to some big guy Corp. It won't be in your wallet forever, that's for damn sure! They act like their precious money will never, EVER leave their wallet! Lol?! 


You're not doing yourselves (or the rest of the world) any favors. Stop being a little tight wadded brat, & pay up or go to jail (ruin your life) over a stupid game.


B0NES96
B0NES96

@Faye_Tallity I have yet to hear of anyone going to jail or being sued for downloading a pirated game. Music and movies, yeah, but not games. I also don't understand your logic in your second paragraph. 


"What is not paying for a game, gonna do when you got OTHER things you have to pay for anyway!"


People don't pay for games so that they can pay for other things. I wouldn't think that to be a difficult concept to understand. People pirate because they can't afford to buy the game or they want to save money to buy other things. $60 per game (I'm not referring to the mobile game) is a decent amount of money to save especially if you play a lot of games. You can't compare the $60 saved to the amount spent on necessities (bills, food, toilet paper, etc). That's dumb. You compare it to the amount of money left after you buy the necessities.


I understand why you're frustrated and I'm not trying to defend pirates, but the majority of your post doesn't make sense. 

MrACRedwine
MrACRedwine

Some people just don't want to pay for anything. I understand it's difficult for some gamers to spend $60 on a new AAA console game or slightly less for the PC version. However, downloading a pirated copy of a $7 MOBILE game that's 3 DAYS away from being uploaded to the iTunes and Google Play store? *smh*

paperwarior
paperwarior

I can't imagine being hyped for a game whose very title deftly skirts a lawsuit from the CoD devs.

91210user
91210user

Does anyone care about this game? I still see people playing Domination on PSN.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@91210user  That's not really the issue, and this is a mobile game, what does PSN have to do with it?

91210user
91210user

@mkeezay22 @91210user Many call Modern Combat, a Call of Duty Modern Warfare clone and don't play it, but this article tells me something else otherwise. Maybe people just want to pirate it and would never buy it.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Oh no!  People might be able to get this microtransaction filled piece of garbage earlier than normal!


The real problem is that they likely cracked the microtransactions, letting people get credits for free.  THAT is what the dev is really mad about.


Scammy scum.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@Thanatos2k  No they are probably mad that they were kind enough to release an early access version and people took advantage of their generosity.

How do you know what they are mad about, they are a business and to keep a business running you need income, this is causing lost income, do most of the people who pirated it intend on buying it anyway, probably not, but at the least some of them did

Keaze_
Keaze_

Good.  A little more push towards the "sadly-never-gonna-happen" demise of mobile """"gaming"""".

Shame for the dev tho.

Richmaester6907
Richmaester6907

Ban ALL of the true pirates and reward those who pay for your hard work. Simple as that. 


Assuming the studio put hard work into it..........

analgrin
analgrin

@Richmaester6907

Completely banning pirates from ever playing even a legitimate copy would cut off a possible source of revenue, especially when some of those who got the pirate copy are just being impatient and intended buying it officially anyway. Rewarding the honest with either free dlc's or ingame purchases would again take away some possible profit when they're already losing before the game has even come out.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Haha. Their fans are jerks.


To tight to even pay $7 for a game.



bunthann
bunthann

Anyone would be piss if they were making a game that took them a long time to make and somehow it got leak online and people started piracy it. But seriously though, it's only $6.99 and 3 more days till it out officially. 

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

The heck is Modern Combat 5? I thought this was an article about CoD or something similar. Now I see it's a mobile game. I never understood playing FPS's on a mobile. How do people do it? I can barely get comfortable playing an FPS with a controller, let alone playing it on a phone or tablet.

hystavito
hystavito

@Pierce_Sparrow I thought CoD as well when I read the title but of course that didn't make sense.  I had no idea this was about a mobile game.

SkyAboveThePort
SkyAboveThePort

@Pierce_Sparrow You can hook up mouse, keyboard and controller to most Adroids, don't know about iOS though. But most would play on-the-go, with on-screen controls, I assume. Modern Combat has been around for a long time, if you confuse it with Modern Warfare, read again :P

pelvist
pelvist

How come we dont get an article about it when a console game gets pirated weeks before release?

xcollector
xcollector

@pelvist Because many console gamers believe that piracy only happens on the other guys system and most of the staff at Gamespot are probably console gamers.

LazyyAmerican
LazyyAmerican

And I was supposed to care about this? No...but I was suppose to click and add another view.

Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

Modern Combat Really should be on PC

and Future Modern Combat  should be on Xbox1, PS4, PC and All Smartphone Devices.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

The bans should be permanent.  Give a punishment with some teeth.  These same sort of people stole the original Half Life 2 before it was complete, forcing Valve to start over. 

Keaze_
Keaze_

@spacecadet25 lol.  Your comment implies someone would care.  "Oh no I am banned from modern combat (whatever that is) forever!  They really punished me with some teeth this time, my life is over!".  I don't know if this is a popular game of franchise, but the people who downloaded it probably did it only because it was a crack of a new release and they didnt even know what the game was.


I mean permanently ban someone from Fallout 4 after he has played it 2 hours, he will buy a whole new computer (or wait is it different ip needed?  He will buy a whole new house) to play it.   But what kind of "punishment" is it to be banned from... ugh wait i forgot the name.  right, modern combat.


And why would they perma ban them in the first place?   At least if someone gets banned, he can then BUY the game for an unban, which gives money to the dev.  If the dev permabanned everybody, it would block potential revenue.  Which would be styupid.


Why did I write so much about something I don't care about?....   Oh right because of the punishment part lol.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

The bans not being permenent just shows how much they want to milk.

xcollector
xcollector

So where are all the console fanboys to somehow spin the pirate blame onto PCs?

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@xcollector  Hold on, I was busy, geez...  People put down PC users for pirating b/c it happens a lot more often there than on consoles.  I like to shame pirating in general, and normally the pirating stories are about PC.  If 100,000 copies of Wolfenstein got pirated on consoles then there'd be a story about that too.

This time it's the mobile crowd however, same jerks that complain about DRM on ebooks, b/c then they can't give 50 free copies of it away to their friends, then they wonder why DRM exists.

What's the justification for pirates this time, "too expensive," "game is just o.k.", "developer is a jerk"?  Soulless pirates...

CapnXtraObvious
CapnXtraObvious

@xcollector I used pirate everything when I played on PC. Now, I play on consoles and I use actual money to get stuff. Not that consoles don't have piracy, but it's much easier to pirate on PCs and it's more common. Let's leave it at that. Seriously.

Halloll
Halloll

@xcollector this is a mobile game, what does this have to do with PC and consoles?