Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Dev on Leak -- "That Sucks"

"A real bummer. Thanks a lot," Sledgehammer Games co-founder says.

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THIS POST CONTAINS POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE.

With just one week to go before Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's release on November 3 (through the Day Zero Edition), footage of Sledgehammer Games' shooter has emerged online. Leaks are nothing new for video games, of course, but footage that appeared on Twitch this weekend was from a "stolen" version of the game, according to co-founder Glen Schofield.

Schofield addressed the leak on Twitter.

One of Schofield's fans replied by saying that Sledgehammer is responsible for the mass levels of hype around Advanced Warfare, and that the leak actually helps players get information about the game. Schofield replied: "I realize that but stealing and releasing is not the answer."

The leak is particularly problematic, Schofield added, because "discovery while playing is part of the fun." Though he seemed upset over the leak, he's also taking everything in stride. After all, this isn't his first rodeo. "It will all be good, just saying," Schofield concluded.

Yesterday, Twitch user Anfuny29 (as reported by MP1st) broadcasted Advanced Warfare from an early copy of the upcoming shooter. The stream (and the channel, too) were swiftly shut down, but not before new gameplay features such as a 30-kill "DNA Bomb" scorestreak were revealed. If you manage to rack up 30 kills in one life, you'll activate the bomb that will leave behind a "green mist" that spreads throughout the entire map before dissipating. Effects of the mist are unknown, but presumably it will have a damaging effect on your enemies.

It is unclear how the Twitch user was able to get a copy of the game ahead of its release or if Advanced Warfare publisher Activision plans to pursue any legal action against the streamer.

Advanced Warfare officially launches on November 4, but if you preorder the game, you'll be able to play a day earlier. For more on Advanced Warfare, which is coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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