Leaks are a bummer. Once a leak has fully leaked, however, it's impossible to unleak it by asking everyone who checked out said leak to unsee what you know damn well they've already seen. Still, people keep leaking shit. The latest high-profile leak arrives ahead of the scheduled Nov. 3 launch of Call of Duty: WWII, the hotly anticipated fourteenth entry in the wildly popular first-person shooter franchise.
An unfinished version of the WWII trailer, which Uproxx reports was expected to be revealed later this week at San Diego Comic-Con, appeared online over the weekend. The aptly nicknamed "Nazi Zombies Trailer" is heavy on the Nazis and the zombies, which should please fans of the franchise.
In separate statements surrounding the leak, the official Twitter account for WWII developer Sledgehammer Games and Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey confirmed the leaked version was incomplete and said the final version would be arriving soon:
Reaction to the leak, predictably, has been divided. In replies to his original statement, Condrey urged members of the Call of Duty community to avoid the leaks. "A full force rejection of leaks at scale is what this industry needs," Condrey said.
Meanwhile, casual fans and YouTube gamers alike have debated their responsibility in squashing leaks:
As previously announced ahead of the big reveal, Sledgehammer's Call of Duty: WWII stars David Tennant as Drostan Hynd, Elodie Yung as Olivia Durant, and Katheryn Winnick as Marie Fischer. The surefire smash follows last year's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which got a prominent demo installation at the inaugural ComplexCon in Long Beach, California:
If you're avoiding the leak (wise choice), then strap in for a few days of social media blackout. The full Nazi zombies trailer, as previously mentioned, is expected to be unveiled during SDCC Jul. 20. More information on the COD x SDCC panel can be found here.