The Sims 3 leaked two weeks ahead of release

By Justin Mann on May 18, 2009, 3:53 PM
According to reports, EA is facing an interesting security issue today, following news that their up and coming potential superstar, The Sims 3, has been leaked onto torrent sites. Just last week the company announced that the game had gone gold, meaning that all development was finished. If the leak was based off a gold product, what would be floating around the net right now may be the same as their final product. That's bad news for EA, especially since their official release is still not due for at least a couple of weeks.

This might also lead to early reviews though I imagine EA would hound any site risking an unsanctioned review before the game was even available. The nature of the leak suggests that someone on the inside willingly pushed the software out to the public. If such was the case you can imagine EA wont take this lightly. With so much invested into the series, and a lot of hope riding on it, its likely that someone will be made responsible and fired to say the least.

You may also remember years ago, before the release of Half Life 2, there was a big scandal revolving around infected machines contributing to the leak of a major game source code. Could this be a repeat of that?

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TomSEA said:
Hoo-boy if this is true, going to be interesting to see how big of a cork EA blows over it. ;-)
onearmedscissor said:
I'm going to laugh my ass off if they still release it with SecuROM or some other form of intrusive DRM.
tengeta said:
They just do what Valve does, they call it something else then say "Oh, DRM, how archaic and useless that crap is"
gobbybobby said:
I fully intend to buy the game, but would love to be able to download the game and play it now. I know its not legal and all but I can't seem to find it! Does anyone know where it is?
FoReWoRd said:
[b]Originally posted by tengeta:[/b][quote]They just do what Valve does, they call it something else then say "Oh, DRM, how archaic and useless that crap is"[/quote]couldn't of put it better myself that
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