The gaming world was shaken up recently when spoilers for “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” were shared 10 days before the game came out. Fans of the famous series were shocked and angry when they found out about secrets while eagerly waiting for the game to come out.
How did this news happen, though? Was it a deliberate act of piracy or just a mistake? In this piece, we look at how the secrets of Hyrule were leaked early and what happened after the Zelda plot scandal.
Tears of the Kingdom Leak: Inside the Zelda Spoiler Scandal
According to the Forbes confirmation, Tears of the Kingdom was leaked 10 days before its official release, causing Nintendo a lot of trouble. When Nintendo’s games are “old school” and don’t need a constant connection to servers to be completely online, they’re just…ready, but this seldom occurs with PlayStation and Xbox titles.
Benefits the players but might lead to information leaks. I won’t reveal any spoilers by discussing what was leaked, but how did it occur? There appear to be two primary channels via which news of the game’s early release spread: quite benign and fairly worrying.
The standard procedure is that certain copies have been released before the official street date. Again, this is the case with games primarily provided via physical cartridges and do not require updates or an online connection to play.
Several hundred dollars were asked for a physical copy of the game on an online auction site. However, the biggest problem is the game’s broad distribution via ROM sites. The game was hacked into PC emulation software and then distributed widely.
Streaming it online (as some morons did) makes it much more unlawful. Still, Nintendo might not be able to track you down unless you’re doing it on a massive scale, even though I would normally advise against it and suggest waiting a week to purchase the game.
How a leak of this magnitude might have occurred is still a mystery, but be assured that Nintendo will shower whoever is involved with legal repercussions. This is of significant importance.
There are likely thousands of people who have obtained the hacked ROM copy instead of just a handful spreading it around. That implies game spoilers are more likely to spread across social media, Twitch chat, and YouTube comments.
In defense of Kotaku, I will argue that covering industry leaks with spoiler warnings is standard procedure; Tears is a more high-profile game than others. However, Kotaku is getting extra flak because they recently complained about a Nintendo blacklist for review copies, leading some to conclude that their coverage is an act of “retaliation.”
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Don’t read that piece if you don’t want to know the leaks, albeit I’m not sure it’s that dramatic. The random folks that spoil things for you will be the most bothersome.
While it’s true that leaks and leaked copies are frustrating, they often don’t affect sales of the final product to a significant degree. I do not doubt that Tears will have a smashing success and be nominated for a Golden Globe at the end of the year. In a week, we should have additional (official) information.
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