If you’ve been keeping up with the latest video game news (preferably here on ScrewAttack. Shameless plug I know), you’d know that there were murmurs of German retail copies of Resident Evil 6 accidentally being released in Polish shops ahead of its launch date.
It seems this story is really more of a half-truth than any of us realized. Capcom has confirmed a small number of German retail copies have been spreading across Poland. This is true. But it’s because these shops have been selling stolen copies, rather than shipments they would have otherwise legitimately received from Capcom.
The publisher told Eurogamer the company is currently launching a very thorough investigation to get to the bottom of what’s happening. Unfortunately, the results seem to be fairly scarce up to this point.
And as you’ve probably already guessed, people who have purchased the stolen copies have begun to put the game up for eBay auction and at least one copy is being sold for a ludicrous amount.
€1196.71 to get the game a month early? Are you mad?
And to the person who bid €478.78. Seriously dude? Seriously?
Hopefully Capcom will find those responsible and sort this whole mess out because stealing is bad. And if you steal, you are bad. M’kay!
The developers, writers, composers, art directors, programmers, animators, publishers, and everyone else who has a hand in putting a game together deserve to get compensated for their work and when people flat out steal and sell those copies, none of them are rewarded for their hard work.
I know getting the game early is tempting but it’s not worth it at the expense of the talented artists who’ve spent years crafting it.