Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 wasn't supposed to go on sale until November 8th, but it looks like some copies have already hit the streets. Online auctions for sealed copies of Modern Warfare 3 have already surfaced, with sellers providing photographic evidence to back up claims that the game is in hand.
While auctions may give gamers the opportunity to play the the game a little sooner, that decision may not be a good one. Microsoft's Xbox Live director of policy and enforcement Stephen Toulouse posted on his Twitter that Modern Warfare 3 prerelease play has not been authorized by Activision and cautioned, "Playing early may impact your account!"
This is not the first time Activision has had release plans for the popular shooter series undermined. When Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 debuted, retailers eager to sell the game to gamers early. The end result was GameStop jumping the gun on the shooter's formal release date.
Infinity Ward representative Robert Bowling said on Twitter, "No plans to ban legit fans, but try to wait 'til midnight launch on Tuesday to play #MW3."