Copies of Modern Warfare 3 have gone on sale in the US, days ahead of its November 8th release. Microsoft, for its part, is being a little muddy on the subject of what will happen to people caught playing the game early.
Kmart stores in the US apparently received shipments of the game with incorrect release date information. While it appears that most of the stores have been alerted to the mistake and haven't sold the game, it is known that it has
been sold from an outlet in Tampa, Florida.
Copies are now available on eBay
at highly inflated prices.
For those worried about getting an Xbox Live ban, however, don't necessarily expect a clear policy from Microsoft. "For those asking about MW3
pre-release play: If your copy is legit and obtained legitly, have fun. It's a great game", tweeted
Stephen Toulouse, Xbox LIVE Director of Policy and Enforcement. He followed up
, however, with "clarification: dblchk'd with Activision. Mw3 pre-release play not authorized. So pls be patient. Playing early may impact your account!"
He doesn't say, however, in what way early play may impact your account.