Sledgehammer Games’ Glen Schofield sports wide shoulders, a footballer’s nose, and a voice gruff enough that he could star in his own shooter. He is, on the face of it, every bit as solid as his studio’s namesake. But now fans desperate to know the ins and outs of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare have gone and upset him - spilling some of the game’s multiplayer secrets across Twitch and YouTube.
The information emerged in a unsanctioned Twitch stream of the game - which was swiftly shut down. But a Call of Duty YouTuber named TmarTn had seen enough to put together a follow-up video for his 1,800,000 subscribers.
If you’d like to experience Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer component with its surprises intact, you’d better not watch it.
The video concerns a unique explosive, a novelty mode, and the full list of the game’s weapon camo options.
On Twitter, Schofield said that he understood fan desire for details on the game - but said that “stealing and releasing is not the answer”.
“We took 3 years 2 make a game,” he tweeted yesterday. “Kept it quiet 4 the fans & it has to be stolen & leaked a week b4. That sucks. A real bummer. Thanks a lot.”
This isn’t the first time a CoD Schofield has presided over has suffered a leak - it happened “big time” on Modern Warfare 3, and he “didn’t say anything then”. But this time is different - Advanced Warfare is Sledgehammer’s baby, not Infinity Ward's.
“It is a big deal to us because discovery while playing is part of the fun,” said Schofield. “It will all be good, just saying.”
Does it matter to you that shooters preserve their mysteries until after launch?