While Gameloft is only officially releasing first-person shooter Modern Combat 5 today, thousands have already played it. A cracked copy was distributed through various torrent sites following a contest that awarded its three winners early access to the game.
Polygon reports that Gameloft community manager Florian Weber was apparently livid. "To anybody who got MC5 already, shame on you! We are making games for you and all you can do is pirate them," he wrote on the Modern Combat 4 Facebook page. Weber also stated that he would instantly ban anyone discovered with an illicit version. Since then, the developers have taken steps to disable the illegal copies of Modern Combat 5 and are remaining vigilant against hackers. Gameloft's heated response to the situation seems somewhat melodramatic given the company's long history of derivative work and the fact that Modern Combat 5 is pretty much a Call of Duty clone for mobile phones.