What is the craziest video game leak of all time?

Dec 25, 2018
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The FFXV plot leak on 4chan was pretty damn crazy, even talked about how far development with Xbox One was compared to the PS4. Pretty much once people got further into the game, they realized that leak was real.

Close second is KH3 FTP leak, where basically every world except for The Caribbean, Scala ad Caelum, The Final World, and the Keyblade Graveyard were leaked. Then there's the shitty KH3isLife leaker who we unfortunately had to deal with because he had no idea how to give information about a game.
"Ya there's FF characters in the game"
"yeah just 1 shows up"
"yeah namine has an important role in KH3"
 
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PSOreo

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Oct 27, 2017
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My all time favourite still has to be the fake Nintendo Switch controller which was all screen. People went crazy trying to match up the reflection of a tree to a location.
 

Syril

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That leak from 2007 or so where like every unannounced game Ubisoft was doing at the time got leaked from movie tie-ins to Assassin's Creed.
 

finalflame

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I'd say HL2's source code being stolen and leaked takes the cake for me.
 

Daysean

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If you count actual games leaking, then Smash Ultimate being leaked like 14 Days in Advance or 7th Dragon III Code:VFD being leaked like several months in advance on the 3DS

Otherwise for details, i gotta agree with FF15
 

YaBish

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Oct 27, 2017
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The one I always remember is the Bloodborne leak and the ensuing freak outs and denials that the game was an exclusive.
 

Lunatic

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I think i remember the FFVII remake announcement being leaked a few hours before the E3 show and almost no one believed it.
 

roguesquirrel

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I dont think any individual leak out of this was crazy by itself but its still pretty wild how Sonic games consistently leaked through Segas public ftp during the mid-late 00s.
 

Hugare

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I'd say HL2's source code being stolen and leaked takes the cake for me.
Yup, this is the one

They have changed the game drastically after that

And the whole story about the leaker was also awesome. Valve tricked him saying that they wanted to hire him, paid him the trip to the US, only to arrest him there.
 

criteriondog

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Oct 26, 2017
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I very vividly remember the bloodborne leaks, and a lot of people denying it as being a mock-up, or an expansion to dark souls II. Tons of people were upset it was a PS4 exclusive. I believe dark souls II had just come out around that time as well.
 

TheBaldwin

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mazi

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wasn't DC vs Mortal Kombat leaked years before it was announced, but no one believed the leak?
 

Rotobit

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The Halo leak and the Tomb Raider plane leak are pretty iconic to me. Pretty sure the latter was years before an official announcement, too.

Also this Kingdom Hearts 3 leak was wild considering it showed a whole new world, the game's debug mode, and Weird Goofy, all as a perfect screen capture. I have to imagine someone was fired for it.

 

Prefty

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Half Life 2 source code leak, they had to delay and remake parts of the game because of it
 

BDS

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Oct 25, 2017
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The Smash 4 roster leak where everybody was insisting it was fake because Shulk was a reskinned Little Mac
 

Hailinel

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The leak of Smash footage meant for the ESRB's eyes only was nuts.

I'm pretty sure whoever was responsible is still in the Shadow Realm.
 

diakyu

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Dec 15, 2018
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The Smash 4 leak was legendary.

In the same vein the final starters for Sun and Moon being leaked months before revealed was whack, i still no idea where it could have came from.
 

Metalgus

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- The Horizon: Zero Dawn concept art
- The Super Smash Bros for 3DS ESRB roster leak
- The Project Beast (Bloodborne) screens and videos
- The Super Mario Maker booth screens before E3
 

Krejlooc

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The Simon Wai Sonic 2 beta was leaked prior to Sonic 2 releasing through Chinese BBSes.


This leaked basically caused the formation of the entire Sega demoscene, and was so important that it changed the way video game PR was handled going forward.
 

Memento

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Oct 26, 2017
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Project Beast (Bloodborne) leak will forever be the most hype I have ever been for something videogame related
 

clockstrikes

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The Halo leak and the Tomb Raider plane leak are pretty iconic to me. Pretty sure the latter was years before an official announcement, too.

Also this Kingdom Hearts 3 leak was wild considering it showed a whole new world, the game's debug mode, and Weird Goofy, all as a perfect screen capture. I have to imagine someone was fired for it.

And not long after, there was that big FTP leak that confirmed almost every world through the file names. Of the Disney worlds, I think Pirates of the Caribbean was the one that managed to stay secret.
 

ChoklitCow

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Man, ya'll have me nostalgic for those crazy written CBOAT threads. What a time. Still wondering if those Left 4 Dead 3 mockups are part of what's being developed at Valve currently.