Kingdom Hearts 3 leaked yesterday, and the game’s director Tetsuya Nomura has released a statement asking fans not to circulate gameplay videos.
Xbox One copies of Kingdom Hearts 3 have made their way into the wild a month ahead of the game’s release, and while gameplay videos are being taken down as soon as they’re popping up, director Tetsuya Nomura reassures fans that the “biggest spoilers” – the epilogue and and secret movie – aren’t included in the leaked copies.
Polygon reports that the person behind the leaked games got their hands on 30 copies via a connection they have to someone involved with the manufacture and printing of the discs in North Carolina.
Someone on Twitter who saw the now-deleted Facebook Marketplace listing for the games claims to know the seller, and in a Twitter thread (also deleted but posted on imgur) they said “It’s a matter of when, not if he will be caught.”
— KINGDOM HEARTS (@KINGDOMHEARTS) December 16, 2018
Nomura says the studio is “aware as to how this has all happened,” and that the “whole team has been working together since [news of the leak] to investigate what we can do to better this situation.”
He asks that fans “do not share these videos” so that players can “equally experience the full game after its release.”
So be wary out there when you’re navigating the choppy waters of social media.