The Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom Leaks Two Weeks Ahead Of Launch

The Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom Leaks Two Weeks Ahead Of Launch

The latest entry in the Zelda series, Tears of the Kingdom, has been released ahead of schedule, resulting in spoilers popping up all over the place. Physical copies of the game began circulating a couple of days ago, a full two weeks ahead of the official release date on May 12. While some have been sold for hundreds of dollars to eager players, others have been used with emulators and shared online, several audacious or perhaps foolhardy content creators even streaming the game on platforms like Twitch and Kick. As you might expect, the videos were taken down within a matter of minutes.

Nintendo has been cracking down on leakers, having already issued several subpoenas to Discord, asking for the personal information of users allegedly involved in posting content from the Tears of the Kingdom artbook back in February. The company has been going on the offensive in recent months, taking on YouTubers showing off Breath of the Wild mods, most notably the infamous multiplayer mode.

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Discord is once again in the crosshairs, leaked footage from Tears of the Kingdom having been posted to the platform. According to a recent report from Kotaku, users have taken to flooding the servers in question with disclaimers in a desperate attempt at defending themselves from copyright claims. “In case of an investigation by any federal entity or similar, I do not have any involvement with this group or with the people in it, I do not know how I am here, probably added by a third party, I do not support any actions by members of this group,” a common boilerplate response for example reads.

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With copies of the game already in the wild, potential players have been discussing how to approach the leak, revealing a deep division about the spoilers which have been making the rounds online. While some are eager to delve into the game and find out as much as they can, others have been avoiding spoilers at all costs, preferring to experience the story for themselves. The leaked footage most notably shows the opening scene of the game, featuring the eponymous character Zelda and the player character Link.

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As more players make their way deeper into the game, the entire narrative in Tears of the Kingdom is likely to be leaked before the game is even officially released, including some of the most important story beats. The upshot is that if you’re at all interested in experiencing the game as intended by Nintendo, you should be careful what you read, especially on social media. In much the same way, the previous entry in the series, Breath of the Wild, saw widespread leaks ahead of launch back in 2017, despite a crackdown by the company.

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