And then this happened: over the weekend, a pair of masked thieves armed with knives and tear gas canisters made off with 6,000 copies of Modern Warfare 3 just south of Paris near Créteil. Gamespot is reporting (via a translated piece from French news service TF1) that Saturday morning, in a surprisingly organized attack, the two thieves targeted a van carrying the load of games and crashed their vehicle into it. When the van was stopped, the duo then used tear gas to cover their escape before making off with the van and its contents, valued at 400,000 Euros. There's no word on whether the van's drivers were injured at all in the attack.
This perhaps puts into perspective Activision's headache from last week with copies of Modern Warfare 3 making their way to eBay thanks to retailers breaking street date on the highly-anticipated title. It's got to be weird to be in a place where your next big title is so anticipated that you not only have to deal with the minor hassle of some people playing it early but thieves staging attacks on vehicles carrying it in order to make off with your latest and greatest. Who this really sucks for, though, are Parisian gamers who have just that many fewer legit copies of MW 3 to buy, but hopefully, Activision will have plans in place to get supply in place before tomorrrow's launch.
Modern Warfare 3 will be available on the PC, 360, and PS3 on November 8.