As reported by GamePolitics and other outlets, an early PS2 build of Manhunt 2 was leaked onto the Internet last month.
For its part, the gaming community seemed to take the news in stride. It was, after all, not a finished product, only one of several planned versions, and not accessible without some extra effort and technical knowledge.
Great Britain’s Sky News, however, jumped on the story in a big way today:
Thousands of gamers are using the internet to get their hands on a video game banned because of its graphic scenes of torture and murder…
[Manhunt 2] …was leaked onto the web – and anyone with a little technical knowledge can download it and play it on a modified games console…
No-one of any age is allowed to play the game, and yet our investigation found thousands of people downloading it.
Despite the sensationalism, we did extract one kernel of what is believed to be new information from the Sky News coverage:
[Rockstar] accepts the game was leaked onto the web by an employee of a different company who had access to the preview copy. That person has been sacked.
So… we’d like to know more about who leaked Manhunt 2, as well as how and why. Simple mischief? Bragging rights? Perhaps a true believer who was offended by the ban and wanted the original version to see the light of day?