Microsoft warned on Thursday that anyone attempting to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 could risk an Xbox LIVE ban.
Director of Policy and Enforcement for Xbox Live, Stephen Tolouse, revealed on Thursday that it was risky to play Modern Warfare 3 before it’s generally available next week. Tolouse originally stated that it was ok to play the game before checking with Activision and backtracking. “For those asking about MW3 pre-release play: If your copy is legit and obtained legitly, have fun. It’s a great game,” he said. He later tweeted “clarification: dblchk’d with Activision. Mw3 pre-release play not authorized. So pls be patient. Playing early may impact your account!” VG247 advises that gamers stay away from online play until Monday.
Activision’s Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 game goes on sale November 8. The first person shooter is the third installment in the Modern Warfare series and a sequel to 2009′s Modern Warfare 2. The game picks up where Modern Warfare 2 left off and sees the Russian Federation invading the U.S. and Europe. Parts of the game include scenes in England, France and Germany. Players assume the role of various soldiers from Delta Force, Navy Seals and SAS who are fighting terrorists around the world.
Microsoft is also planning to release an Xbox 360 limited edition Modern Warfare 3 console. The limited edition package includes a customized console with graphics from Modern Warfare 3 alongside two custom wireless controllers, a 320GB hard drive and a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The console also includes custom sounds when it’s powered on and off and a disk is ejected.