Call of Duty: Ghosts doesn’t officially come out until tomorrow, but that hasn’t stopped the hackers. Reports have surfaced across a number of different social media sites and forums that the current-gen console versions of the blockbuster shooter have already been compromised.
Of particular note is this account from YouTuber MinnesotaBurns, who found himself in a lobby with one group of hackers and recorded the ensuing conversation, where they explain the process behind getting their modded version of the game to run on Xbox Live.
After a bit of sleuthing, I was able to uncover a YouTube clip of some of the hacks in action, and the sheer number of gameplay modifications on display are astounding. Enemies are automatically tagged with orange boxes, making them visible through walls. Players, at various points, are shown with dramatically increased speed, unlimited ammo, and infinite killstreaks. Finally, the base XP reward for kills appears to have been boosted by a whopping 65,000%, enabling hackers to level up quickly and, in some cases, even reach the tenth prestige.
And this might not be the only selection of hacks out in the wild. One image posted to NeoGAF yesterday seems to show a different wallhack in action. Another, courtesy of GearNuke, features a player who appears to have at least 35 perks active simultaneously. Further reports indicate that there may be working aimbots, too.
It’s important to keep in mind, however, that this isn’t the first time a Call of Duty game has been hacked before launch. This thread on the official forums from 2011, posted three days before Modern Warfare 3‘s release, references an infamous hack from that era, and posters also note that Black Ops suffered a similar pre-launch fate. Those two games, it’s worth noting, were quickly patched to combat the hacks.
The silver lining for Ghosts may well be that, by discovering these exploits before the game is officially live, hackers may have given Infinity Ward a head-start on rendering them useless. And hey, even if things aren’t cleared up by tomorrow, at least you’ll have a handy excuse every time a sniper headshots you from across the map: He’s a filthy, filthy hacker. Probably.