High Profile Games Shipping with the Wrong Discs
Both Call of Duty and Lego Lord of the Rings have been affected.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 14:11
In what may be just about the weirdest story in the video game community this week, high profile releases are being sent out with the wrong discs in their boxes.
The games that have thus far been spotted with incorrect discs are Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Lego Lord of the Rings.
Customers who purchased disc-based, PC versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 have found their second installation discs replaced with another game, while the first disc remains unaffected.
According to Joystiq and various other media outlets, the secondary discs are labeled as Black Ops 2 installation discs. However, after being prompted to insert the discs, it is revealed that they are actually loaded with Mass Effect 2 installation data.
This is particularly odd, considering that Mass Effect 2 is published and owned by Electronic Arts, while Call of Duty is owned and published by Activision. The two companies have nothing to do with one another, and are actually top competitors.
Why Mass Effect 2 data would be on these discs of all games is still unclear.
In the case of Lego Lord of the Rings, the issue is at least somewhat understandable. Customers and media outlets alike are reporting that upon opening their review and retail copies of the game, they have instead found the game’s demo disc inside. The discs are marked with black labels reading “demo disc not” followed by “not for resale.”
Game Informer and IGN are reporting that several retailers have recalled their shipments of the Xbox 360 version of the game. Thus far, it is unclear as to whether or not the discs are actually demos, or merely improperly labeled.
So far, the issue seems to only be affecting the Xbox 360 version of the game.
It is worth noting that discs are not printed and produced internally by game publishers. Instead, that duty is outsourced to third-party disc manufacturers hired by the outside parties.
It is currently unclear whether or not both of these games had their discs printed by the same manufacturer, but the media has reached out for details.
In the meantime, Black Ops users can still use the codes included with their copies of the game to download digital versions of the game online. However, anyone without an internet connection may be forced to try and return their copies to the retailer at which the game was purchased.
The same goes for Lego Lord of the Rings customers, as the Xbox 360 copies of the game do not come with similar codes for download.