Call of Duty: Mass Effect 2
As of November 13, Activision released the latest, and presumably greatest, addition to the Call of Duty franchise: Black Ops 2. However, during the manufacturing process there was a complication of hilarious proportions. Upon attempting to install the second disk of Black Ops 2, thousands of gamers were surprised to find that disc 2 actually contained Mass Effect 2 installation data. As one might imagine, this led to some rather unhappy consumers (CAUTION: NSFW language).
At the time of this writing, Activision has yet to release an official statement concerning this blunder. Oddly enough, Bioware have already made an official comment:
Rumor has it that about a thousand customers who purchased Call of Duty: Black Ops II for PC today were also treated to a surprise copy of Mass Effect 2. If you were one of the affected, chances are you thought it was a mistake, but we prefer to think that it was an omen, and when the universe talks, you should listen.
If the universe thinks that you should be playing Mass Effect right now, who are we to argue? In fact, we want to help! The first fifty fans affected by this phenomenon to send us a picture holding their special disc 2 will receive a code for a FREE PC copy of Mass Effect Trilogy.
Remember, in order to qualify, YOU must be in the picture, and disc 2 of your Call of Duty: Black Ops II must be visible. Got it? Then send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and you could be playing your very own Mass Effect Trilogy in time for the weekend!
Those affected by this mistake have flocked to the internet, posting on Reddit, Steam, BioWare’s forums, as well as the Call of Duty forums. Based on the competition between EA and Activision, it seems clear that this faux pas was the fault of the company that manufactured the discs for Black Ops 2. As this issue only affects PC players, the fallout should be relatively minor, unlike if this had happened with console versions. Furthermore, users were able to download the game through Steam upon inputting their serial number alleviating much of the backlash if customers were unable to install and play the game at all. With all of this in mind, it is still quite possible that Black Ops 2 will continue the trend of setting record sales, year after year, as established by the last few Call of Duty releases.