Alleged Starfield leaker arrested for theft
One of the alleged Starfield leakers has been arrested and charged with theft following the premature release of Bethesda's RPG game. Darin Harris was taken into custody after allegedly trying to sell early copies of the game online. It is unclear how Harris obtained the leaked copies.
According to a report from Kotaku, Harris was arrested on November 5 after attempting to sell Starfield early copies to undercover police officers. He has been charged with four counts of theft, including theft of property valued up to $10,000, though it is uncertain if these charges are related to the leaked Starfield copies.
The leaked Starfield videos that appeared online have mostly been removed due to copyright strikes, although it is unknown if Bethesda is responsible for this. Harris has also been charged with two counts of marijuana possession.
We have reached out to Bethesda and Harris for comment, and we will update this story if we receive a response. The early buyers of Starfield have been left disappointed by the leaks, with Harris himself previously praising the game as a smooth-running RPG.
Bethesda, on the other hand, is likely unhappy with the leaks and other recent incidents, such as the early reveal of the Starfield release date and the controversy over Starfield's title screen. The publisher's Opening Night Live segment, which was supposed to showcase Starfield gameplay for the first time, was also marred by a stage invader, resulting in Bethesda's livestream being terminated prematurely.
Earlier this week, Bethesda's head of publishing Pete Hines addressed the debate over Starfield's title screen, which many fans have criticized for its resemblance to Stardew Valley. Whether the internal response to the leaks and other recent incidents will become public remains to be seen. Hopefully, Bethesda will have a clearer understanding of Starfield's true launch numbers before issuing a response.
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