According to Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling, parts - but not all - of today's Modern Warfare 3 mass info leak were the Real McCoy.
Earlier today, a "trusted source" close to Infinity Ward leaked a metric crap-ton of information about the heavily-teased but as-of-yet-unannounced Modern Warfare 3. The game would be traveling all around the world, said the leak, with missions in places like Dharmasala, New York, Dubai, Paris and Prague starring players as British SAS or a Russian Federal Protective Services agent - among others.
There was a ton of information revealed in the Kotaku post, from multiplayer details to a complete story breakdown. It was only natural for gamers to wonder: How much of this is real?
According to Infinity Ward's community mastermind Robert "fourzerotwo" Bowling, some of the leaked info is correct - but he took to his Twitter account to caution gamers to wait for the authentic reveal. "A lot of hype & a lot of leaked info on #MW3, some still accurate, some not. To avoid spoiling the experience, I'd wait for the real reveal."
To be honest, I'm not sure this is the right move for Bowling and Infinity Ward. By admitting that some of the information is authentic, it stands to reason that the "trusted source" does in fact know what's up with Modern Warfare 3. By that implication, anything in the leak that isn't real was probably real at some time during development, as I can't think of any plausible way for the source to be spot-on with some things and wildly off the mark on others.
Of course, it could always be a calculated gambit to have COD fans endlessly debating one another about which parts are real and which are false, working up the hype machine early before the official reveal in June. That works too.