If they are true, Nintendo will likely remove them quickly
Two weeks before The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the RealmWith a 12 release date, it looks like the game has leaked. It’s not entirely surprising – it’s the biggest game of the year, and people are eager to see it – but Nintendo is likely scrambling to remove the footage.
If you are looking to play Tears of the Kingdom without it being spoiled before the release date, you’ll want to steer clear of social media and Reddit.
It’s becoming common to see early footage from major games; Nintendo and The Pokémon Company’s Pokemon Scarlet and Violet was leaked online more than a week before its November release date.
At the moment, the footage is mostly screenshots from private livestreams, with a few small clips of unseen footage from cutscenes and gameplay. It seems a little early Tears of the KingdomThe first leaked footage went online, but it’s likely to continue and spread quickly. Nintendo did not respond to Polygon’s request for comment.
A Tears of the Kingdom art book — available with the game’s collector’s edition — leaked in April and spread online, and Nintendo acted quickly on that. Nintendo is looking to sue the leaker, but first it needs to know who did it. Nintendo has subpoenaed Discord for the identity of the leaker, and the legal process is ongoing.
When the pictures from Pokémon Sword and shield leaked via an unreleased strategy guide, the Pokémon Company also took swift action to handle the leakers. The lawsuit was filed in 2019 and settled in 2021, with each defendant ordered to pay The Pokémon Company $150,000 in damages and attorney fees.