Dozens of players appear to have gotten their hands on Pokémon Legends: Arceus ahead of time and are broadcasting the game.
Despite The Pokémon Company's usual secrecy around future debuts, and despite the fact that no English press evaluations or final impressions have been published, Arceus is very much in the public domain this week.
Unsurprisingly, spoilers for the highly anticipated Switch game have begun to surface online, and it is also easy to see gamers stream substantial chunks of the game, particularly on platforms like TikTok and Instagram.
According to social media users, players have also begun dumping the game's contents to the PC in an attempt to discover all of the game's secrets before nearly any other players do.
Once the streams are detected, Nintendo or TPC will most certainly shut them down, although at the time of publication, at least ten Twitch users were streaming the game. It's unclear whether or not these copies were obtained legally.
The pre-release disclosures are yet another setback for the normally secretive Pokémon Company, which has suffered from a slew of high-profile data breaches in recent years, some of which have resulted in legal action.
Twitch users began live broadcasting early versions of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl in November, up to 10 days before their official release.
The most high-profile episode came last year when Nintendo publicly severed connections with a Portuguese website after it was discovered to be responsible for some pre-launch Pokémon Sword and Shield leaks.
Ahead of the Arceus release next week, a number of Japanese video game publications have posted their initial thoughts on Pokémon Legends: Arceus following a recent hands-on event in Japan.
"It's reasonable to say that this game is radically different from prior games," said Famitsu of the game, praising it for taking the Pokémon series in a new direction.
The thrilling feeling of roaming around freely in the huge field was the first thing that struck me when I started playing."
Its study also highlighted the way Pokémon could be discovered freely roaming throughout each region, as well as the excitement of not knowing which species they would encounter each time they reached a new one.
The ability to ride Pokémon was also praised, with Famitsu's reporter stating that it made exploring the wide world more interesting, especially when utilizing a flying-type Pokémon.
"It feels amazing merely to be able to fly freely in the sky, but it's also thrilling to seek for Pokémon that appear small below you," the game added.