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Doom III leaks?

Pirated versions circulate the internet days before official US release.

The spectre of Internet piracy loomed over id Software this morning, as the first hacked verisons of Doom III began to appear across the web - days ahead of the long-awaited game's US release, and 12 days head of its European release.

It's not yet known if the file, which was uploaded earlier today, is the full game, but with duplication having commenced several weeks ago, many felt that it was inevitable that such a sought after game would find its way onto illegal download sites and newsgroups ahead of its official release.

If the file is indeed the full game, the potential damage to sales of the game could be huge. Activision and id were unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.