Select players who purchased retail PC copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 are discovering an odd, frustrating surprise.
Along with not making a whole lot of sense, the issue is preventing players from installing the game via retail discs – though each copy comes with a Steam key that allows the game to be downloaded in its entirety via digital means.
Activision has yet to provide any official comment on the mistake, but with a product from a completely different publisher involved it seems likely the situation would stem from a manufacturer error.
UPDATE: Bioware has jumped all over the news, posting a blog post entitled "We're Answering the Call" that offers a free PC copy of the Mass Effect Trilogy to the first fifty people who contact the developer proving they've run into the printing error.
"Rumor has it that about a thousand customers who purchased Call of Duty: Black Ops II for PC today were also treated to a surprise copy of Mass Effect 2," the post states. "If you were one of the affected, chances are you thought it was a mistake, but we prefer to think that it was an omen, and when the universe talks, you should listen."