Sniper Elite III Buyers Receive Revoked Keys, Rebellion Offering DLC as Compensation
The release of Sniper Elite III on the PC a couple of days ago was marred by an unfortunate incident that saw to numerous owners of the game complain of invalidated keys.
This was not restricted to a single retailer and even mighty Steam was involved in the mix. According to developer Rebellion, keys for Sniper Elite III were stolen prior to the game’s release and then re-sold to other vendors. When the studio caught up to the situation, it immediately asked Steam to block all those stolen keys.
On their forum, a studio representative held the resellers blameless. “One of our PC retail distributors informed us that some of their allotted Steam keys were stolen,” Rebellion wrote. “We believe these keys were then resold to multiple companies, with no payments going to either Valve or the retail distributor.”
As compensation, Rebellion will be offering the “Target Hitler” DLC expansion for free to all those who are affected. However, as for the full game, that will not be offered by the developer for free. Rebellion insists that you should contact the reseller and demand a refund.
All buyers of the reveoked keys have until July 4 to claim the DLC, which for now is being offered as a pre-order incentive only.
“All we can suggest if you have been affected is to please contact your vendor and first ask for a replacement key, and then contact us for the free pre-order DLC if you are successful,” Rebellion wrote.
Sniper Elite III is the latest installment in the tactical World War shooter, whose highlight is the slow-motion camera effect with every precise kill.