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Thousands of copies of ‘Modern Warfare 3′ hijacked in France

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If you thought that the guy who bid $1,725 for an early copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was a bit too eager to play the game, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

Over the weekend, two separate delivery trucks carrying copies of the heavily-anticipated shooter were hijacked in France, reports CVG.  French police estimate the stolen shipments to be worth roughly 780,000 euros (over $1 million).

The robberies sound like something straight out of a Hollywood film (or Modern Warfare 3 itself, even).

On Saturday morning, a passing car rammed a delivery van carrying the games in the province of Creteil. When the van's driver got out to inspect the damage, two men armed with knives and wearing gas masks jumped out and threw tear gas at the deliveryman, then drove off with the truck.

About an hour later, another car pulled in front of a different delivery van in Mantes-la-Jolie, a town near Paris and only about 42 miles away from the scene of the first robbery. Three armed men stepped out, with one pointing their gun at the driver, telling him to leave.

All totaled, up to 6,000 copies of the game were taken. No one was seriously hurt in either incident. No arrests have been made.

The attacks, incredibly, are not the first major video game hijackings to occur in France this year. In February, a driver was robbed of more than 50,000 euros ($68,000) in video games and consoles. And in November 2007, criminals armed with AK-47s held eight people hostage in a warehouse, stealing a solid million euros worth of games and equipment.

Modern Warfare 3, which you'll be able to buy legally starting Tuesday, is shaping up to be the biggest title of the year -- even among non-criminals. Pre-orders for the game are at a record high; Wall St. analyst Michael Pachter expects the game to generate $1.1 billion in revenue in its first six weeks alone.

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