Take-Two has issued an official statement blaming a Sony Europe employee for leaking unreleased Manhunt 2 code onto the Internet.
Until now, the person responsible for the September download had been named only as someone who had access to the game.
"Take-Two Interactive has confirmed that a former employee of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has acknowledged his responsibility for the unauthorized online distribution of an unrated play-test version of Manhunt 2 submitted for the European PAL PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system," the publisher told GamePolitics.
Manhunt 2 was denied the right to be sold in the UK for the second time at the beginning of October, after the BBFC claimed the changes made to the game had not gone far enough to grant it a green light.
GamesIndustry.biz has contacted SCEE for further insight but the publisher is unable to comment.
"As there is the potential for future legal action to be taken concerning this incident we are not in a position to make any comment," said a spokesperson for SCEE.