Memo leak - UK retailer GAME won't be stocking any of EA's March titles , including Mass Effect 3.
Times are hard, and nowhere has this become more apparent than in recent weeks for UK retailer GAME.
Last week we saw The Last Story being pulled from their shelves and full refunds being given to those who preordered the title. It's also been confirmed that the likes of Tekken 3D won't be stocked in GAME. Now in a leaked memo it has been revealed that GAME won't be stocking any of EA's March releases after SSX.
The rest of the memo explains that this is due to "the challenges [they] are facing in the short term" - i.e. financial crisis.
All customer's who preordered the game will receive a full refund with an extra £5 reward card / elite points as "a token of good will", in an attempt to apoligise and keep customers loyal. Kudos to them for doing the right thing in the prediciment they've found themselves in, but that still won't get any collector edition copies of the game into fans hands.
Initially GAME were also docking the Ubisoft launch titles for the Vita (including Rayman Origins, Dungeon Hunter Experience, Michael Jackson's Experience...), but a week later they changed their tune. This may or may not be the case for Mass Effect 3 - it certainly appears to be leaning more towards the 'not' side right now. One thing is for certain however - the pre-orders for the collectors edition of Mass Effect 3 have been cut and won't be coming back; those fans have been advised to order from pretty much anywhere else, and that can't be good for business.
As a UK resident and gamer, I have to wonder how long GAME will be able to hold out if they are being forced not to stock huge tripple A titles like Mass Effect 3. They are pretty much the biggest UK retailer, and they also own GameStation over here in the UK. My local GameStation is closing down in about a month's time. This is a terrible state of affairs for the companies, and I for one am dreading the day browsing in Video Game stores becomes nothing more than a nostalgic memory.
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