Eurogamer has just run with an article claiming that GAME will not be stocking any EA titles after SSX, which includes Mass Effect 3. Apparently this has been confirmed by a number of GAME stores.
There are conflicting reports as to what will happen to existing pre-orders, as Eurogamer are saying that they won’t be met (and will be refunded with store credit rather than cash) whilst a GAME employee has told StickTwiddlers that existing pre-orders will be sent out.
If true this is terrible news for GAME. We will reach out for an official comment, but as of yet both EA and GAME have said nothing.
Update: Eurogamer has updated its report, saying that at the moment it’s EA’s March titles that will not be stocked. This includes GameStation, not just GAME.
EA has commented, saying:
“The Mass Effect 3 N7 Collector’s Edition will now be available at the following retailers: Amazon.co.uk, Play.com, Zavvi.com and ShopTo.net.”
For customers who have pre-ordered the N7 Collector’s Edition please re-order your copies through these retailers. If you have placed a deposit for a pre-order or are uncertain that your existing pre-order will be guaranteed, please contact your local retailer.
Your local retailer is doing everything possible to make this process as smooth as possible to ensure you get your copy on launch day.”
Update 2: Eurogamer is also reporting that the retailer will not be stocking Nintendo’s flagship Mario Party 9 title.
Update 3: Clarity on the refund issue. It’s your cash back and £5 credit by way of an apology. From what we can gather from the leaked GAME memo, it sounds like EA weren’t happy giving credit to the retailer, so GAME had to pull out of the releases. They are limited to March though, with hopefully EA games being sold after next month.