I am speechless right now, after reading news on Eurogamer that Game will not be stocking any EA title once SSX is released, including what is surely to be the biggest selling game of this quarter, Mass Effect 3. Worse still, those whom have pre-ordered the game will be getting a refund (in-store credit only, which is even worse), as they won’t honour any pre-orders either, contrary to previous statements made in relation to other titles. Given that Game also had the exclusive rights to Mass Effect 3’s N7 Limited Edition I can’t help but wonder what the fate of that awesome set will be? Another retailer could suddenly benefit from Game’s collective woes.
I have to say that this does explain the dour atmosphere in the Game store I visited yesterday, as well as the lack of POS relating to the mega-franchise in-store. Can Game survive the next six months without EA titles? With Mass Effect 3, Fifa Street and more ahead I can’t see a financial solution that can help the much-maligned company now.
My advice, if you have in-store credit/points on your loyalty card, use them now and get pre-orders in for Mass Effect 3 elsewhere.
So what are your thoughts? Can Game survive without EA?
[Update – it appears that N7 editions are springing up on the Internet now, starting with ShopTo and GameStop, this would further strengthen the theory that EA is breaking ties quickly, if an exclusivity deal is now broken so soon after the news.]