Submitted by atheistium 670d ago | news

Rockstar has 'requested that no UK retailer dispatch GTA 5 before September 16'

Rockstar has requested that online retailers hold off from dispatching copies of Grand Theft Auto 5 until September 16 in an effort to ensure early copies don't reach customers in advance of the official September 17 release date. (Grand Theft Auto V, PS3, Xbox 360)

doctorstrange  +   670d ago
buddymagoo  +   670d ago
I don't really understand why it matters that much if someone gets it a day or two early??
Anthotis   670d ago | Immature | show
jackanderson1985  +   670d ago
i'd assume it would be down to leaks and plot spoilers they wouldn't want getting out till after it launches (although some of that has been leaked before)
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Scatpants  +   670d ago
I don't know why it matters so much to them. You know it's going to be leaked some time next week anyway.
minimur12  +   670d ago

I got this email aswell, and here's a quote I think you should read:

'Your order is being despatched by Royal Mail First Class who have a 97.6% next day delivery rate. We will ensure
that your order is despatched via Royal Mail in time for release day.'
Mounce   670d ago | Bad language | show
3-4-5  +   670d ago

Imagine if every time you went to start watching a movie, somebody told you all the twists and spoiled the plot for you.

and it was a movie you'd been waiting 5 years to watch.

It ruins the experience and you only get that True First experience one time.

Basically, they know certain people are useless douche's who love ruining things for people, so they are asking nicely for the UK to help prevent that.

You know the type of people that Bully & Troll online? They will be the ones spoiling all the secrets and telling the ending on day one to ruin it for anyone, just so they can stroke their ego and feel good about themselves.
Psychotica  +   669d ago
I think it's to ensure fair competition between all the stores that sell it. It wouldn't be fair if some store got it a few days earlier than other stores.
admiralvic  +   669d ago
@ 3-4-5

Possible, but that would happen regardless. Also this isn't a terribly uncommon practice either. Most of my Amazon packages ship on Monday before the game releases, so I don't see the big deal regardless.

@ Psychotica

Believe it or not... a lot of stores get these games in a bit ahead of time. My local Target had Killzone Mercs on display and that isn't set to release till next week in the US. A lot of times bigger games will come in a week in advance, where as smaller games have a "street date", which is when companies generally ship those games to stores.
-Foxtrot  +   670d ago
Damn right boo

I've ordered mine from the Rockstar Warehouse aswell....I want to play it on the day it comes out. I mean what the hell, so I'm going to have to wait untill it comes for it be sent off, that could take untill Friday untill I actually get it

Send it out earlier so we get it on the day, jesus, whats with them. I mean I payed extra for the collectors edition I should at least get it a day early
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Scatpants  +   670d ago
You probably have a better chance of getting it day one ordering it from Amazon. They offer release date delivery and have distribution centers everywhere.
SnotyTheRocket  +   670d ago
Do you really feel THAT entitled? You'll get you're game, just wait a day or two.
-Foxtrot  +   670d ago

If I'm paying a lot more by supporting a developer like Rockstar...yeah I kind of do
JackStraw  +   670d ago
rockstar is just being stupid on this one. sorry. hate to say that one of my favorite game companies is actin' like a b*tch.
Heisenburger  +   670d ago
And how exactly are YOU acting right now.

*grins ear to ear*

JackStraw  +   669d ago
why are you trying to roleplay with me? go away.
llMurcielagoll  +   670d ago
Not only that, but you are also a victim of Royal Mail's "Free one day delivery" on amazon.co.uk you may get it late. This only happens when there is a game I REALLY want to play and it arrives late -.-
minimur12  +   670d ago
I posted this above I'll post it again:

I also got the email, and this quotes that GAME are dispatching it first class;

Your order is being despatched by Royal Mail First Class who have a 97.6% next day delivery rate. We will ensure
that your order is despatched via Royal Mail in time for release day.
StoutBEER  +   670d ago
Yea i have alot, and I mean ALOT of friends that live in the UK and constantly and very easily get copies of games in advance. Getting a game early in the UK is easier than getting fat in the US.

Ehh? Ehh? Or did it fall flat?
rajman  +   670d ago
I want to hear what Shopto.net has got to say about this, Activision also said that Black Ops 2 was to be shipped only 1 day before release, Shopto were not happy with this as it meant that there was a high chance that many would not get the game on release date and so they decided not to sell it.
I'll respect their decision if they decided not to go ahead with selling GTA V

edit: Article states "The issue of online retailers dispatching copies well in advance of release date has led to one UK retailer - ShopTo.net - choosing not to stock copies of one of this year's biggest games"

So they wont be selling GTA V? My pre-order has not been cancelled and its still up on their site http://www.shopto.net/micro...
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Adexus  +   670d ago
"The issue of online retailers dispatching copies well in advance of release date has led to one UK retailer - ShopTo.net - choosing not to stock copies of one of this year's biggest games.

Back in May, ShopTo announced that it would not be stocking this November's Call of Duty: Ghosts due to "contractual reasons and [a] delivery policy agreement"."

Don't know how you missed that!
rajman  +   670d ago
I didnt, I misread it...I thought it was about COD Black Ops II again, since they did the same thing with that game last year.

Anyways thats irrelevant to what I asked, I asked if Shopto will no longer sell GTA V due to this request by Rockstar
fossilfern  +   670d ago
Though mines an Amazon pre order this is pretty crap. I live in Northern Ireland and sometimes i worry about not getting the game on time like the rest of the UK. I just hope the Royal Mail & Amazon don't let me down!
Adexus  +   670d ago
Got mine on Amazon too with first class delivery, I live in the UK Mainland and still don't have much hope in Royal Mail.
fossilfern  +   669d ago
Its not been the first time I have waited for a game from the Royal Mail. I won something on Ebay and it didn't show up for weeks and I was about to get my money back from the seller, who was very helpful, until i got the little red letter to go down to the sorting office for something completely different and found out the thing I won was laying there for about 3 weeks and no one told me.
Master-H  +   670d ago
when does the review embargo lift , guys ?
JakemanPS31994  +   670d ago
I think Saturday the 8th but dont quote me on that :D
mike32UK  +   670d ago
I remember getting GTA IV from play.com 3 days earlier than the release day. I'd never been so happy with pre-ordering a game before
AceBlazer13  +   670d ago
These retailers make a promise to get the product to the consumer on release day so asking this of them is kinda....problematic.
RE_L_MAYER  +   670d ago
Wtf why not eveyone
ichdich  +   670d ago
WTF !?
jay2  +   670d ago
Shopto BLOODY send it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my £120 edition better come 17 or I'll not be a happy bunny.
omi25p  +   670d ago
il be fuming . I have booked the 17th and 18th off work.
hankmoody  +   670d ago
That ain't gonna happen. Fully expecting to see people on my Friends List playing this days before the official street date. Smaller Mom and Pop stores don't give a damn when it comes to this stuff.
m30ahd  +   670d ago
its a "request" don't think its a binding contract like Activision. I have emailed shopto asking them how this will impact my order just waiting for a response. However I still got a way of getting it on Saturday 14 September, UK, Glasgow.
Slysi  +   670d ago
I'm very interested to hear what they say to ya plz m8
porter470  +   670d ago
If shopto doesn't get the game to you on release day they compensate you like £5. With this, they could stand to lose a fair bit of money/profit so it will be interesting to see what they will do now.
Nate-Dog  +   670d ago
They'll do it anyway.
Midgus  +   670d ago
i swear rockstar dont let me down! i refuse to wait a few more days, i booked time off!!!! :(
minimur12  +   670d ago
Me and my work buddy both ordered the spec. £60 editions, I work 5PM -11PM and he is working 7:30 AM - 6PM

Hopefully I'll get it release day.... before him.... while he's at work... MUAHAHHAHA
Mr_Butata  +   670d ago
My order has to travel from UK to Portugal... They could send it today that and still i would get it on September 17. LOL
minimur12  +   670d ago
I made that mistake :( I had to pay £25 of import fees when importing special US edition of TLOU

(artbook/comic book)
AceBlazer13  +   670d ago
Importing.I know how it feels
DxTrixterz  +   670d ago
OMG nooooo. So now I won't get my copy on 17th then. Nice.
Kran  +   670d ago

This is a request. Not a demand.

Though I'm sure retailers such as ShopTo will probably start shipping them very late in the day on the 16th (which USUALLY means small parcels like this wont get to a person till 2 days later) or very very early on the 17th to meet with their release date promise.

I don't know how they work but yeah.
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SanMarco  +   670d ago
I love R*. and Respect this decision. Theyre like the Willy Wonka of Video Games.
UpghostNpersonal  +   670d ago

I'm sure GTA 5 will be more worthy than waiting 9 months for your kids to born..Rockstar just want us all to be able to enjoy the game OURSELVES and not through someone else..

i'm pretty sure 90% of gamers in the world already claim GTA5 to be their GOTY so wait a little longer..its September already right?
m30ahd  +   669d ago
i got a reply from shopto they said they will dispatch in time for delivery on release
Jerseppi  +   669d ago
After reading some of the comments on this thread, most of you are COMPLETELY ungrateful on the behalf of R*. R* have worked their socks off for many years to deliver the GTA experience to the next level for YOU to enjoy.

Some of you need to lighten up a little and actually realise how grateful we are to have a developer like R* who deliver quality over quantity!
Ps4marksthespotnotX  +   669d ago
Cry babies! You have waited long enough, 1 day extra or 2 wont kill you all. Rockstar just protecting there property.

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