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.

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buddymagoo1118d ago

I don't really understand why it matters that much if someone gets it a day or two early??

Anthotis1118d ago ImmatureShow
jackanderson19851118d ago (Edited 1118d 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)

Scatpants1118d 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.

minimur121117d 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.'

Mounce1117d ago BadLanguageShow
3-4-51117d 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.

Psychotica1117d 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.

admiralvic1117d 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.

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-Foxtrot1118d ago (Edited 1118d 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

Scatpants1118d 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.

SnotyTheRocket1118d ago

Do you really feel THAT entitled? You'll get you're game, just wait a day or two.

-Foxtrot1117d ago


If I'm paying a lot more by supporting a developer like Rockstar...yeah I kind of do

JackStraw1118d 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.

Heisenburger1117d ago

And how exactly are YOU acting right now.

*grins ear to ear*


JackStraw1117d ago

why are you trying to roleplay with me? go away.

llMurcielagoll1118d ago

Not only that, but you are also a victim of Royal Mail's "Free one day delivery" on you may get it late. This only happens when there is a game I REALLY want to play and it arrives late -.-

minimur121117d 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.

StoutBEER1117d 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?

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rajman1118d ago (Edited 1118d ago )

I want to hear what 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 - - 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

Adexus1118d ago

"The issue of online retailers dispatching copies well in advance of release date has led to one UK retailer - - 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!

rajman1118d 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

fossilfern1118d 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!

Adexus1118d 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.

fossilfern1117d 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-H1118d ago

when does the review embargo lift , guys ?

JakemanPS319941118d ago

I think Saturday the 8th but dont quote me on that :D

mike32UK1118d ago

I remember getting GTA IV from 3 days earlier than the release day. I'd never been so happy with pre-ordering a game before

AceBlazer131118d ago

These retailers make a promise to get the product to the consumer on release day so asking this of them is kinda....problematic.

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