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Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition Cancelled

Two retailers today confirmed the Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition as cancelled.

Update:

Warner Bros. has released a statement to Kotaku with similar information in the GAME retailer's email. It states the reason being due to the quality of the product, not specifying on what (likely the Batmobile).

"We regret to inform you that we are not able to release the Batmobile Collector’s Edition of Batman: Arkham Knight due to unforeseen circumstances that greatly compromised the quality of this extremely limited run of product. We are deeply apologetic for this unfortunate outcome. If you did pre-order the Batmobile Collector’s Edition, please go to the retail location where you pre-ordered the product and you will receive a full refund of your deposit or it can be rolled over to another Batman: Arkham Knight edition or another product of your choice. We will be providing everyone who purchases Batman: Arkham Knight with the New 52 skin pack, including Batman, Robin and Nightwing, free of charge."

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-Foxtrot1217d ago

Those f***** arseholes

I preordered this ages ago and they bloody tell me a WEEK BEFORE it's supposed to be released that they've cancelled it.

GAME told me a few days ago that on Wednesday they were going to charge me and instead they tell me it's been cancelled.

They've obviously knew about this for a while now.

Want to know why I'm so ticked off? Because I could of ordered the OTHER edition and now I can't because it's sold out.

GAME can take that £20 they want to give me ONLY FOR the normal edition and shove it.

Think I'll wait until this is reduced now. Warner Bros messed up big time.

Snakester951217d ago

Yeah, the email just went out today. That's crazy for them to cancel it the week before it's releasing. I'm curious why they did.

-Foxtrot1217d ago (Edited 1217d ago )

The least they could have done is upgraded everyone to the statue edition.

They would have know that Warner Brothers was being late because I'm sure they have to get stock in at least a week/two weeks before hand so they can get ready to send them out.

EDIT

Well I've just emailed GAME and told them I want the £20 either put onto my GAME points OR take £20 off the Fallout 4 Pipboy edition. Still going to loose £20 either way so it may aswell be another collectors edition not trying to rope me in buying the normal edition

EDIT #2

I've heard reports looking around on the forums and that and apparently there's been a few rumours here and there.

One is that Gamestop is calling people telling them they've been cancelled directly.

Another one is that apparently Amazon US have told people they actually have the editions in the warehouse but are currently "on hold"

So if true for everyone the Batmobile edition has actually been made.

It can't be a quality issues since Tri Force who are doing the statue have been pretty good quality wise so I doubt it's came from their end.

Warner Bros better make it up to those who've pre ordered. Give us the Season Pass at least.

Snakester951217d ago

I haven't heard anything on Amazon, but an employee from GameStop informed me that they're not being sold currently. The website isn't selling them as well.

mikeslemonade1217d ago

I'd tell you they probably didn't know until now. In production the Batmobile probably didn't come out right.

morganfell1217d ago

Because of this:

http://n4g.com/news/1732158...

I decided to wait until the GOTY edition. But I will say that there are a great many people that were the Batmobile Edition not up for preorder, would have gone with the Statue Edition. I agree with Foxtrot, this is bad because those fans are now thoroughly shafted. Also, who approved the prototype before it went into production?

CantBeStopped1217d ago

Maybe they used up time trying to resolve it and simply ran out of time.

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MrSwankSinatra1217d ago (Edited 1217d ago )

What's wrong with just buying the normal edition? This may have got canceled, but at least you get to keep more money in your pocket for other games.

Dark_Overlord1217d ago

Have you seen GAME's scandalous prices?

-Foxtrot1217d ago

Because I wanted the collectors edition....obviously

I like my collectors editions.

If you love a franchise, you will want to support it and get some goodies along the way

KwietStorm1217d ago

That's far beyond the point, MrSwank.

Fez1217d ago

pfft, normal edition... casual

rainslacker1216d ago

The batmobile edition was pretty sweet. Even if I wasn't a gamer I would have liked it for the collectible.

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Doodleburger1217d ago

Welcome to rocksteady/WB, kings of horrible PR, and lies.

Azakius1217d ago

I work for GAME (Reluctantly) and I can tell you that we only found out about this today at the same time as people who preordered. Maybe the higher ups knew but as far as the people that should know, only knew about it today

Chevalier1216d ago

i work at EB games and same sentiment. Giving preorder bonuse that were already going to be given is a crap incentive. They should have gone out of their way to upgrade everyone to a statue edition and given the full DLC as compensation.

Masterofwiiu3ds1217d ago

Wow - that honestly sucks. I 100% feel for you, man. I would be really upset if that happened to me (I couldn't even get this edition as it was sold out by the time I even knew about it).

PandaExpress1217d ago

I just received a phone call from my local Gamestop my batmobile edition from last year that i preordered is Canceled. This is very aggravating that it happens so close to launch day and You guys are not doing anything to help mend the pain. I cant even get a limited edition with statue cause its all gone now. What the hell Gamestop and Warner Brothers.

maladettolupo1217d ago

I'm a store manager at Gamestop, and I can assure you, we're just as upset about it as you. We only found out this afternoon, the same time the news broke, via an email containing the same statement from WB shown above. I have no idea why they've only made this decision now, less than a week from launch, when I have to think that SOMEONE from Rocksteady or WB had gotten their hands on the Batmobile long before this. As a fan of the series and a Batman fan in general, and someone who values his customers, know that it was as much of a surprise for the retailers as anyone. I wanted my Batmobile as much as you did.

mkis0071217d ago

To anyone who needs to change to a limited edition: Walmart.com still has them available for both platforms. Just preordered mine.

Angeljuice1217d ago

Oh no, no toy car to play with, what will I do?
These editions are designed to part fools from their money, you should all be glad its cancelled.

extermin8or1217d ago (Edited 1217d ago )

Because that's (the statue edition) a limited run too and all copies are sold out? Amd game only went gold recently they probably just found out...

Jason_Plays_PC1217d ago

Wow thats BS, another example how people can get away with whatever they want in the gaming industry because its not taken seriously.

Ashunderfire861217d ago

Holyyyy Shittt!!!! Ebayer sellers are not going to like this! Buyers gonna want their money back. They would say bu bu but I waste 400.00 dollars for nothing!

shloobmm31217d ago

I imagine spmerging went wrong in the factory and they got messed up.it is ninot uncommon for there to be major flaws and also not uncommon for the delivery of said items to come down to the wire like this. I imagine someone got their hands on the final product and found a major flaw.

BigDog551217d ago

Would you rather have a broken piece of crap ??

masa20091216d ago

Good occasion to cancel and wait for the inevitable Complete/Goty/Ultimate edition.

rezzah1216d ago

It is to calm the effect of the backlash that will occur with negative information, basically people not buying the game at all or waiting to buy it at a cheaper price.

Imagine this information being released a month ago, over 90% will be informed of the situation and the negativity will have a long time to sink in. However they released the info a week before, many more will not be as well informed of this info until the package arrives at their door.

!
This info was strategically released to keep up sales during the first week.
!

-Foxtrot1216d ago

You would think though in that time they would have came up with a fantastic solution to quickly shut down the negative spotlight shining down on them

Instead all three people. Rocksteady, TriForce and Warner Bros have been quiet.

All WB are giving us are the New 52 Skins pack...HOWEVER they are giving them out for free to EVERYONE.

There needs to be better compensation

rezzah1216d ago

It would cost more money and further delay the release of the game to attempt to come up with a equal or similar item (batmobile) worth of replacement for the same price of the CE.

That is why even a month (example) wouldn't be long enough to properly replace the replica.

Time held them back and they made their decision to do what they just did.

As a collector this is disappointing information, however as a regular Joe the free content can be an okay replacement.

-Foxtrot1216d ago (Edited 1216d ago )

They don't have to delay the game though think about it

When they thought about these two editions they had to get enough Steelbooks, Comics and Artbooks for both of them.

These things would have been manufactured first while the Statue/Batmobile would come last as they take more time.

The Batmobile is now cancelled meaning the other stuff that WOULD have been included in that edition is going to be sitting in a warehouse.

So they could have sent us those items and give us the Statue/Batmobile at a later date while giving us a huge discount and maybe the Season Pass for free.

I mean what they going to do with the extra Steelbook, Artbook and Comic now?

"Joe the free content can be an okay replacement."

It's a skin pack which was coming anyway ¬¬

rezzah1216d ago

Oh...didn't know it was content that was already coming lol.

Well now you know I never preordered the game. I still need to play City and Origins.

Christopher1216d ago (Edited 1216d ago )

When it's about the resulting quality of the item, I doubt they have much control over it. When in doubt, I guess they didn't want a Witcher 3 statue moment.

http://www.neogaf.com/forum...

Do agree it's weird that they're not giving the other items. Guess it was meant to all fit in a box or something and don't want to ship it for fear of damage or something? No clue.

-Foxtrot1216d ago

You'd think they would want to sell them though because they are just going to be lying around a warehouse gathering dust and they will loose their money

But if they sell what they have and try to find something to replace the Batmobile edition then I can wait.

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crazychris41241217d ago

Wonder what happened that they would just cancel it with a week left? Maybe the cargo ship lost some of its cargo.

Agent_00_Revan1217d ago

Wow, so the Batmobile edition is canned all together?! Wow, a little late to make that kind of announcement don't you think?

I got the Statue Edition, mostly because of the price, but also the Batmobile Edition was sold out at the time.

Even if quality is compromised, if any of them do make it out into the wild, they'll be a nice collectors item.

TXIDarkAvenger1217d ago (Edited 1217d ago )

That's some BS right there. Luckily I got the Limited Edition Statue version because the Batmobile version was sold out.

TBH its better they cancelled it instead of giving you some shitty Batmobile. But they really should have notified customers early on, not 1 week before the game releases.

RosweeSon1217d ago

Yeah I'm glad it was cancelled rather than released as a shody product was pretty expensive but my banks probably much happier, specially this week, guess I'll just grab that silver console instead ;)

extermin8or1217d ago

Production probably only just ended
.... Likely only just found out.

shloobmm31217d ago

I work for a purchasing company and when you preorder large quantities frpm a business there is normally a queue. You dont just jump to the front of the line. If there are other companoes or items ahead of yours they will be manufactured first and you are given a lead time. 99% of the time that lead time is cutting it extremely close to what your launch or opening date is. I imagine that was the case here. By the time they found the flaw it was too late. They probably only found out a few days ago and then checked to see if they could have them done again the right away in the alotted time left and when their were no other options were then forced to cancel them. unfortunately these things do happen. I ordered 400 tvs for a property in Arkansas that were seriously messed up. Previous to that i had put 250 of the exact same model in another resort that worked perfect. After talking to the manufacturer we found that something went wrong during manufacturing and there was a bad batch of tvs. About 700 in all and i got 400 of them.

Lon3wolf1217d ago

Ouch that sucks for the people that wanted it, not a good move waiting until now to do it.