Recently a Reddit Post, regarding a rumour around the Mass Effect Remaster has been exploding, which if you want to see if yourselves, it can be found here:
In summary, This post really focuses itself around the UK retailer GAME having pre-orders ready for what shows on their pre-ordering system as N7 (Mass Effect Trilogy Remastered). The biggest point though, is that the pre-order states the game is releasing on the 29th September. Now alone that date actually sits about right, as most games release on a Friday or Tuesday in the UK, although it is incredibly quick and a bit soon to be getting in the pre-orders without any official announcement yet.
But we thought we would be able to get more information on this rumour, so, we did. To give a little history, a while back I used to work at Gamestation, which during at that time, was purchased by and was ran alongside GAME before eventually merging both brands into one. During my time there and as all the systems were merged over into one, I actually met a couple of people who worked in Head-Office and specifically, one of which had worked on their IT systems. So, when I saw the rumours, the receipt, and the pre-order listing I thought, what else but to send this rumour mill to that friend and see what his thoughts were, and here is what he thought.
That friend, who identifies as "Pixel-Moo" in the image below, decided he they would weigh in on the rumour and share some of his insight, which we have summarised below. Pixel-Moo states:
"GAME has variations as to how they add a game onto a "pre-order sheet" and tilling system. But the two most common ways are as follows:
One way is they are approached by a publisher, (usually with Non-Disclosure Agreements) asking them to prepare for a particular game. In most instances, the publishers give the name of the product/game, but sometimes a code name is given that added to the tilling system, that will be amended once the game is announced.
Alternatively, analysts or/and marketing could find out about a game separately, I.E. an e3 event because, as you can imagine, not all publishers approach the company. In this instance, the company adds the game onto the sheet but instead of the game being a "pre-order", it will actually be a "Register you Interest" which technically turns into a pre-order as the game and stock numbers get confirmed, although this was a problem area, (I'm not sure if they ever fixed it) people who had registered their interest but had not done a "pre-order" were not guaranteed stock, which caused no end of complaints.
The fact that there is a printed receipt where £5 has been handed over to GAME shows extreme confidence in the date, stock and product itself."
So, it seems really clear that because someone was able to put a £5 deposit down, the retailer GAME is confident that it will be receiving stock of these products. From a business perspective, it's seems bad to lock people into money for a game they might not get. It wouldn't make any sense for them to risk their reputation any further by setting up their customers in this way.
I can confirm from the statement made by Pixel-Moo above, that there was a real issue with people "registering interest" on games and not getting a copy of a game due to it not being a true pre-order. So, its not to say GAME doesn't come without its flaws, and both myself and Pixel-Moo haven't worked for organisation in over 10 years now so the way they handle pre-orders could have changed. Although, we can confirm from a sneaky visit to our local GAME, the tilling system does not appear to have changed in appearance, and the pre-order slips basically use the same SKU inputs style as they did when we worked there, so maybe there is a little beacon of hope here!
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