UPDATE Activision just contacted us and in no uncertain terms said that nobody has been given permission to sell the game early. Not GameStop, not the indie video game store on the corner, not anybody.
Activision has not given any retailer permission to sell Modern Warfare 2 prior to the Nov. 10 street date. The company fully supports the Nov.10 street date.
And there you have it. (I always thought this whole thing sounded fishy. Why would Activision spend millions upon millions of dollars publishing the game, marketing the Nov. 10 date, only to break it because a couple of mom-and-pop video game stores decided to sell it early? It didn’t make sense. As it that doesn’t happen all the time, street dates being broken by rogue stores.)
So if you do find a copy of the game before tomorrow consider yourself lucky.
I’ve kept the original text down here, just because. You’ll notice that I cleverly struck it out, indicating that it’s no longer valid.
You most certainly already know this by now, but Modern Warfare 2 is probably already available at your local GameStop. The release date (tomorrow, actually) was broken last week by various so-called mom-and-pop video game stores, so Activision went ahead and started letting select GameStops sell the game.
GameStop, with Activision’s eventual approval, made the decision to break the street date, as its known, because other stores, particularly in the northeast, had already broken the date. Can’t have li’l ol’ mom-and-pop have all the fun, now can we?
What does this mean for you? You can try to call your local GameStop, and see if it’s selling the game early. If so, hooray. If not, you’ll have to wait one more agonizing day to play the game.
I’m still undecided if I’m going to get it, seeing as though World of Warcraft takes up a supermajority of my gaming time. Not that any of you care, which I fully recognize.