Mass Effect 3 screenshot
Mass Effect 3 screenshot

GAME Group will not be stocking Mass Effect 3 and all future EA published titles beyond SSX this Friday, reports Eurogamer.

This includes all GAME and Gamestation stores.

GAME and Gamestation staff tipped off Eurogamer after a company-wide memo was distributed to stores this morning.

Individual stores have also confirmed that the information is correct, with the last EA game to be stocked for the foreseeable future being SSX.

According to the memo, GAME will not stock EA titles because it is "committed to only stocking products on which we could get the right credit terms". It appears GAME and EA could not reach a credit deal which GAME was happy with.

EA hasn't outright confirmed no stock for GAME, but the retailer's absence from the Mass Effect 3 Launch Update looks ominous.

"For customers who have pre-ordered the N7 Collector's Edition please re-order your copies through these retailers," states the website, pointing to Amazon, Play, Zavvi and ShopTo.

The website continues: "For further information regarding the Mass Effect 3 Standard Edition with the N7 Warfare Gear in-game weapons pack, please check this page later today.

"If you have placed a deposit for a pre-order or are uncertain that your existing pre-order will be guaranteed, please contact your local retailer.

"Your local retailer is doing everything possible to make this process as smooth as possible to ensure you get your copy on launch day."

The GAME memo states that customers will receive a full refund and £5 worth of Reward Points as a "gesture of goodwill".

Update: GAME has issued a statement confirming the stock issue for Mass Effect 3.

"We currently have a supply issue with regards to Mass Effect 3, which means that GAME and gamestation will not be able to fulfil orders for Mass Effect 3 at this time. We want to give customers as much notice about this as possible and provide them with a range of options ahead of launch.

"We appreciate that this is disappointing for our customers, and we apologise sincerely for the inconvenience that this will cause. We value the loyalty of our customers very highly and as a gesture of goodwill we are providing the following:

  • Customers who have pre-ordered in store, will have the opportunity to add £5 worth of Reward points to their card if they visit us from today through to 16 March 2012.
  • Customers who have placed a deposit for the title will receive refund as well as the £5 worth of Reward points between 1 and 16 March 2012.
  • Customers who have pre-ordered online, will be provided with an online voucher to the value of £5 to be spent on any purchase on our sites.

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pblive

I'd prefer that they sold off the GAME shops and keep Gamestation. The deals and points are better, though the website is terrible.

Nintendo apparently might have done a new last minute deal according to some sources, but too late for Mario Party.

That would leave EA to negotiate with.
Posted 16:33 on 29 February 2012
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Neon-Soldier32

So, Game aren't stocking the biggest release so far this year when they're in debt? Good job!

Better start playing this:

YouTube Video
Posted 15:42 on 29 February 2012
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Clockpunk

I wonder what their plans are with Acti - and whether or not they could survive with the support of that single mega-publisher...
Posted 15:15 on 29 February 2012
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dudester

No mass effect, no fifa no need for speed, no tiger might as well just shut game down now, even if they did carry on the loss of the likes of fifa later in the year will hurt massively and not sure they would recover from it.
Posted 14:50 on 29 February 2012
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dazzadavie

Next I can see Game selling off Gamestation while closing more than the 35 stores they are already closing.
Maybe we'll see the shrink of Game and maybe going back to how it was when EB was around, A good place to go. If not this time next year they may not even be a Game group.
Posted 14:06 on 29 February 2012
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Bloodstorm

Word on the street is that SFXT won't be stocked either.
Posted 13:59 on 29 February 2012
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Woffls

Oh this means I get £10 of in store credit because I was a Gameplay customer as well! Not bad, but I'd rather have GP back and a safe ME3 CE pre-order. I will be spending these points, and my £10 Gamestation gift card, as soon as possible after this.

Placed pre-orders with Zavvi, Gamestop and Play. Tried ShopTo but they put too many barriers in my way and I couldn't be bothered. Not sure if I will cancel any of them, even if it means I have to buy all three and sell a couple.
Posted 12:59 on 29 February 2012
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tvr77@ TomPearson

yeah, i did say below "guess ill av to shop online". I just prefer to have a good nose at all the actual items etc and also see what bargains there might be. I shop online a lot but its good to have more options, is it not?
Posted 12:55 on 29 February 2012
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TomPearson@ tvr77

Have you tried the internet?
Posted 12:45 on 29 February 2012
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andyb2610

what started with rumours has all but surely been confirmed - GAME is on a very steep downward spiral. Offering £5 in reward points may turn out to be worthless, better use up any accumulated gift cards and reward points sooner rather than later - as long as they have any games on the shelves that is!
Posted 12:37 on 29 February 2012
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MrGloomy

I just heard that all pre-ordered copies of ME3 will have to be refunded, including my pre-order from Gamestation. I haven't got confirmation, but I have it on good authority that this will definately happen. VERY ANNOYING!

I've just pro-ordered my collector's edition (again) with Zavvi, so I hope that I get the mail confirming my refund from Gamestation (also affected by this issue). I've since contacted Gamestation (and a inside-man friend of mine) to get some confirmation but it's looking pretty bleak.

I personally have always prefered to go to the high street retailer's as you can sometimes get some really good deals and - as a game playing addict - I could do with the exercise. Personally - and I hope I'm wrong - I can't see the GAME holding corporation lasting until the beginning of the 2013. We haven't even hit the retail mark for the new financial year yet.
Posted 12:23 on 29 February 2012
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MJTH

Wow this looks like the beginning of the end for Game. Not only because of the fact that Mass effect 3, a huge game for this year, in not going to be in sales, but game probably also makes a lot of money via ever green titles like such Fifa.

While not much is coming out now, no EA games in Game Game Station will become a lot more apparent E3 period and video game season (September through December).
Posted 12:22 on 29 February 2012
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tvr77

This is getting really bad for game now, i really hope it don't go under as without gamestation i would have to travel pretty far to get my gaming fix. There's plenty of supermarkets about for day one purchases though. Guess ill have to shop online for my bargain bin buys if the worse does happen.
I really wish them luck as we need plenty of gaming stores on our high streets to keep things competitive and a lot of folks will be out of a job. So fingers crossed
Posted 12:14 on 29 February 2012

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