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Modern Warfare 2 street date broken

Modern Warfare 2 street date broken

The street date for Modern Warfare 2 has been broken by some retailers, though that won't help PC gamers.

The street date for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has been predictably broken by some retailers and a new pricing and release war has broken out among stores in the US and UK.

LoveFilm and The Hut were the first to break the street date by the looks of things, with both stores mailing out copies to consumers as early as last Friday. The game is actually supposed to launch tomorrow, with many stores holding midnight openings for the title.

The Hut, which is also the dispatcher for LoveFilm, admitted to breaking the release date in the UK as part of an effort to circumvent the on-going postal strikes in the UK.

"We are dedicated to getting products to customers on release," a spokesperson told GI.biz. "We use Royal Mail as our preferred courier and were advised to dispatch on Thursday for delivery on Tuesday due to the impending strike action. This was called off on Thursday evening and we have contacted Royal Mail to hold the product until Tuesday."

The action set a precedent however and many consumers have reported being able to get copies of the game in high street stores across the world.

US games retailer GameStop confessed that it had deliberately broken the street date in some specific locations as part of an effort to protect customers in places where the game was already on sale ahead of schedule.

"Our decision followed many conversations with Activision and was an effort to protect our customer base," a GameStop rep told Kotaku

Late last week GAME in the UK sent out notices to customers saying that the title had been shipped early, but a later statement claimed that this was nothing more than an error with an automated notice system and that copies had not actually been shipped. HMV, who will be hosting the official launch at a London store tonight (and we'll be there), also issued a similar statement.

None of this will help PC gamers who get their copies early though, as Activision is using IWNet and the Steamworks functionality built into the game to prevent PC gamers from playing the game until the official release.

"If you bought a retail copy on PC, you can play it on 10.11.09," said Infinity Ward's Rob Bowling on his Twitter page.

A pricing war has since broken out on the game too, with Sainsbury's and HMV leading the way according to MCV. The cheapest you can get Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for at the moment is either £26 from Sainsbury's or £9.99 from HMV - provided you trade in Froza 3, Tekken 6 or Uncharted 2. So much for a £55 retail price, eh?

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smc8788 9th November 2009, 10:57 Quote
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If you bought a retail copy on PC, you can play it on 10.11.09

That's funny, because the Steam page for MW2 says it won't unlock until the 12th of November (currently 2 days and 13 hours away).
hugo60 9th November 2009, 11:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by smc8788
That's funny, because the Steam page for MW2 says it won't unlock until the 12th of November (currently 2 days and 13 hours away).

Steam isn't the same as a retail copy.
smc8788 9th November 2009, 11:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by hugo60
Steam isn't the same as a retail copy.

Er, I thought that was the whole idea of using the Steam integration for the PC version - a normal retail copy behaves exactly the same as a Steam purchase.
MajorTom 9th November 2009, 11:11 Quote
@hugo60 isn't it?
hugo60 9th November 2009, 11:13 Quote
They obviously work the same but steam unlocks later, probably so that they dont get 100% of the sales.
CardJoe 9th November 2009, 11:17 Quote
If you bought a retail copy then you can play the game on 10.11.09, which is when Steam will unlock those copies.

If you bought the game THROUGH STEAM then you can't play until the 12th, which is when Steam unlocks THOSE copies.

It's part of Activision's sneaky system to funnel people towards buying the game at higher prices on the high street.
Psytek 9th November 2009, 11:41 Quote
My copy got sent out early, but I haven't actually received it yet. A lot of places have been advising couriers (not royal mail) that they should deliver on 10.11.09 and hold the package till then.
[GAH] Cheesey 9th November 2009, 11:55 Quote
Got my copy on Sat morning for PC and annoyed I haven't been able to play it yet.

Mate across from me in my office has already completed Single Player on PS3.
B1GBUD 9th November 2009, 12:01 Quote
MW2... a complete shambles from the start.... well done Activision
shigllgetcha 9th November 2009, 12:20 Quote
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US games retailer GameStop confessed that it had deliberately broken the street date in some specific locations as part of an effort to protect customers in places where the game was already on sale ahead of schedule.

there was more detail on this on joystiq, cant see it at work. independant game shops were selling it before release to beat gamestop, gamestop were thne allowed by IW/Acti to sell it early in some areas that were effected.

ofcourse we couldnt let them outdo gamestop
mikeuk2004 9th November 2009, 12:27 Quote
If I get it, it will be when its £20 second hand. No retail copy from me. I bought all my COD's second hand. Games Like Assassins Creed 2 gets my cash for a new game. :)
impar 9th November 2009, 12:31 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
If I get it, it will be when its £20 second hand.
Not the PC version, it is locked to Steam.
Woodspoon 9th November 2009, 12:42 Quote
Who cares when it comes out?
Multi player's going to be an epic fail anyway so why bother
lewchenko 9th November 2009, 12:50 Quote
As the mulitplayer piece is worthless anyway Im contemplating renting it for £5.95 from Blockbusters on PS3, as Im sure the single player will still be quite fun (just not worth buying on the PC sadly due to the way they have treated us which would have been my preferred platform of choice to buy it on initially.)
eek 9th November 2009, 13:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
If I get it, it will be when its £20 second hand. No retail copy from me. I bought all my COD's second hand. Games Like Assassins Creed 2 gets my cash for a new game. :)
It's £20 brand new in makro, and just £26 in Sainsburys... there are rumours that Morrisons are even going to discount it lower than this.

It'll take the best part of a year for it to reach such a low price again (COD4 still commands a high price)... why wait when you can have it tomorrow?!
cheeriokilla 9th November 2009, 14:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by smc8788
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If you bought a retail copy on PC, you can play it on 10.11.09

That's funny, because the Steam page for MW2 says it won't unlock until the 12th of November (currently 2 days and 13 hours away).

It probably has to release dates, one for the US and one for the rest of the world, happened to me with Borderlands and Dragon Age
Psy-UK 9th November 2009, 15:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by B1GBUD
MW2... a complete shambles from the start.... well done Activision

It's not really their fault now, is it?
Kai 9th November 2009, 15:23 Quote
The cheapest I've seen the game is £4.99.....lol

Gamestation, trade in 2 games from a selection and get MW2 for £4.99....

A pretty damn good deal if you ask me :P
Veles 9th November 2009, 15:26 Quote
That's not really that unusual for a tuesday release to get a friday dispatch date. 1st class is 1-2 days delivery, shops will assume it will take the longest of those quoted figures, so Saturday dispatch. Then an extra day due to potential delays with the strikes.

Of course, it rarely takes 1st class post 2 days, that's why I get most of my games a day early.
cjmUK 9th November 2009, 15:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Psy-UK
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Originally Posted by B1GBUD
MW2... a complete shambles from the start.... well done Activision

It's not really their fault now, is it?

Really? You don't think that the devs are working in conjunction with the publishers?
Motoko 9th November 2009, 17:08 Quote
i got mine for 24.99 with free delivery from coolshop.co.uk and i received it last friday.
Star*Dagger 9th November 2009, 17:32 Quote
I feel sorry for people who bought this game. When they realize that it has been consolified and is in no way worthy of the COD moniker.

Do not buy this game if you have not already. There are better games out there, like Shattered Horizon (which is taking PC gaming by storm).

Yours in just say no to moronic corporate decisions,
Star¤Dagger
Golygus 9th November 2009, 17:34 Quote
like motoko - £24.99 @ coolshop.co.uk, though I haven't received mine yet!
Adam-Mck 9th November 2009, 18:38 Quote
This thread is about the street date being broken not how shambolic the game is or isnt. The fact that major online traders are pushing the game's out of the door and into the the hands of the end user is the problem.

Yes we have a problem with the royal mail and there insuring that the game is dispatched on time.

But there is the fact that there could be more prevention by Microsoft and Sony, in the same way the devs and publishers have done for the PC format. that being the game is unplayable until day dot.
Kai 9th November 2009, 20:12 Quote
I agree but the problem is making the console formats unplayable until the release date.
That is a near impossible task.

Unfortunately with buying online and shipping and the postal service there are now no guarantees.
Stores have to stick stringently to the release dates, else they will be facing a hefty fine, and the assistant who sold the game can be fined and even face being taken to court (a possible jail sentence).....

Without these rules facing the online market, i mean it's pretty impossible to police since they can claim an early release was due to the want for the game to arrive exactly on time, and the postal service 'accidentally' delivered it early, things like this will happen again and again, and it will be the stores that suffer.
Veles 9th November 2009, 20:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Adam-Mck
This thread is about the street date being broken not how shambolic the game is or isnt. The fact that major online traders are pushing the game's out of the door and into the the hands of the end user is the problem.

Yes we have a problem with the royal mail and there insuring that the game is dispatched on time.

But there is the fact that there could be more prevention by Microsoft and Sony, in the same way the devs and publishers have done for the PC format. that being the game is unplayable until day dot.

In the end, what does it really matter?
$plit 9th November 2009, 20:46 Quote
ok..not sure i get this, so you guys are getting your copies but arent able to play them yet? even in SP? is there some kind of registration required first? I see all these peeps with the game in hand but no reviews? explain plz..
impar 9th November 2009, 20:55 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by $plit
is there some kind of registration required first?
Steam.
Hypno 9th November 2009, 21:07 Quote
A big who care really, they've screwed the PC version up and my wallet is staying very much closed! Not interested in the series any more.
$plit 9th November 2009, 21:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by impar
Greetings!

Steam.

ok.. i realize that is required for MP, but SP as as well?
impar 9th November 2009, 21:26 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by $plit
ok.. i realize that is required for MP, but SP as as well?
Yep.
DXR_13KE 10th November 2009, 00:06 Quote
Froza 3?
peterh 10th November 2009, 06:37 Quote
I pre-ordered the Prestige edition back in July and HMV sent it out on the 3rd November. Received it Monday morning, it's great!
azrael- 10th November 2009, 09:54 Quote
There are actually people buying this game for PC...?
impar 10th November 2009, 10:14 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by azrael-
There are actually people buying this gam for PC...?
Yep.
Know of at least two cases here. They are really annoyed to have to wait for Steam authorization to play the sp part.

With all the hype around the game, wouldnt be surprised that it seels better than CoD4 in PC.
impar 10th November 2009, 15:00 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
If you bought a retail copy then you can play the game on 10.11.09, which is when Steam will unlock those copies.
If you bought the game THROUGH STEAM then you can't play until the 12th, which is when Steam unlocks THOSE copies.
It's part of Activision's sneaky system to funnel people towards buying the game at higher prices on the high street.
Not higher prices.
MW2-Steam is 59,99€/£53.78
MW2-OnlineRetail is 36.80€/£32.99

Steam is ~63% more expensive.
SNIPERMikeUK 10th November 2009, 20:24 Quote
I am disgusted with Sainsburys, after advertising the game for £26. They turned it into a bloody raffle outside giving tickets to those that were in the Q, and did not even have enough to go around.

Last time I even bother with sainsburys for games....screw em.....
Ending Credits 10th November 2009, 20:56 Quote
I got ARMA II a full week early I believe although FC2 was 4 days late and MW2 should have been here today.
sui_winbolo 10th November 2009, 22:54 Quote
Ugh, why do people bitch so much? Jeepers.

I know posting this I'm being a hypocrite, but I mean c'mon. If you don't like the game, fair enough, stop spouting out about why you hate the game. This article isn't about your hatred of MW2. It's about some retailers breaking the street date.
Haramzadeh 10th November 2009, 23:22 Quote
Loyal PC gamer here. Sounds like a fun game with high production values, I loved the first one. Will buy it.

I agree with sui_winbolo. You guys bitch too much, its just a friggin game and IW doesn't owe you anything. Also, the game will obviously be one of the best-sellers of all time - including PC probably. So no matter what, IW has already "won". Whatever that means.

Frankly, I'm happy as long as I get to see the white house nuked, play a terrorist and shoot some russians. Gaming is my hobby, so I'm easily satisfied. Just my 2C, you may now continue whining.
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