Halo 3 street date broken down under

Australian retailers have joined a growing worldwide trend by releasing one of the most anticipated games of the year--Halo 3--a week ahead of its scheduled official launch date. A thread appeared on the GameSpot AU forum mid this afternoon from user lucas_kelly claiming to have a copy of Halo 3...

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Australian retailers have joined a growing worldwide trend by releasing one of the most anticipated games of the year--Halo 3--a week ahead of its scheduled official launch date. A thread appeared on the GameSpot AU forum mid this afternoon from user lucas_kelly claiming to have a copy of Halo 3 limited edition. Amid speculation from other users demanding proof, he posted a picture of the Aussie Halo 3 limited edition packaging and contents alongside a piece of paper showing his username next to it.

When contacted by GameSpot AU, lucas_kelly refused to name the retailer but did explain how he managed to get Halo 3. "I pre-ordered it, then they [the retailer] got it in today and rang me up to say I could come and get it," he said.

There is always a risk of leaking copies when sending out your biggest titles for the year to retailers a week or more before official release. 2K Games recently learned that lesson when BioShock was released in a few rogue stores in the United States before the official release date. GameSpot UK also reported earlier today that copies of Halo 3 have leaked out into customers hands by trigger-happy retailers.

Microsoft Australia declined to comment.

Discussion

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DarkManiaN_1979
DarkManiaN_1979

Thats just bound to happen isn't it. Good on Lucas for scoring too.

daqua_99
daqua_99

Hmm ... I wonder where he got it from ... as for LazDude ... it probibally wasn't EB, as they would have knowledge of release dates ... it might have been some place like K-Mart of something which doesn't know/care about things like this ...

Lazdude
Lazdude

I wonder if he's talking about Electronics Boutique. After all that is Australia's only mainstream game retailer.

kozanecki
kozanecki

Australian retailers have joined a growing worldwide trend by releasing one of the most anticipated games of the year--Halo 3--a week ahead of its scheduled official launch date. A thread appeared on the GameSpot AU forum mid this afternoon from user lucas_kelly claiming to have a copy of Halo 3 limited edition. Amid speculation from other users demanding proof, he posted a picture of the Aussie Halo 3 limited edition packaging and contents alongside a piece of paper showing his username next to it.

When contacted by GameSpot AU, lucas_kelly refused to name the retailer but did explain how he managed to get Halo 3. "I pre-ordered it, then they [the retailer] got it in today and rang me up to say I could come and get it," he said.

There is always a risk of leaking copies when sending out your biggest titles for the year to retailers a week or more before official release. 2K Games recently learned that lesson when BioShock was released in a few rogue stores in the United States before the official release date. GameSpot UK also reported earlier today that copies of Halo 3 have leaked out into customers hands by trigger-happy retailers.

Microsoft Australia declined to comment.