It looks as though Gears of War 3 was sent out to customers a few days early in Norway.
According to a report from Norwegian site PressFire, customers who purchased the game online through store Elkjop.no have reported, and sent in pictures as proof, that they received the game before its street date of September 20.
Microsoft issued a statement on the matter saying the broken street date was something it would “immediately” follow-up on.
“Gears of War 3 shall not, under any circumstances be sold before the launch date on September 20 and violations of this is something we look very seriously,” said Microsoft Norway.
The online store said it was “keen to keep these deadlines,” and was unsure how it happened.
“We informed Microsoft yesterday,” read a statement. “Now we [are] examining what has happened, so it does not happen again.”
You can read more on this via the PressFire link, which sent us the tip.
If any of our readers can speak Norwegian, it would be most helpful to us if they could make sure Google translated the original article for us properly. Thanks in advance.
Meanwhile, we’ll send Epic a mail.