Battlefield 3 Aussie street date broken

Wednesday, 26 October 2011 05:18 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Australian retailers have been ordered to remove Battlefield 3 from sale after at least two stores broke street date.

Gamepron reports local distributor All Interactive has given the go ahead to all retailers to begin selling Battlefield 3 early, after a chain of broken street dates.

A Target in NSW was the first to put the game on sale, ahead of its official launch tomorrow. As a result, a JB HiFI employee told Kotaku the chain would also begin selling the game early.

EA Australia and All Interactive had ordered JB HiFi to pull the game immediately, but JB HiFi is said to have given all stores the go ahead anyway.

EB Games, Gametraders and GAME, arguably the nation’s premiere specialist chains, initially indicated they wouldn’t be offering the game early, but a follow up tweet from EB Games revealed the retailer had decided to go head after all.

Many outlets had planned to host midnight launches today. An EB Games representative told VG247 that individual stores were weighing the merits of going ahead with planned launch events.

“It literally went on sale one minute ago, and we’ve had heaps of customers, call, so. We’re working on it,” he said, before asking hopefully if we were going to turn up.

Battlefield 3 released yesterday in the US and arrives in Europe on Friday.