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GAME drops Last Story, holds crunch publisher talks

Thursday, 23rd February 2012 14:20 GMT By Johnny Cullen

GAME has confirmed to VG247 its pulled The Last Story completely from its line-up, as a report this afternoon has said the retailer held crunch talks with publishers this week over its future.

While confirming The Last Story will not be stocked in its stores this week, GAME emphasised the rest of its imminent line-up.

A statement sent to VG247 read: “There is a lot activity going on in our stores and online this weekend including the releases of Syndicate: Executive Edition, Jak & Daxter Collection, Zumba Fitness Rush, Binary Domain, and Fallout New Vegas: Ultimate Edition. The Last Story, for the Wii, is not in stock and we have apologised to any customers this has affected.”

The retailer has cancelled all pre-orders of the standard edition of the Mistwalker RPG, having previously switched them over from the collectors edition earlier this week.

“Unfortunately we are no longer stocking The Last Story on Wii. If you return to the store, they will be happy to refund your £5.00 deposit,” said a mail sent to pre-order holders, via Nintendo Life.

“I apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

The Last Story isn’t the first game tied to GAME’s ongoing business problems. We revealed earlier this week that the chain wasn’t to stock Ubisoft’s launch line-up for PlayStation Vita.

Before that, Tekken Prime 3D for 3DS also went missing from the shop.

MCV‘s reported this afternoon that GAME held a meeting at BAFTA HQ with its major suppliers this Tuesday, where it said its recent store closures and staff trimming were steps “in the right direction.”

GAME has told us it’s looking into the MCV report.

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10 Comments

  1. silkvg247

    So.. reading between the lines are they about to go under?

    Or have they had a falling out with certain publishers for some yet to be disclosed reason?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Akira_Tenshi

    I bought this game from Shopto and got it 2 days early and for less than what GAME were charging. Screw GAME, don’t use them, they are an absolute joke.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. silkvg247

    @2 Yeah online has been the way to shop for a while now. Have been a fan of ShopTo a while though their site is a mess. ;)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. GrimRita

    GAME must be in need of some cash. They emailed me yesterday to purchase SWTOR Collectors Edition for – wait for it….£79.99! It was £130 in December.

    Although I cant stand them, if they do go under, so many jobs on the high street will be lost, at a time when there are so many empty shops there. Its just a shame GAME didnt move with the times(just like HMV havent) and both are paying the price.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. TheBlackHole

    Publishers are starting to cull GAME’s credit allowances, meaning they have to pay cash for stock. HMV have been doing this for some time, although they seem to be better at hiding it.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. silkvg247

    I guess it’s all downhill from here then.

    To be honest the smart retailer would have jumped on the digital and e-tailer bandwagon and started to phase out physical shops 5 years ago. Their efforts at moving online have been dire, the GAME website has nothing to make it stand out and the prices never seem competetive.

    I know it’s awful that real people are going to lose jobs, but who didn’t see this coming? Eventually high street as we know it will just not exist. Only clothes shops, specialist hobby shops, that kind of thing, will be bricks ‘n mortar. I mean do you really need to go out in person to hand-pick a DvD, CD, game or Blu ray?

    The only way to keep that kinda stuff working in bricks and mortar would be to offer something “better” than online. Can’t beat online for prices, so what else is there? I got nothing – neither do they, it seems.

    I’ve often thought this problem through and I do get some ideas rushing through my mind, but still not sure it’d ever work. For example, smaller shops with USB file dispensing machines which give you digital content for less £££’s. But with the internet, who needs that? Or try before you buy.. but it isn’t practical, and we can download demos online anyway. In a nutshell I have to be negative on this and say that this kind of retailing is surely doomed – especially once trade-in games are castrated / cut down via digital online pass systems. Trade-In was the one thing these poor guys did have going for them..

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    Statement added. Confirmed.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DSB

    @6 Yup, and there’s a word for that: Blockbuster.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. SplatteredHouse

    So, the message from GAME is an apology for not stocking the game you may have been hoping to buy from us tomorrow, but there’s all this other stuff here for you to buy instead?!? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

    Game Specialist? The things mentioned can be found some place else just as easily, and with more assurety.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. NeoSquall

    Looks like I’ll have to purchase that Heroes VI Collector’s Edition soon, before they definitely go bust.

    #10 3 years ago

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