Independent game stores are reporting that they won’t get their copies of Red Dead Redemption 2 in time for its October 26th release date.
On Friday, the long wait is over: Red Dead Redemption 2 will hit stores on October 26th. But according to a new report, not every store will be stocked on release day.
Distributors across the country are telling small, independent game stores that they won’t get their stock of RDR2 discs in time for the October 26th release day. According to Kotaku, some stores are being told that their orders won’t come in until a week later, with some even having to wait longer still.
Big box stores such as Walmart and Best Buy, as well as video game chain GameStop will all get their copies in time for Friday, and of course the game will be available for digital download, but local stores are out of look. And that can mean huge losses for small businesses.
One store said they started taking pre-orders two years ago and had accumulated roughly 1,000 reservations. At $60 a pop, that translates to $60,000 in lost sales. That kind of loss is absolutely disastrous for mom and pop stores, and might even result in some closures.
In addition, game rental service GameFly also won’t get their copies in time for Friday’s release. An email sent to GameFly customers last week broke the bad news: “Our supplier has indicated that we will not receive the game prior to its release date,” the company wrote.
“At this time, we do not expect to ship PS4 discs before Wednesday, November 7th. We understand Red Dead Redemption 2 is a very popular game and apologize for this delay.”
The official reason for the delays are issues with the supply of discs. Red Dead Redemption 2 comes on a 2-disc set, making it require twice as many discs as most modern games. This required suppliers to prioritize larger chains over independent stores.
However, some stores are skeptical that’s the only reason. Some stores speaking to Kotaku speculate that the publisher wanted a tighter grip on the release of their big blockbuster game and restricted the supply to independent stores who would be more likely to break the street date.
Gamers aren’t going to wait to get their hands on a hot new release, which means they’ll go to big box stores or just download from the comfort of their living room. Any way you look at it, this spells a big loss for the little guy.