The lights are on
When the weather is crappy outside, nothing is better than hunkering down with your console for an extended gaming session. But with a category one hurricane barreling into the eastern seaboard, that may not be an option for some gamers. Power companies are urging citizens to brace for outages, and several game stores are closing just as eager fans were prepping to attend midnight launches for Assassin's Creed III.
A few hours ago, GameStop posted the following message on its Facebook page:
"Our top priority is the safety of our employees and customers. In compliance with directives issued by state and local authorities, stores in the path of Hurricane Sandy will remain closed until it is safe to re-open and midnight openings for Assassin's Creed III have been cancelled in the northeast. Customers should check with their local stores for details on when we will re-open."
If you live on the east coast and were planning to attend a GameStop midnight launch, make sure you call to see if they are still planning to be open. Similarly, Target, Walmart, and Best Buy have closed many stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
Though tomorrow is undoubtedly the biggest date on the Ubisoft calendar in terms of retail sales, the publisher urges people to be sensible when thinking about trekking out to pick up the game. "Ubisoft’s first and foremost concern is for the safety all of the people who may be affected by Hurricane Sandy," says public relations manager Stone Chin. "Assassin’s Creed III has pre-sold more than twice as many as the previous title and has a strong and loyal fan-base. The game will still be there when gamers are able to pick up or receive it."
Assassin's Creed III isn't the only prominent game with bad timing. Need For Speed: Most Wanted, Lego Lord of the Rings, and WWE 13 are also slated to release tomorrow. How this uncooperative weather affects the bottom line for the publishers of these games isn't clear just yet to analysts.
"It's very difficult to quantify," says Pacific Crest Securities senior research analyst Evan Wilson. "For the biggest games – like AC3 – we'd expect gamers, many who have preordered, to still get the game, although some sales will be delayed. For the secondary purchases there will be a much more notable impact as they face more competition from other new titles. Games dates are chosen very carefully, and competition can vary from week to week. Probably the biggest loser is GameStop and other retailers. Fortunately, this isn't happening during the holiday shopping period when many games see the bulk of their sales even if they are released earlier."
Whether you are braving the storm to procure a copy of your highly anticipated game or boarding up your windows to prevent storm damage, we wish you the best. Be safe, east coasters.
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As a person who lives relatively in the path of Sandy I must say that from my friends in NYC it is not a pretty story. A very sensible action of Gamestop and BestBuy. Hoping that everyone has power and is alright is a first and foremost concern, making sure you can get that calm me down drink is another (after all if it wasn't so dangerous the rain would be a nice incentive to play games and drink cocoa right?).
So you mean to tell me I just went to GameStop and back only to find this post 2 minutes afterwards...real nice.
I'm in upstate NY and even though the winds have been well above normal, I've seen far worse and this is no reason for a midnight release to be canceled. Now in NYC, they are getting pounded and no one should try going out same for West Virginia and NJ. But for Gamestop to cancel all Northeast midnight launches is ridiculous. Not every city or town is gonna get hit bad and those of us not hit bad by Sandy should have been able to get our AC3 or NFS:MW tonight. I do hope all of you getting hit bad are safe and hope it calms soon.
I hope the guys at the east coast are safe. Is this the 1st time a games midnight launch has been cancelled?
I have Assassins Creed III preordered, but for the PC, which does not release until Nov 20th. Oh well, I have plenty of other games to enjoy until then. I need to catch up with games that I missed for the past year.
assassinate the hurricane
Well Sandy is a good time for me to settle in and catch up on some other great games that have released this year.
I wish my name was Stone Chin...
My thoughts are with everyone in Sandy's path. I hope you all stay safe!
Living outside of Philadelphia, PA I got the phone call from Gamestop saying I would not be able to pick up ACIII at midnight...as long as the power stays on I will try to finish up XCOM.
......his name is stone chin.....he wins everything
Well, safety first.
no assassins creed liberation for me damn sandy screw you where the sun dont shine!!!
In upstate NY, the storm and winds were gone by Midnight. However further south it was really bad. I think they should have done a case by case basis instead of mass closing. I tip my hat to Gamestop, but I also think it was a bit kneejerk.
Sandy was a joke.. back @ work with nothing to do
safety comes first
So got my AC 3 last night thanks to Sandy for passing FL earlier in the weekend. Hats off to G-Stop for thinking about peoples safety even though it could impact their sales. Its a noble gesture. But I will say AC3 from the little I played is a contender for Game of the Year for me already. Its a fight between that and Mass Effect 3