Mass Effect To Hit Oz Early? [Update]

Mass Effect To Hit Oz Early? [Update]

Reports from tipsters Kookamoo and Dimorphic suggest that Mass Effect is available at EB Games today – a full week ahead of its original date of the 22nd.

A quick peek at the product on EB’s website does indeed reveal a new release date of the 16th.

Dimorphic even received a call yesterday from the kind folks at the games retailer:

My EB called me this afternoon and told me that they will have Mass Effect in store tomorrow and they have changed the release date on their website to the 16th Novemeber 2007.

A knee-jerk reaction to the broken street date in the States? Or a planned assault to catch Xbox 360/Bioware/RPG/lesbian alien sex fans unawares? Regardless, what the heck are you doing reading this? Buy the damn thing already!

Update: Turns out some retailers got their copies earlier than they should have. Despite calls from Microsoft to stop handing out the game, the selling continues. According to MS:

The stock slipped through our logistics provider early by mistake. The official release date remains November 22nd, we are working with our retail partners around this.

Seems like it’s a bit out of its hands now…


  • I was at an EB last night and overheard someone, possibly a staff member, chanting “Mass Effect tomorrow” over and over. I’d be more excited if I thought my 360 was going to see any action this weekend, but I’m just too busy for games. I’m not going to bother picking up Mass Effect until I have a free weekend where I can spend every waking hour with a controller in my hand.

  • I’m guessing that they needed a “big game” for this week seeing as Assassin’s Creed was delayed, so moved Mass Effect forward.

  • I just went into EB at Vic Gardens to see if they had it, the chick at the counter said it’s scheduled to come in on their delivery today. Guess we’ll see if they get it by lunchtime :p

  • God. Damn. It.

    Ok so Mass Effect wasn’t supposed to be out till the 22nd, and Assassin’s Creed got pushed back to the 21st as well. I already had plans to purchase a PS3 when Haze came out, but since it was pay day on Wednesday, and there was no Assassin’s Creed to hold me over, I decided to pick up the PS3 and Folklore instead.

    The next day was Thursday, and I was eager to start building my PS3 game collection straight away, so I picked up Ratchet and Clank : Tools of Destruction (which is AWESOME btw) looking forward to playing the two games over the weekend, while getting ready for the total overload the addition of Assassin’s Creed and Mass Effect would bring.

    Now I find out Mass Effect might be available at my local EB AT THIS VERY MINUTE? (ok so half an hour from now when the store opens) WTF? Now I’ll have no time at all to play the PS3 before I get swallowed up into the Mass Effect world, and to make things worse, I don’t have anywhere to play the damn thing because all my furniture (TV and consoles included) are squashed into another room while my house gets re-carpeted.


  • Yeah, I called my store last night too

    Their stock doesn’t arrive in til then – so don’t go rushing off to get it people, give them a call first.

  • Anyone have proof yet? (shops should be opening soon)

    If so i’ll have to get out of work early so i can make the shops before closing time.

    its going to be a sleepless weekend.

  • I just rang my local EB and they gave me their usual bully tactics about getting a pre order on it ASAP to make sure I get a copy. Apparently it arrives in store sometime after 3.00pm

    I just bought Crysis. This is going to strain the finances and my relationship with my family. Damn.

  • Yeah, i just called my local EB stores here in canberra and they both confirmed they are getting it this afternoon…

    The EB website is now showing ‘Mass Effect in stores today’

  • Rang JB and the guy said they should be getting it in their deliveries today also. $79 from JB, so people could try there or try and get EB to price match :p

  • I just received an SMS from the Knox City Ebgames in Melbourne saying that my pre-ordered copy of Mass Effect is in stock! Not only that, the SMS said you can get the game for free when you trade in a copy of Call of Duty 4.

  • FYI kids, a lot of stores already have it, and are indeed already selling it. Only EB Games, though, everywhere else is being held to the 22nd.

  • I’m hoping that JB Hifi’s going to be doing the same thing. I’d rather wait a week than buy it from EB with their ridiculous stock prices.

  • Just got mine ๐Ÿ˜€ Last one in the store, and they even price matched JB (thank god JB’s catalogue had the $79 price :P).

    If you plan to get it, be quick, PalGN is reporting the following:

    “UPDATE: Mass Effect Community Coordinator Chris Priestly has posted the following on the official BioWare forums: ‘We have spoken to Microsoft Australia and they have spoken with EB Australia’s head office. NO copy of Mass Effect will be sold before it’s Nov 22 launch date.'”

  • Got my copy from EB Games at the Pines in East Doncaster (Vic) they said they have 17 copies and 13 pre orders so I was lucky enough to get 1 of the four remaining copies, all this after they told me on the phone that they have none! I also spoke with the Doncaster Shopping Town store they mentioned “we have a few just stop by at some point today” so if your near and want a copy go get it from there.

    Lastly I was able to swap 3 old games and get Mass Effect for $9,95 as per the add on the EB games AU web site.

    Hope it’s a good game!

  • picked mine up from an eb store in brisbane with the preorder pack and jb had also just received their stock at midday.

    now I have decide whether to play mass effect/eternal sonata/viva pinata party animals

  • Thank you Logan! As soon as I read this, I rushed down to EB Marion (Adelaide) and picked up a copy. This is why I read Kotaku everyday.

  • Okay, so I caved and got it from EB, Rundle Mall. I was happy to find out that they were price matching the JB Hifi deal ($80) even though JB have none in stock (which they are spitting chips about. They don’t have it out because a)their shipment hasn’t come in and b) they’d get the pants sued off them for breaking the street date. Actually no one seems to know why EB’s selling it, even the guys in the store started ‘umming’ and ‘ahhing’ when someone asked them).

  • No but there is a street date given for the stock. What that means, is that they’ve broken street date, and can have their sales of future Bioware products or even supplies from Bioware, affected in future.

  • there was sales embargo on the stock, eb just used an old piece of promo material to try and justify breaking the street date and in turn making a lot of retailers very, very angry…

  • I got my 2 copies with Bonus discs from EB in Brisbane today. Its not the best game. Think i might Ebay one of them and see how much it goes for. Both are still sealed ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I got my copy and the bonus disc for the pre-order

    Damn this game is fine – taking a while to get use to the controls and combat.

    The plot so far feels tight, and strolling around the normandy is a hoot

  • Got mine for the three game trade in at EB North Sydney… very very enjoyable.

    Don’t be shocked by EB’s tactics, and don’t expect them to be punished either.

    One time when I was a manager at Harvey Norman I recieved a phone call from an independent store, who had been told we had broken the street date. I laughed and said no, then said not a problem.

    Two seconds later I recieve a phone call from a customer saying that the independent store had broken the street date.

    Interested, I took the number from CID and called it back… it was an EB store.

    They have done this behaviour for years and even when complained about none of the publishers do a thing, they haven’t for years.

    Now just as a consumer, I smile, take the game I want and get out of the store. ๐Ÿ™‚

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