EB Has Broken The Street Date for Dead Island

EB Has Broken The Street Date for Dead Island
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A few Kotaku readers have tipped us off to EB Games selling Dead Island a day early. The game’s official release date is September 9, but a number of posts have gone up on EB’s Facebook page from people who have seen the game on sale today.

Have you seen Dead Island on sale at a retailer near you? Did you pick up a copy today? Let us know!

Thanks for the tip, Saxon and Logic!


  • Bit strange that this is the first tip off you got, Tracey – the GameAus twitter feed from this morning mentions that it has broken, as does an official post on the EB Games page from early today.

  • Quick note. Got the CE from EB and it came with a Turtle Beach X12 headset and a note saying “Your Turtle Beach Ear Force X11 has been upgraded to a new Ear Force X12”. Can’t remember was I was initially supposed to get but bonus all the same. Also the additional content menu has 3 items: Ripper (pre-order dlc), Bloodbath arena (same) and Ryder White’s Campaign. Third item more DLC, unlocked in game or a bonus from another outlet?

  • Called JB HiFi this morning at 10am, and of course, they said they were selling it. So I went down and traded some games in to grab it.

    I’ve had a stab at single player, with 3 public slots open, but I couldn’t seem to connect to anyone else. Then I found the lobby, and decided I’d wait for a few mates to grab it so we could hit it up together. Seems pretty good, but definitely one for co-op

    • Typically yes, but for some reason the distributor/publisher decided that the release date outside the US should be the 9th everywhere.

  • Yep, I heard it as well of a mate who manages an EB, and then went about wandering down to JB in World Square to pick it and Driver: SF up…

    They had a trade 3 games and get a new release free deal going on.

  • They always break the street date on stuff.

    It gets annoying at times when I am selling stuff and I tell the customer that they can’t have it because it’s not released yet.

    Then they get all huffy and tell me EB has it today.

      • The EB in my town sells it the second it arrives in their store. (you get it a couple days early to get all the stock ready and entered.)

        I just get the stock ready and entered and then sell it on the date that the HUGE RED LETTER saying “DON’T SELL UP SUCHANDSUCH DATE”

  • I pre-ordered mine from EB to be posted out, and they sent it on Tuesday.
    Not sure if it arrived today, but they obviously had the stock earlier in the week.

  • EB Games, Game and JB Hifi all have Dead Island, Space Marine and Resistance 3 in store. I am in Darwin but I assume this is everywhere.

  • Devastated by this game tbh. Was so gripped by the trailer, only for the game to have basically no story and the worst characters I’ve seen for a while.

      • What?
        LA Noire’s trailer depicts good story. It delivers.
        Dead Island’s trailer depicts good story. It has none.
        How are you missing the logic there?

        • I don’t think the Dead Island trailer really depicted a good story to base a whole game upon. It was a fantastic little glimpse into one horrific part of a zombie outbreak. Anyway, I wasn’t having a go at you, your comments mirrored how I felt about LA Noire, something I’m still disappointed about. I’d love a great detective game as much as a great zombie survival game.

  • pre-ordered from GreenmanGaming and steam unlocked it yesterday. Guess its the US version they were selling, and steam accepted that.

    • As did I – $35 at the time. We received it about a day later than americans, but was still pleased to see it a little earlier than retail. Still, you’d be absolutely mad to pay AU retail price for this game – scratch that – any game, especially from EB.

  • I can confirm that EB in Canberra are all selling Dead Island for PC, and I have seen first hand the stock in Tuggeranong.

  • The game is selling like wildfire near me. All 4 GameStops have been sold out since Tuesday as well as the 6 Walmarts and 2 mom and pop stores in the area. I think Deep Silver shit themselves when they realized that it sold out so fast.

  • When I went to game to pick up my copy of Resistance 3, the girl there said that Harvey Norman were the first to break street date, and the they were now selling it.

  • The steam version unlocked for me yeserday morning (without any vpn shennanigans), I assumed it was a side effect of the “No not THAT version, the finished one!!!” kerfuffle so I’ve already logged 10 hours in. I’ve definitely not got an american account, evidenced by the fact the guide that apparently comes with the game is “not available in my region”

    Pretty good fun overall, kind of like borderlands with zombies (other than the zombies that were in borderlands), its relatively light on story but not to the point where it feels too empty and there’s lots of scope for exploration which is something I really love

  • Went to order it from Ozgameshop on Tuesday only to find it as “currently unavailable”. After posting a WTF to them on twitter I was told to check their Facebook page in the FAQ section. Seems they sold all stock allocations out… So now I’m stuck waiting for new stock to arrive (on a side note, I ordered Deus Ex)

  • Looks like the release date *puts on sun glasses* has been left for dead

    (music starts)

  • Lets see the shit I cop from it, but I work at a prominent EB Games store. (yeah, what of it?)

    On Wednesday night my manager went to the local JB Hi-Fi to see when they were selling Space Marines and Resistance for so we could price-match for their release. He came back saying that they also said they were planning on selling Dead Island the next day; when he questioned them they said that it was fine because there was another store already selling it (Game, I think; but don’t hold me to that), so they were selling it on Thursday rather than Friday. So as far as I know, street date was already broken by C.O.B on wednesday; we received no notification from our Head Office, though. SoIdon’tknow.

  • Went to buy it at my centre, hoping someone would have it out early, and sure enough, EB at 10:00 was the only store that had stock out to sell.

    Went to another store 20 minutes later to buy it cheaper after they’d had a chance to confirm EB’s break and started selling.

  • I purchased my copy at futureshop on the 6th…360 achievements had a street date for the 6th, they were just putting them on the shelves when i got there first thing. This would explain why none of my american xbox live friends have it yet.

  • I like Kotaku’s huff and puff over GT selling OoT ‘early’ but when EB breaks a street date for the billionth time its all ‘did you pick up your copy!?!?’


  • This isn’t the first time EB has sold a game early. The past few games I’ve gotten from them, I’ve ended up getting early.

    I do remember a view yers ago that started selling a Tony Hawk game early at my store, but then had to stop selling it a few hours later

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