Batman: Arkham City Has Broken Street Date [Update]

We've just gotten word that JB Hi-fi is now selling Batman: Arkham City ahead of its release date this Wednesday. We're not sure exactly who was first to break street date at this moment, but we've had confirmation from JB Hi-fi in Pitt Street Mall that they are now selling the game. We expect all other specialist retailers to follow.

We also spoke to EB, who at this point are not selling the game early, but it's possible that they haven't heard about the break yet.

We'll update this story with more news as we get it.

Thanks for the tip Batguy!

UPDATE: EB has updated via its Facebook page. It's now selling the game. GAME has followed suit, updating via its twitter account.


    Ah damn! The JB I preordered at has broken too, but they don't have any PC copies in yet! Arrrrrgh!

      You'll be waiting a while. PC version isn't until until November some time.

    i didnt know that EB has a policy that they sell your CE if you dont pick it up at least 48 hrs after release date?? so does this possibly mean that if you dont pick it up before wednesday they will just sell off your CE?
    note this was told to me by a GAME staff member just 15 minutes ago

      Depends on the store - i have had them hold my Dragon Age Origins Collectors Edition for 1 and a half weeks without even notifying them to hold it for that long while i have heard some EB's sell it off the second it reaches past 48 or in some cases 24 hours unless you ask them to hold it.

      Personally i would call them up and ask them to hold onto it if you had a preorder there.

      Basically they reserve the right to sell it if there's demand for it and you haven't picked it up. It doesn't happen often, but it can - it's a real dirtbag thing to do, but I guess if they think some guy isn't gonna come pick up some $150+ collector's edition that they could sell, upsetting him over his $20 deposit isn't chief among their concerns.

    So the Catwoman stuff isn't live? I just might put off playing until Wednesday.

      Downloading it now from XboxLive, it's not in the marketplace, just from redeeming the code.

      its locked on playstation store - will just need to wait till we can download it.

      Works on the 360 version, I've downloaded it and played a little bit of the first Catwoman mission (it comes up after a little bit of Batman play, not sure how long because I discovered the magic of sidequests).

    I'm at work till 4:30. Won't be near my preorder store till after they close. EB Knox's phone has been busy since news broke

    *cue that "loud abrupt action" you see in movies that makes everybody stop and look at you"

    This is important - what is the go with the Catwoman stuff?

    I had planned to play the game after inputting that code first. Everywhere I read about the game, I am being _told_ to do this.

    Might we be seeing the whole point to Square/Eidos' doing this particular sort of Online Pass/DLC content, being played out as we speak?

    just got the game from JB. but the DLC include the catwoman is not available yet.

    Sucks that catwoman DLC is tied-in with the story mode. I guess I'll wait until the DLC is available before start playing it...

    The reason it is bad, is Marketting may have big plans for it to increases sales and what not. Launch Parties, special count down events, etc, etc.
    Breaking street date may be great for the average joe consumer, but it hurts sales and this eventually trickles down to that consumer. Often people miss the point of having firm street dates... mores the pity...

    Just picked mine up from Essendon DFO JB hi-fi (Melb). Can play the game, but none of the redeem codes work...perhaps they have't been activated?

    Went down to my jb where I pre-ordered the PS3 c.e. after ringing and making sure they are selling it. I was told that the c.e. is darlayed until Friday and what Warner bros has told them to do is give a free copy of the standard edition and then come back and pick up the other copy on Friday. So that's what has happened with me. I have been given a free (to keep copy) of the std edition and will get my C.E. on Friday. I'm not going to start te game until weds when the catwomen dlc is available but I consider that a win-win. I get two copies and the game early.

      The free copy is a promo copy – not a standard edition – on the back in small printing next to the barcode is “not for separate sale” so dont be disappointed if come friday you go in to trade this copy and get rejected

        No, there isn't any indication of that on the box. Just a regular barcode with regular things on it. It is a regular stardard edition. I wish it was a Promo copy, as that would be rarer and I don't plan on trading it in, anyway. Call me crazy but the C.E. just has paper sleve type package for the disk so I would rather a hard plastic case for the protection of the game.

          Must be just mine then...

            I was the first person to come in the store and try and pick up the pre-order so he seemed like he was kind of aware what was going on but seemed like he hadn't quite worked it out yet. Maybe he was meant to give me the Promo one but he got it wrong.

    Question: is this non PC versions only? I preordered a PC version on Friday and was told it would be out Wednesday, but from reading these comments it looks like only XBox/PS3 versions are out at the moment?

      I would go and punch the guy in the face who told you that if it got your hopes up - PC version has been delayed till about the ~15th November.

      The free copy is a promo copy - not a standard edition - on the back in small printing next to the barcode is "not for separate sale" so dont be disappointed if come friday you go in to trade this copy and get rejected

        oops wrong reply

    JB Hi-Fi has been selling them today.
    The special edition looks so pretty ;3

    I thought the DLC was to encourage people to buy new, not used. If it's a separate SKU then that's BS.

      The Catwoman DLC is to encourage people buying new, the Robin challenge maps and alternate costumes were preorder bonuses.

      As far as I can tell, the Catwoman content is in every copy and shouldn't be an issue. Only the Robin challenge maps and Batman costumes (which are new game plus only) will cost extra if you buy from JB.

    Nuts! I've pre-ordered months ago the CE via the JB website, so all the info I'm seeing is don't expect it till next week?!?

    woohoo! after reading this I drove over to JB-HiFi and picked it up :D

    Hell yes! This game is all I've been talking about for the last month! I just don't know how I'm going to sleep tonight, and of my local JB doesn't have my CE in stock when I get there tomorrow morning D:

    Grabbed a PS3 copy on the way to the train tonight.

    It sucks how the Catwoman code doesn't work (yet the game required an update when I put the disc in!) but I'll play through a Catless game on Easy, then replay on hard with the code unlocked.

      Interesting, our Catwoman code worked (Xbox 360) but the Robin code didn't. I assume it'll work in the next day or so.

        That's the same with me. I hope they don't make us wait until Nov 22 when apparently the Robin DLC is available for purchase.

    Been playing it the last two hours and to all you ordering it online and waiting the two weeks or whatever, I mean yeah just saying its such a disappointment hey and don't worry yourselves it really sucks. It's so crap, don't worry and...




    This. Game. Is. AWESOME.

    I got my copy today (PS3 Version) and none of the DLC is working yet. I think the point of the official release date was so the DLC would be available too. It's a bit annoying, because now I have to wait until Wednesday for the Catwoman missions that are supposed to be integrated in the main story... I think.

      I called Playstation Support and they are VERY aware of the issue - as soon as I said Arkham City he knew what my question would be, haha.

      The DLC will (hopefully) be available on PSN tomorrow in line with the actual launch. If it isn't made available then, it'll probably be alongside the next PSN Store update on Thursday (night?). Not a great answer, but it's an answer.

    Yea. I'll skip the Catwoman stuff. It wasn't in the game to start with and I can't imagine why I'd put my PS3 on the internet just for that.

    I'll enjoy the game the way they sold it. Which, so far, is quite a lot. I'd bang Joker so hard! Oh yea, I went there.

    I pre ordered the collectors edition from JB Months ago and got a text yesterday saying it was ready to be picked up. I have already played it for about 3 hours :)

    Picked up Batman today from jbhifi adelaide, catwoman dlc bonus code doesnt work. Hopefully tomorrow it will work if that is the official release date. Anyone any idea if that would be right?

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