Battlefield 3 Midnight Launches? There Are A Lot Of Them...

It seems as though we're moving into Midnight Launch season, and first up is Battlefield 3. Both GAME and EB have announced which stores are staying up late for the release of Battlefield 3. Steel yourself folks - there are a lot of them.


EB is set to feature some 'official' Battlefield 3 launches, which means they intend to do more than simply open the store and sell the game. According to EB's Facebook page, this means "pizza, nerf gun comps, awesome prizes and freebies, and wayyy more..."

These will be held in the following select stores.

NSW Macarthur

VIC Werribee

QLD Indooroopilly

WA Galleria (8am morning launch with donuts instead of pizza)

The following stores will be opening at midnight to sell the game. Brace yourselves, this is a beastly list.

ACT Belconnen Canberra Centre Gungahlin Tuggeranong Woden Plaza

NSW Albury Armidale Ashfield Balgowlah Ballina Central Bankstown Bateau Bay Bathurst Blacktown Bondi Broken Hill Burwood Castle Towers Cessnock Charlestown Sq Chatswood Chatswood Chase Chullora Coffs Harbour Dubbo Eastgardens Erina Fair Galeries George Street Glendale Gosford-VS Grafton Greenhills Hornsby Hurstville Jesmond Katoomba Kotara Lake Haven Lake Macquarie-VS Lavington Lismore Lismore#2 Lithgow Liverpool MacArthur Square MacQuarie Centre Maitland Marrickville Miranda Mittagong Mt Druitt Mudgee Muswellbrook Nowra Orange Parkes Parramatta #2 Penrith Plaza Port Macquarie Raymond Terrace Richmond Markets Riverside Rouse Hill Salamander Bay Settlement City Shellharbour Stanhope Tamworth Taree Top Ryde Tuggerah Tweed City Wagga Warriewood Warringah Mall Wetherill Park Wollongong Woy Woy

NT Alice Springs Casuarina Millner Homemaker Palmerston

QLD Arana Hills-VS Aspley-VS Australia Fair Ayr Beenleigh Booval Brisbane City Brookside Browns Plains Browns Plains Village Square Bundaberg Bundaberg Hinkler Burleigh Heads Cairns Cairns Central Caloundra Canelands Cannon Hill-VS Capalaba Capalaba Central Carindale Castletown Chermside Chermside#2 Cleveland-VS Clifford Gardens Deception Bay Emerald Forest Lake Garden City GC Harbourtown Gladstone Gympie Helensvale Hervey Bay Inala Indooroopilly Ipswich Kawana Logan Logan Central-VS Lutwyche-VS Morayfield Mt Gravatt Mt Isa Mt Ommaney Mt Pleasant Nambour Nerang - VS Noosaville Northlakes Pacific Fair Peninsula Fair Queens Plaza Redbank Plaza Robina Rockhampton Fair Rose City Runaway Bay Smithfield Cairns Southport-VS Springfield Springwood-VS Stafford City Strathpine Sunnybank Sunnybank Hills-VS Sunshine Plaza Surfers Paradise Taigum The Pines Toombul Toowong Toowoomba Townsville Underwood-VS Victoria Point Willows Townsville-VS Wynnum Plaza-VS Yeppoon

SA Arndale Castle Plaza City Cross-VS Colonnades Elizabeth Firle-VS Gawler Glenelg Golden Grove Hallet Cove Hollywood Plaza Ingle Farm-VS Marion Mt Barker Mt Gambier Murray Bridge Parabanks Port Lincoln Port Pirie Rundle Mall Seaford Sefton Southgate-VS Tea Tree Plaza Victor Harbour West Lakes Whyalla

TAS Burnie Devonport Eastlands Hobart Kingston Launceston Meadow Mews North Gate Shoreline-VS

VIC Airport West Altona-VS Bairnsdale Barkley Square-VS Bay City Bendigo Marketplace Blackburn Square Box Hill Brandon Park Brimbank Broadmeadows Camberwell Caroline Springs Chadstone Chapel St Chirnside Park Colac Corio Cranbourne Dandenong Doncaster Doncaster 2 East Doncaster Echuca Endeavour Hills-VS Epping Forest Hill Fountain Gate Frankston Town Geelong Greensborough Hamilton Hastings-VS Highpoint Horsham Kangaroo Flat Karingal Keysborough Knox City Melbourne Central Melton Midvalley Mildura Moonee Ponds Northlands Plenty Valley Point Cook Richmond Ringwood Ringwood Square -VS Rosebud Sale Shepparton Somerville-VS Southlands Sunbury Square Sunshine Marketplace Swan Hill Swanston Street The Glen Traralgon Wangaratta Warragul Warrnambool Watergardens Waurn Ponds Waverley Gardens Wendouree Ballarat Werribee Plaza Wodonga

WA (Morning launches) Karratha Port Hedland


We're unaware if any GAME stores are holding pizza extravaganzas along the lines of EB, but they still have a ponderous amount of shops opening for the midnight launch...

NSW Albury Armidale Ballina Bankstown Bathurst Blacktown Broadway Campbelltown Casula Nepean Charlestown Eastgardens Grafton Griffith Hornsby Hurstville Kotara Lake Haven Lismore Liverpool Macarthur Manning Mall Miranda Mt Druitt Narellan Orange Parramatta Plumpton Port Central Rouse Hill St Mary's Tamworth Tweed City Warringah Warrawong Windsor Wollongong

ACT Belconnen Canberra Centre Tuggeranong Gungahlin Riverside

QLD Cairns Central Loganholme Sunshine Plaza Cairns Stockland Strathpine Townsville Morayfield Robina Willows Helensvale Calamvale Capalaba Toowoomba Kawana Kingaroy Cairns Smithfield

SA Colonnades Elizabeth Marion Munno Parra Tea Tree Arndale Renmark

NT Casuarina

VIC Knox City Watergardens Frankston Shepparton Southland Woodgrove Bendigo Camberwell Greensborough Broadmeadows Ringwood Werribee Epping Wendouree

As far as we're aware, JB Hifi will also be opening some stores for midnight launches, but it will be a select few and it's on a store by store basis. Your best bet is to call your local store and ask.


    My local EB isn't on the list


    Might pop around to parra if anyone else is going.

      Serious? All I got from this article was, "Wow. There are a shit load of EB Games stores around Australia." Somehow I don't see EB going bankrupt anytime soon...

      Oh and JB HI-FI breaking the street date FTW!!!!

        WHAT? When?

          I don't think they have yet but you just know they will!

            Is this a common thing by JB aus wide.. i have had 4 games a day early now from my local JB in WA i thought bit was just my store stuffing up.. i just bragged to mates and did make much deal about it because then they might get into trouble and stop doing it haha.
            Im hoping for a text tommz to come pick up my BF3 ... Fingers crossed

    Holy shit! You can see right into that EB! Where are all the stupid sale banners that always try to poke me eyes out?

      Seriously. I'm not amazingly tall or anything but I have to duck to get into my local EB most of the time I go because of all the banners. :P

      Anyway, looks like they're going all out for midnight launches. Unlucky if the Street Date breaks...

      You can tell it's a recent photo, Gran Turismo 4 is being advertised, haha.

        yeah, and just look at those retro CRT TV's

    The origin store has already allowed a preload, 100% playable. However it's time locked to the 27th at 9am? I'm assuming retail copies would do the same thing?

    Hey look, the GAME shop in Wendouree is doing a midnight launch. Whil the EB store there regularly does it I've never seen the GAME store do it too.

    Are the stores opening tonight or on the 27th?

    The digital version unlocks at 10am on the 27th!!!

    Preloaded and will be using a VPN to play tomorrow. Enjoy midnight launches guys!

    And we're still swearing at WA not allowing midnight launches...

      Well... in all fairness, that's like 3am in the real world.

        They're 3 hours ahead, not behind, so it'll be 9 here.

    Why Macarthur??? 0_o

    What if it breaks street date?

    That's gonna be a lot of wasted money on staff wages.

    Our local GAME store isnt doing pizza or anything but if you turn up on the night and buy your copy at the launch you have a chance to get all of your money back :)

      Morayfield Store in QLD BTW

    will this game have Australian Severs for console's?

      I already answered you!

        oops :p

        Thanks for replyin...

        But it's such sweet news we can't help but want to hear it again.

          Hey McGarnical, guess what? Australia is getting servers for Battlefield 3!

      btw Dandenong EB FTW!

        Another good place to get killed while waiting for a game featuring killing

          thats only if you can't look after yourself...

    I will be getting it Thursday as far as 'official' release dates go in Perth. No midnight launches happen in Perth, but I work full time so I wouldnt get it till late afternoon anyway. Still, this Friday here in Perth is a public holiday because of CHOGM so I will be hurting Battlefield 3 over a long weekend!!! GO GHOGM!!


      One time Perth does it sort of right!

    Sunshine marketplace ebgames is having one aswell. Im assisntant manager there! Come say hey !

    Holy shit, can't see a street date broken then, with all the stores opening up for midnight launches. Actually amazingly to see so many, not many games get them, so with so many stores opening, that's a pretty good indication of the pre-orders the game got.

    Be interesting to see if the same is planned for MW3 in Novmeber.

    I'm quite surprised, I didn't realise the game was this hyped it. It would be interesting to hear how busy these stores actually get though.

    WOO! Townsville Game is on the list, anyone know if it's at Castle Hill?

      Why would it be castle hill? The domain store and the willows store are both having a midnight launch.

    How are they going to deal with the rush in the morning when everyone wants to return that pos game

      They'll shoot anyone who wants to switch it for Modern Warfare 3. Problem solved :P

    WA represent! I'm not getting this game, but it's a shame to see only one store getting a 'release party', and it's an 8am one, not even midnight. Spread the love!

    Damn stupid laws in WA. The stores aren't even allowed to open at midnight here. 8am is the earliest they can open.

      Sounds a lot like vic b.c canada

    the only reason i'm not buying BF3, at least right away, is origin, i cbf using another stupid login system that just wastes time that could be spent playing the game, also i cant stand EA and they don't need my credit card details, so i am just going to probably have to download it.. maybe buy it on ps3... i remember trying to play burnout paradise city lol, takes 5 minutes of watching bullshit to get into the game, all while being forced to listen to axl rose whine like a bitch.

    $10 says street date will be broken anyway.



    Is that due to the likeliness of ACTUALLY getting shot while waiting??

    WA may not have midnight launches but we make up for it with uber babes and awesome beach weather.

      Yeah but you also seem to have uber sharks that eat tourists.

        take the good with the bad

    I thought it was coming out on the 25th?

    Got all excited thinking "yeah, i could stay up until 12am tonight".

    Oh well, wednesday night it is.

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