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.
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
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.