Overseas in Europe, GAME and its sister store Gamestation will no longer be stocking EA games post SSX, and that includes Mass Effect 3. But a statement from GAME Australia has claimed that it still intends to stock Mass Effect 3 in local stores, and is currently in talks with EA Australia.
A release from GAME on its Facebook page stated the following:
In light of the news over in Europe between GAME and EA around Mass Effect 3, we would like to formally update you on our position locally. Each territory acts independently and we’re not compelled to act in the same light as our European counterparts. We’re in talks with EA here in Australia this morning and our intension [sic] is, as it has always been, to stock Mass Effect 3 for our customers.
A spokesperson from EA Australia informed us that an official statement would be given shortly.
It's looking extremely unlikely at this stage that Mass Effect 3 won't be stocked in GAME stores. EA has worked extensively with GAME on this title locally, investing heavily on in-store marketing. EA also ran an early access event with GAME in their Parramatta store, bringing early copies of the game along with members of the Bioware team to promote the release of the game.
Given that each territory is able to act independently, and GAME's relationship with EA Australia appears to be solid, Mass Effect 3 will most likely be available in GAME stores upon release.
UPDATE: A message left on GAME's Facebook page confirmed the retailer will be selling Mass Effect 3 on launch day.
Following on from this morning's statement, Mass Effect 3 will definitely be available through GAME Australia. We look forward to seeing you on launch day.