It's August 31, not October 2, but somehow, some way, gamers in Poland have gotten their hands on some retail copies of Resident Evil 6 — or are extremely awesome at PhotoShop.
A writer on the Polish gaming site NeoGeo reports that they were able to purchase copies of the October-scheduled game now.
Google translate sorta clarifies this from NeoGeo: "How did the game in stores? Seller did not want to reveal his secret." Cue speculation of 1) stolen goods, 2) early shipments that had embargo dates the seller was ignoring, 3) elaborate software piracy, or 4) possession of a time machine.
Who says Europe always gets the good games last, huh?
More images of a retail RE6 in action at the link below. For the record, all we've got at Kotaku is a preview disc that has two chapters apiece of the game's three main campaigns on a disc that doesn't run in a retail 360. Curious detail: those chapters, which feel polished, are all in a file that was dated back to June. Also, they're pretty good.
I've asked Capcom for comment.
Resident Evil 6 już gnije na półkach sklepowych (i to polskich) [NeoGeo, via NeoGAF (no relation!)]