I've stated it before, I'll say it again:
The codes will be working 1 of 3 ways (I will post a thread when our intranet site details the CE and pre-order bonus).
1. The codes are in the box. This is the only way that people will get one code or the other, and not both. This is packaged in first editions by S-E themselves and Game Stop has nothing to do with it.
2. Rave cards. These are promo cards sent to the stores with codes and instructions, that are to be handed out at the time of pre-order pickup. This is the worst of the 3 because MANY times they will send fewer codes than pre-orders.
3. Digitally Distributed Sku. This is a new system where the employee types a SKU into the POS. It will then print the code onto the receipt itself. There are two pluses to this; A. Gamestop typically doesn't run out of these codes, and B. They can be printed off independently from the actual purchase of the game, meaning if they forget, you can call them later and get the code over the phone. However be warned that they will want receipt information if you try to call and get the code over the phone, to prevent people from hoarding codes.
One last note brought up in another thread:
Game Stop requires 10$ deposits on CE's, and only 5$ on regular editions. If you put down 5$, OR Pre-ordered prior to 6-30, you only have a regular edition ordered, you need to go back to the store to switch it over.
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