Question to OP - How is it that Gamestop has the preorders in and they haven't ended the beta to fix anymore underlying issues? That's like having Gamestop say they got in the release before SE has shipped them.... or am I missing something...
What you get in the box is the basic structure of the game and any issues addressed are generally fixed with updates and patches. It wont take long for the DVD to load on our machines, but what will take a long time are the updates and patches. Also, most of the game is online anyway so that can be constantly updated.
Besides, how do you think they could possibly produce all the copies that every person has ordered, CE or regular, in just 3 days? There is just no way. They have probably had the DVD's and box sets of the game cut for over a month now, if not longer. Then once people get a hold of them and install them, that's when all the updating magic works. So it is very feasible that someone could have the game already when release is just 3 days away.
Generally, most games are not supposed to be released until the specific date indicated by the producers of the game, but there are always those places that sometimes manage to let a few copies leak out. Most likely they are people who work there who have the access to them, but the public consumers buying them will have to wait until they are shipped to them or until the store releases them. It doesn't bother me to think that someone working there would already have their game in hand, because NO ONE will be able to get into the game until the actual date of release. As far as I'm concerened, that's a few less people to fight for installation traffic! Lol! I would venture to say that as popular as this game is, most of the stores selling them already have at least the CE copies in order to prepare for the day they come out. My gamestop close to me has someone at the store that drives to another larger city to pick theirs up so they don't have to wait for them to be shipped and chance them not arriving on time, whenever it is such a popular game name as this.
Mine will be here on the 22nd (hopefully, since that is what my order claimed), but I won't really get to play it until the 23rd. I'm hoping to at least get it installed on the 22nd though.