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#52 Sep 19 2010 at 7:58 PM Rating: Good
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:| Amazon is a bit backlogged. I wont get my copy til the 24th even with overnight shipping Q_Q
#53 Sep 19 2010 at 8:07 PM Rating: Good
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Boo! I should call again and insist I should be allowed to based on the fact that the game is launching on the 21st!


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#54 Sep 19 2010 at 8:18 PM Rating: Good
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As an employee of Gamestop also, I was all set to jump in for the defense... Guess I don't need to now. There is really no accountability for misinformation on release dates, especially considering ffxiv has two... and thats almost never heard of.

In all honesty, though, most employees only know about major titles and titles they care about, and not many people care about ffxiv.

That being said, SE announced the live schedule pretty late in the week, even if the street date were going to change chances are Gamestop wouldn't even be notified until Monday. And then they have to decide if they care enough to change the date in their system and then inform all their stores. Given that ffxiv probably has 10% of the reserves halo reach had, I wouldn't hold my breath.

I would say check tuesday afternoon. If the street date was lifted you can pick it up. If not, and you can't wait for the next day... enjoy trying to get it at wally world, where I can guarantee no one will care about ffxiv.
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#55 Sep 19 2010 at 8:18 PM Rating: Good
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After being told, several times, by my local GameStop, that they were going to have a midnight launch, I find out today that they are not. Not only that, but after calling around for half an hour, no GameStop I can find in 20ish miles of me (Baltimore, MD) is having a midnight release.

Guess I'm buying it at Walmart.

If you have it reserved at GameStop, you should consider calling your store and verifying that they're having a midnight release.


My Walmart has a little sign with upcoming titles: September 28th, FFXIV, Platform: PS3 lol

Edit: It also has the pic that corresponds to what we've been shown for the PS3 case. I didn't bother confirming any info with anyone at Walmart. ;)

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#56 Sep 19 2010 at 8:23 PM Rating: Decent
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Just so im understanding correctly, the stores are being shipped CE only as they are being pre-ordered? Basically im just wanting to throw that out there so people can make double sure walmart or anywhere else are sure to have them before folks get really disappointed
#57 Sep 19 2010 at 8:29 PM Rating: Good
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its likely that gamestop only pre-orders collections editions based on demand. they have a much tighter budget than walmart, who can afford to buy X copies per store and hope they sell.
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#58 Sep 19 2010 at 8:33 PM Rating: Good
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Has anyone confirmed that stores such as walmart, target ...etc will even be stocking the CE?
Back when I worked in the electronics department at target, we never stocked any limited or collector's editions of any game.(of course that was about ten years ago)
You can order it from their websites, but they very well may not have them in stores.

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#59 Sep 19 2010 at 8:35 PM Rating: Decent
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Well according to the website, WalMart specifically says Not Sold in Stores. If you plan on going that route, I would try to call my local store to confirm...


http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?search_constraint=0&ic=48_0&search_query=final+fantasy+xiv&Find.x=0&Find.y=0&Find=Find

but they are listed as in stock online

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#60 Sep 19 2010 at 8:37 PM Rating: Excellent
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Yeah, I'm holding off on canceling my preorder till I have the game in hand.
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#61 Sep 19 2010 at 8:46 PM Rating: Good
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Just as a note to anyone on Oahu, the Kahala Mall Gamestop is having a midnight release on TUESDAY night.

That being said, I feel like it was very neglectful of Square Enix to keep the release date of the 22nd for North America. I'm sure they know full well that if they release a game on the 22nd, that translates into the 21st in the USA, yet they did not inform retailers that their servers would be going online at 6:00 PM of the 21st.

While there will no doubt be so much congestion that people won't get to play, it does bother me that this is not really a simultaneous release. I mean, yeah, the servers are open to the whole world, but we can't get the game. The Gamestop I went to says that they will not be giving the game out before the 22nd because that is the noted release date. I told him that it was in Japan time, but he said that his computer said the 22nd, therefore there would not be any handing out of the game until 12:01 AM on the 22nd. I've seen on Twitter that Amazon will not be shipping the game until the 22nd.


Having managed at Borders, where there were strict street dates for DVDs, music and books, I think that guy is being pretty wise. Breaking a street date is a great way to get fired, at the very least (not to mention that their system probably wouldn't even allow them to actually register the sales for that SKU before the release date any way). Sure, since it's an MMO, you can't play it til the servers are live, but that doesn't change their obligation to the distributor.

Any way, I sympathize with Mikhalia for being told that there would be a midnight release, but there's no way they ought to actually do a midnight release unless they've got 50+ pre orders, because a lot of those people aren't even going to show up at midnight. Good luck with Wal Mart though. Near me, the trend is more like Wal Mart not having a PC game on the shelf until several days after release at the earliest.

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#62 Sep 19 2010 at 8:51 PM Rating: Excellent
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I also work at a gamestop:

Although we are all one corporate company I find the quality of service and information from Gamestop to Gamestop is on a franchised level; that is it varies WIDELY. Some Gamestops are just HORRIBLE and some are great. Why Corporate doesn't enforce and provide better job training I don't know.

That said, a few things are always the same: We only get as many C.E.'s as ordered, and we have to run store on minimum payroll. The company is choking itself with how cheap it's being, they literally said in a company address that they cut our payroll hours back because turnover was down and people were making more. If your gamestop is a "good" one, with genuinely gamer employees who are good to you, go there. If it's one of the crappy ones, then by all means go hit up Walmart!

There is hope they'll have the C.E. though, The Walmart near my work said they weren't carrying the legendary Halo, but the one near my house DOES have it... So it may vary by location.

Edited, Sep 19th 2010 10:53pm by Tweezle120
#63 Sep 19 2010 at 8:54 PM Rating: Excellent
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I would be careful with walmart. I recently ran into an issue where I went to pick up a new game at midnight and the register wouldn't take it. Correct day and was technically released at midnight but walmart said "If we do not have a special event going for the midnight release then it won't be in the system to ring up on the registers until 8am in the morning"

My guess is that since CE is 8 days early from the standard launch they probably won't even have an event for CE. Even if you call I'd still be prepared not to get it because they will lie to you over the phone.
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#64 Sep 19 2010 at 9:33 PM Rating: Excellent
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My plan is to go to Walmart at 11:50, find someone in electronics that isn't doing anything and convince them to find the game's box (my first job, like 8 years ago, was a walmart so I know which boxes contain DVDs and which one contain games and such) and set it behind the counter, then just sorta stare at **** till 12:01, then have them ring me up. If the register doesn't work, maybe gripe to a manager if one is around, maybe not. If I can't buy it because they don't have it then I'll just say **** midnight and go pick my copies up at gamestop after I get off of work.
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#65 Sep 19 2010 at 9:35 PM Rating: Excellent
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For what it's worth, we just got a call from our GameStop saying that their midnight release is going to be TOMORROW night (MONDAY), and that if we didn't want to come, we'd be able to come in first thing on Tuesday for our copies. We asked the guy twice if he was saying what we were hearing, and he confirmed that they'd be doing it tomorrow night. *shrugs*


So, to add to the shenanigans, we got another call from Gamestop tonight.

"Hi, this is Chris... the other Chris that didn't talk to you earlier this evening. So yeah, the other Chris was confused, and midnight release is really on Tuesday night. Sorry about that."

LOL

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#66 Sep 19 2010 at 10:43 PM Rating: Excellent
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Just as a note to anyone on Oahu, the Kahala Mall Gamestop is having a midnight release on TUESDAY night.

That being said, I feel like it was very neglectful of Square Enix to keep the release date of the 22nd for North America. I'm sure they know full well that if they release a game on the 22nd, that translates into the 21st in the USA, yet they did not inform retailers that their servers would be going online at 6:00 PM of the 21st.

While there will no doubt be so much congestion that people won't get to play, it does bother me that this is not really a simultaneous release. I mean, yeah, the servers are open to the whole world, but we can't get the game. The Gamestop I went to says that they will not be giving the game out before the 22nd because that is the noted release date. I told him that it was in Japan time, but he said that his computer said the 22nd, therefore there would not be any handing out of the game until 12:01 AM on the 22nd. I've seen on Twitter that Amazon will not be shipping the game until the 22nd.


Off topic: I spent way too much time at that mall as a kid, seeing it mentioned brought back memories.

On topic: No midnight release for my Gamestop either Smiley: bah
#67 Sep 19 2010 at 10:49 PM Rating: Default
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Well i work at walmart we not getting colectors edition and we actualy have the sp3 varsion coming out 30th i was lagufing wen i saw that
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Around here its only for the big marketed games. Like lines around the block at nearly all NJ Gamestope locations for Modern Warfare 2. I knew of a small queiter one thats an extra 20 minute drive. Saved myself like 2 hours. ^^

But this is just silly. FF14 more then likely WONT have more then 20 copies per location, if that. I mean you arent bringing anymore money in at midnight as the copies are already ordered. So its just not smart biz to do these things.

Sadly you will be back on the 22nd complaining about your Walmart ordeal. Gamestop only loses my business when someone is willing to be cheaper and more convenient. While Walmart seemingly does both of these things, their track record for gaming is miserable. I remember preordering RockBack 2 from them and went in to pick up my big box of RockBand 1. Durrrr. And they screwed me on Fable 2 and I got it 4 days late.

So ima call and ask if they doing midnight release at the Gamestop I reserved at, if not ima get a good night's sleep so work on WED goes by as quick as ever. Id recommend you doing the same and stop dwelling on the 'betrayal' the gamestop employees are putting you through. ;)
#69 Sep 19 2010 at 11:59 PM Rating: Excellent
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Just to clarify, my criticism is to Square Enix for not making the release date for NA a day earlier so that we could, you know, get and install the game in time to start playing when it goes online. IIRC, it goes online at like 10 AM JST on the 22nd, which means if they get their copies at midnight, they have 10 hours to install and get set for launch, while we have to wait to even get the game hours after they could potentially be playing in Japan.

That being said, I think with congestion it won't matter because people won't be able to play immediately, but it still shows that someone either didn't think of it or they just didn't care.

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Not sure how it works in most states, but in NY you have to schedule people for a 4 hour shift unless they specifically say they can only work X amount of hours on X day. So typically to plan a Midnight launch you would have to have the hours to schedule people to work 9pm-1am or 10pm-2am. Please take that into consideration before you get angry.

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That being said, I think with congestion it won't matter because people won't be able to play immediately, but it still shows that someone either didn't think of it or they just didn't care.


They don't care. Not a flame or an argument, just my opinion. Take into consideration the SE past and information, the recent surplus issue and translation delay and now the current beta site post. I hope the last beta site post is true, but in all honesty I will not hold my breath.

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Weak, my local GameStop is not having a midnight either. But it doesn't matter anyways because according to the guy on the phone, the servers do not go live until 12:01pm PST anyways and I am wrong thinking that they go live on the 21st. Oh well, at least another good night sleep before launch and the late nights to come.
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Just to clarify, my criticism is to Square Enix for not making the release date for NA a day earlier so that we could, you know, get and install the game in time to start playing when it goes online. IIRC, it goes online at like 10 AM JST on the 22nd, which means if they get their copies at midnight, they have 10 hours to install and get set for launch, while we have to wait to even get the game hours after they could potentially be playing in Japan.

That being said, I think with congestion it won't matter because people won't be able to play immediately, but it still shows that someone either didn't think of it or they just didn't care.


I don't think it was as important for them to allow people to play the second servers go live. Its alot easier for them to just go by standard street release date/time system rather than adjust it so that every region can start at exactly the same time. Its all within 12 hours of each other, no big deal.
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Unfortunately it's also entirely possible that SE did it that way on purpose. It is a lot easier on the server hardware to have a big batch of people hit every hour or so vs one insanely large group at once. Keeping everyone from trying to log on at the exact same time round the world decreases the chance the servers will crash by a lot. That being said I wish I could get it at midnight also but that's most likely because I'm jonesing :P

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I have a Gamestop doesn't suck story. Smiley: grin

I went in the other day to see if it was still possible to preorder the game (because I've been unjustifiably lazy about doing so). The employee that I initially talked to said that they were all sold out. The manager happened to be there as well, and let the employee force the order through anyway, with the caveat that there was a chance I'd still be out of luck. They just called me 15 minutes ago (I didn't even have to call!) to let me know that the copy came in, and I'm good to pick it up on Tuesday. Smiley: smile

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Eske, Star Breaker wrote:
I have a Gamestop doesn't suck story. Smiley: grin

I went in the other day to see if it was still possible to preorder the game (because I've been unjustifiably lazy about doing so). The employee that I initially talked to said that they were all sold out. The manager happened to be there as well, and let the employee force the order through anyway, with the caveat that there was a chance I'd still be out of luck. They just called me 15 minutes ago (I didn't even have to call!) to let me know that the copy came in, and I'm good to pick it up on Tuesday. Smiley: smile

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Well you suck then! No one wants to hear of your good fortunes in this thread!

J/K of course...that's awesome. I "may" have a good GS story, but it's still in the works...going back up there later this afternoon hoping to hear some good news...

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Mikhalia, i didn't realize you live in Bodymore Murderland as well. This place is generally bad when it comes to any form of service so it's not surprising to me that no one here is doing a midnight release. I ordered mine online so I'm just gonna go to work and play all night when I get home :)
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Unfortunately it's also entirely possible that SE did it that way on purpose. It is a lot easier on the server hardware to have a big batch of people hit every hour or so vs one insanely large group at once. Keeping everyone from trying to log on at the exact same time round the world decreases the chance the servers will crash by a lot.


I think this is partially true. That first 12 hour period is going to be rough. An imperfect, staggered release is better than a well coordinated release effort with, what, 100,000 people signing in simultaneuosly?

It's hard to be patient, but we are all expecting conjestion so it should come as no surprise.

Not to mention the Emergency Maintenace on Day 2. And another one mid-day on Saturday (during JP night time). There's just no doubt these things will happen.

Hopefully they will open the account payment options soon so that we can at least be done with the (tiny) registration server before Tuesday. Anyone set this up with Crysta already? The way the notice is worded it sound like the regular billing options will be available before launch.
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Call my local gamestop and they said that they can only sell it wednesday, what a load of ****.
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Call my local gamestop and they said that they can only sell it wednesday, what a load of sh*t.


Wednesday is the legally binding sales date. Anyone selling sooner is breaking a contract.
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#80 Sep 20 2010 at 1:00 PM Rating: Good
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Just wanted to stand up for GameStop real fast. I just got back from my local GameStop here in Columbus Oh, and i was extremly excited when they told me they are doing a midnight release tomorrow night for the collectors so we can get on as soon as possible. I went in just to pay my preorder off not even thinking they would do a midnight release because of everything i read on here. However, with that being said, i am not really a fan of gamestop in general, but i am happy they are allowing me to get my copy early! :-)
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Why do you all care?? I love the game and cant wait for it to be released, but I am not desperate. If you cant wait 10 hours for a game, then you clearly dont have a life. And I dont get why you complain about the different timezones... I live we in europe and we always got the maintenances in FFXI in our prime time; ALWAYS! Deal with it and have a good night sleep, get the game, install and play. Please dont wine about it......
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Why do you all care?? I love the game and cant wait for it to be released, but I am not desperate. If you cant wait 10 hours for a game, then you clearly dont have a life. And I dont get why you complain about the different timezones... I live we in europe and we always got the maintenances in FFXI in our prime time; ALWAYS! Deal with it and have a good night sleep, get the game, install and play. Please dont wine about it......


Well the main point of the OP was that he was told there would be a midnight release when he made the preorder & that was the major selling point for choosing that store. Then he gets told a few days before release that they were wrong. It's a legitimate complaint, not the end of the world of course, but still valid. As for me, I'm not gonna **** & moan if I have to wait, but I'll definitely try to get it ASAP because I'm looking forward to it.

Though I don't have to worry about that now because I got some good news today. Luckily, one of the GS employees here is a XI player and has XIV preordered also. He volunteered to do a midnight release(as long as he got his copy of course) so now it's all good to go...



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I just called Gamestop to ask them when will they have the game in and he said he already has it but he can't sell it until it officially is time. So I ask him when that is and he says the 1st lol he's like we can sell it a week before the actual game comes out.... I hope I will be able to pick up my copy on the 22nd.
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The 1st?! He's probably just confusing it with the Standard Edition.
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I have a quick question. I just called my local GameStop that I pre-ordered from about a month or so ago, asking if they will have the CE in on the 22nd to pick up. The employee that answered said that they are being shipped on the 22nd and won't be available for pick up untill the 30th...I was just wondering if they employee doesn't know what he he is talking about or if some GameStops won't be getting the CE untill the 30th. Just seems odd to me. Well thanks in advance. :)
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Gamestop says shipped-- UPS says ">>> UPS could not locate the shipment details for your request. Please verify your information and try again later." Anger.... Rising.... Smiley: mad
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They shipped it, meaning it's boxed, shipping label on it, the box is waiting for the UPS guy to pick it up.. relax :P
#89 Sep 21 2010 at 9:04 AM Rating: Good
I just called my Game Stop because I saw on their Website that the CE is supposedly available at some stores in a nearby large city. They said that although the site may list it as "in stock" because they received it yesterday, they can't sell it until the 22nd "because Square Enix would sue us." I tried to convince her that since for people in other parts of the world it's already the 22nd and the servers go live at 10pm tonight our time, that it really would be OK to let us have it today. :P I don't blame her for not agreeing with me, but I do wish SE had allowed for this and said specifically something like "no earlier than midnight JP time on the 22nd."

My Game Stop, of course, is not having a midnight opening for it. They never said they were though. Oh well, I guess I'll avoid the server lag tonight and hope it's somewhat ironed out by tomorrow.
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