Still pretty surprised, as unless they are using snail mail, I will assuredly have the game before the 27th. I thought that was kinda against the rules in terms of entertainment releases, to have it before the official launch date.
I don't think it matters in this case. Since it's an MMO, the game can't be played early anyway, so it doesn't really matter. That's my guess.
Now, time to spam my inbox for any sign of my shipment message (I got it from SE, as well). I can't wait! :)
Primary World: Hyperion
Free Company: Jormungandr
Main Character: Fialas Dawnren: Level 60 BRD/AST/MNK/DoL, Level 16-50 On Everything Else