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GTA 5 pre-orders could miss release date arrival as Rockstar imposes shipping restrictions

Luke Johnson



Publisher Rockstar has requested GTA 5 pre-orders are not shipped until September 16, causing concerns that games will not arrive in time for the long awaited GTA 5 release date the following day.

A move that will look to stop the game falling into customers’ hands early, the newly confirmed GTA 5 pre-order shipping limitations have caused some gamers to worry that their advanced orders will not hit their doorsteps until after the game is available in shops.

Allowing for no wiggle room in terms of shipping issues, the September 16 shipping restriction of GTA 5 pre-orders has the potential to see many of the most eager gamers miss out on day one playing time and could see games arrive days after release. While we are sure games will be sent with premium delivery to arrive in time, the limited shipping times do pose concerns.

“GTA V is released on 17th September and Rockstar, who publish it, have worked very hard to make it the biggest gaming launch ever,” retailer GAME said in an email sent to those who have already placed GTA 5 pre-orders.

The email added: "They have requested that no UK retailer despatch GTA V before the 16th September and GAME, along with all reputable retailers, will respect this request."

While there could now be delays affecting the arrival of GTA 5 pre-orders, a selection of UK retailers have already confirmed their intentions to hold midnight openings to let gamers snap up the long awaited title as the clock ticks into the first seconds of Tuesday September 17.

Again keen to discuss its GTA plans, GAME this week revealed it will hold GTA 5 release date midnight openings at hundreds of its stores up and down the country.

"The wait is almost over - Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on 17th September, and GAME Stores throughout the country will be opening at Midnight to let you get your hands on the highly-anticipated game as soon as possible!" an official spokesperson for the retailer has announced.

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Via: Videogamer


September 5, 2013, 3:25 pm

Doesn't matter ordered from amazon and they always post it one day before release, so I'm not worried


September 5, 2013, 7:07 pm

amazon is shipping, there for you are one of the people who probably wont get the game on release date, so that you dont get it early.


September 5, 2013, 7:08 pm

Me too!! Fingers crossed as I have booked a few days off work ;-)

Matthew Bunton

September 5, 2013, 11:20 pm

What a pointless decision.

Jim D

September 6, 2013, 11:47 am

this is why i pre ordered in stores so i can just go pick it up on the 17th :) i plan to take a week off work :) im staying up 24 hours playing this


September 6, 2013, 2:46 pm

guilty... i have 2 days off too


September 12, 2013, 8:50 am

Not really. First class posted on Monday will arrive Tuesday. So long as it gets into Royal Mail's hands before 1PM it should be there on time.


September 13, 2013, 3:15 am

Best buy just shipped my copy today

Nizhidao Shenme

September 13, 2013, 8:33 pm

Best Buy shipped my copy yesterday too. But after more than 24 hours, the UPS tracking still shows "Not available". So just because Best Buy marked it as shipped it isn't necessarily so.


September 16, 2013, 10:21 am

had mine shipped by amazon on saturday, so should recieve it today or release day


September 16, 2013, 6:57 pm

mine shipped the 12th from best buy. but ups says not to expect it until the 19th wtf


September 17, 2013, 6:39 pm

I just went into best buy without a preoder and bought the preorder version. Cant wait to play!

Rafael Vazquez

September 17, 2013, 9:19 pm

I pre ordered it on Amazon and the estimated delivery date is 20th to 24th lol first time this happens to me, I guess they just have way to many pre orders? idk...

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