No Ubisoft Vita launch titles for GAME customers

Pre-ordered some sweet Ubisoft Vita launch titles at GAME? Not anymore you haven't.

So the PS Vita launches in the UK at midnight tonight and with it a healthy selection of launch titles that includes Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048, Modnation Racers and Lumines. Unless you’re buying it from GAME that is, in which case Lumines is off the list along with¬†Michael Jackson: The Experience, Rayman Origins, Dungeon Hunter Alliance and pretty much anything else for the Vita published by Ubisoft. GAME elected to inform their customers of this pretty big development today, less than 24 hours before the Vita’s midnight launch. While I guess it’s better than not finding out until you’re actually at your local GAME store at midnight, in the cold, it’s still a mite inconvenient for any customer itching to bag a copy of Rayman Origins with their handheld purchase.

The reason for this unfortunate turn of events can be traced back to the beginning of February when GAME announced it had lost credit assurance with most of its publishing partners. Although no specific publishers were named I’m sure we can all now safely assume Ubisoft were one of them.¬†Without delving too deeply into the black magic voodoo of economics, losing credit assurance means those publishers affected will no longer give GAME any stock in advance on a promise of payment. In GAME’s better days they could get stock in and pay later on any that sold, returning unpurchased stock for a refund. Now these publishers won’t even given GAME a glossy cardboard stand or a poster unless they cough up some cold hard cash first.

A nasty turn of events for a company that’s been heavily relying on the success of the Vita to help them out of their present financial quagmire. What’s the point of being the official UK Vita launch partner when you can’t sell all of the games it’s launching with? Thankfully launch titles from EA, Sega and other publishers are currently unaffected, so your pre-order of Uncharted: Golden Abyss should be waiting for you when doors open at midnight. While you’re there you might want to consider burning through any points remaining on your GAME loyalty card. If things continue like this – and it looks highly likely from where I’m sitting – you may not get another chance until its big closing-down sale.

Source: Eurogamer

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