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Post by Dan @ 03:18pm 10/11/11 | 63 Comments
Kotaku is reporting on confirmation that both EB Games and JB Hifi have broken street date a day early for the much anticipated The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Unfortunately for PC users, the Steam release is still on schedule to unlock at midnight tonight 11.11.11 , but if you're keen for some Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 action, no such authentication barriers will stand in the way of your dreams of becoming the dragonborn.

Also, for those interested in staying up late, we'll have our review of the game live at 12:01am(ish), so stay tuned!



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ravn0s
Posted 03:19pm 10/11/11
should unlock 11pm brisbane time
paveway
Posted 03:20pm 10/11/11
they must be doing it on purpose? this is the 3rd big release game in like 3 weeks
copuis
Posted 03:21pm 10/11/11
if the bricks and mortor guys keep doing this (which I can only guess it a way to get customers to buy from them "to get it first") they are going to start getting into the s***
Dan
Posted 03:22pm 10/11/11
It wouldn't be the publisher, in fact, I think Bethesda would likely be pretty peaved by it -- especially given the 11.11.11 release date. It's surely the retailers.
ravn0s
Posted 03:24pm 10/11/11
if the bricks and mortor guys keep doing this (which I can only guess it a way to get customers to buy from them "to get it first") they are going to start getting into the s***


the first ones to break the street date get massive fines apparently.
copuis
Posted 03:28pm 10/11/11
yeah but is the fine less than the value of product sold, and preorders on the next big title (in case they break that date too)
Nerfy
Posted 03:29pm 10/11/11
Tbh I'd be surprised if publishers really cared, unless it was an mmo or something (or perhaps if they were working embarrassing last minute fixes).
Phandaal
Posted 03:30pm 10/11/11
Considering that retailers in this country are being left to the wolves, all I can say is good on 'em for trying to steal a few sales.

Anyone starting to miss being able to walk into a bookstore and browse yet?
copuis
Posted 03:33pm 10/11/11
I can walk to a bookstore an browse

also, there is this cool place called a public library, that never killed book stores, the thing that killed bookstores is bookstores, (over expanded, cut prices, etc) it shoulc be called the starbucks business model
eski
Posted 03:43pm 10/11/11
yeah but is the fine less than the value of product sold, and preorders on the next big title (in case they break that date too)


The full amount is something crazy like $100 000 per copy they sell, but they never seem to penalise them that harshly.
kappa
Posted 03:44pm 10/11/11
So... many.... games.... must ....resist!
Hogfather
Posted 03:48pm 10/11/11
Considering that retailers in this country are being left to the wolves

By whom?

Instead of telling the publisher to get f***ed on release dates they should tell the publisher to get f***ed on regional pricing and threaten to parallel import.

When some random QGL mulim can make a buck importing games for HALF THE PRICE then its time for the stores to stand up for themselves or die because they are running a fundamentally broken business model.
carson
Posted 03:49pm 10/11/11
Yeah, I don't know how they are getting away with this.
deadlyf
Posted 03:51pm 10/11/11
the first ones to break the street date get massive fines apparently.
Does anyone actually pay this though? I mean the only way to make someone pay a made up fine is if you have an alternative punishment in place on the condition they don't pay the fine. What are Bethesda going to do if they don't pay? EB would rather be selling secondhand copies of their games anyway.
Mosfxx
Posted 03:56pm 10/11/11
Yeah I just got a sms from EBGames saying my Skyrim can be picked up today...

Awesome, I only got my BF3 last night...
Nerfy
Posted 03:58pm 10/11/11
First world problems are the best types of problems, at least. :P
Guerilla
Posted 04:00pm 10/11/11
God damn..but I want it early on pc
Reverend Evil
Posted 04:47pm 10/11/11
I just got my PC copy from EB before. They sent out a text saying it's ready.

Stupid thing is I can't install it!!!
Ganker
Posted 05:01pm 10/11/11
Unfortunately for PC users, the Steam release is still on schedule to unlock at midnight tonight 11.11.11

PC users are consistently getting penalised. I'm still waiting for Batman Arkham City to be released for PC, over a month later!

Damn the console monkeys.
Ganker
Posted 05:04pm 10/11/11
Reverend Evil
Posted 05:16pm 10/11/11
Coolies, I can pre-load thru Steam but it won't let me install off the disc.
Eorl
Posted 05:25pm 10/11/11
My bad! Forgot about the no no's. Anyways, I hear we've got spears now, and infinite quests, dragons don't "respawn" in the normal sense, but by being resurrected, and graphics are actually looking good for PC. Now to prepare my body, and to prepare my girlfriend for what will be no communication for a few weeks.
DM
Posted 05:27pm 10/11/11
Spears? Woah really? Hot damn I didn't know that. Only wish they left in the chickens reporting crimes bug. Commit crime, kill ALL chickens.
BladeRunner
Posted 05:36pm 10/11/11
Just got mine, not happy I can't install it or do anything with it. Mean while in console land..."oh ma gawd, I killed a dragon lulz."
Reverend Evil
Posted 05:43pm 10/11/11
Tried pre-loading on Steam but only getting 11k a sec. Will just wait til later and use the disc.
Midda
Posted 05:47pm 10/11/11
Considering that retailers in this country are being left to the wolves, all I can say is good on 'em for trying to steal a few sales.

Yeah, retail stores are the real underdogs of the games market, fighting the good fight.

...
carson
Posted 06:05pm 10/11/11
I was going to wait and get this around xmas time, but goddamn everyone keeps talking about it so now I want it :(
Ganker
Posted 06:13pm 10/11/11
Carson drop your life for a couple of weeks and go get it.
D-Sub
Posted 06:27pm 10/11/11
Two assignments and two exams left. I cannot, will not, allow myself to buy this.
Enska
Posted 06:31pm 10/11/11
Oh f***, I thought today was the 11th and left work early to come home and install it. spewing.
Phooks
Posted 06:38pm 10/11/11
yeah i've got 3 exams left. it's killing me
carson
Posted 06:41pm 10/11/11
yeah i've got 3 exams left. it's killing me

Two exams left here. Must resist the urge to buy!
glynd
Posted 06:44pm 10/11/11
bah, was hoping dungeon crawl would ship it today so it would arrive tomorrow. looks like i'll have to wait til monday.
ctd
Posted 08:13pm 10/11/11
hardly even played bf3, also gotta get uncharted grrr
DarthGuybrush
Posted 08:13pm 10/11/11
Dammit! Oh well. Got an email from OzGameShop.com saying its been despatched. In the meantime I have Arkham City, Forza 4 and Battlefield 3 to occupy my time ;)
Eorl
Posted 08:58pm 10/11/11
Greenmangaming now have Skyrim! Half the price to.
ravn0s
Posted 09:00pm 10/11/11
bit late eorl
Mosfxx
Posted 09:02pm 10/11/11
I just picked up ny Skyrim preorder from eb f*** its heavy
Raazel
Posted 09:21pm 10/11/11
I dislike everyone that has it already! Damn you steam and your adherence to embargoes!
Nerfy
Posted 09:44pm 10/11/11
Oh I was just overcome with weakness, screw this - to greenman gaming! It's not going to get cheaper than that for Australian buyers for a loooonngg time.
Bertis
Posted 09:47pm 10/11/11
"The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim cannot be installed yet, because it is not yet released."

Aww...
ravn0s
Posted 10:26pm 10/11/11
so it looks like GMG wont be releasing keys until UK release date which is like another 12 hrs or so. was hoping i could get the key and have it downloading all day tomorrow.
BladeRunner
Posted 12:03am 11/11/11
installing now. will post video screenshots etc soon or tomorrow.
euphoria
Posted 12:07am 11/11/11
Steam game UNLOCKED!
Shao
Posted 12:10am 11/11/11
FYI, if u read the kotaku article it states that "Target, Harvey Norman and Kmart have all sold copies of the game early throughout the day"

all it says about EB and Game is: "both GAME and EB have announced through their social media channels that the game is now on sale at all stores"

EB and Game have started selling in response to the others, tho the order in which Kotaku say it can mislead u if ur just skimming the info.

might want to adjust the info :)
Raazel
Posted 12:10am 11/11/11
Wish steam would hurry up and unlock the game, it's taking its sweet time..
DeadlyDav0
Posted 12:15am 11/11/11
Wish steam would hurry up and unlock the game, it's taking its sweet time..

Most of my steam friends in game are playing it ATM.
Grundar
Posted 12:28am 11/11/11
Review? It's 0027hrs here and i'm waiting :P Either way i'm grabbing it tomorrow so I guess it won't hurt to wait that bit longer *shakes fist at shift work*
Eorl
Posted 12:36am 11/11/11
so it looks like GMG wont be releasing keys until UK release date which is like another 12 hrs or so. was hoping i could get the key and have it downloading all day tomorrow.

Going bed then, will wake up with keys hopefully.

Wait a second, apparently they are giving the keys out early according to a forum post

Hi guys,

We are able to see exactly who hasn't received a key yet, and will be making sure you are provided one very soon. There's absolutely no need to worry, it'll show up in your 'Keys' section soon.

All the best

Paul.
Nerfy
Posted 12:40am 11/11/11
My keys section just broke after I also read that post, was working before. Says an admin will be notified. Hopefully it means something. :D
3dee
Posted 12:46am 11/11/11
I bought it via GMG, put in my key into Steam and it's downloading.
Nerfy
Posted 12:49am 11/11/11
I has no key! Oh, how cruel this universe is.
Khel
Posted 12:50am 11/11/11
Just got my key now from GMG
Nerfy
Posted 12:53am 11/11/11
Woo, I have a key
WirlWind
Posted 02:20am 11/11/11
Sadface, I got gypped on a Russian key, apparently in the last moments before launch, it was revealed to be region locked -_-
ctd
Posted 05:09am 11/11/11
Vpn that s***
ravn0s
Posted 07:43am 11/11/11
i went to bed but i've got my key now. gonna download it while i'm at work.
Eorl
Posted 09:18am 11/11/11
I luckily don't have to download the game through steam, had a retail copy on my computer before hand, so all I had to do was chuck key in and away I go. Seems to be a digital edition, whatever that means.
Hogfather
Posted 09:24am 11/11/11
Vpn that s***

The RU key requires VPN to play, not just install..
Ganker
Posted 11:58am 11/11/11
I was up til 3am this morning playing, it was worth the current zombielike state im in at work.
WirlWind
Posted 03:21pm 11/11/11
Aye, hogfather. Though there is some contention that it may not be true and it's just an error on valve's part, going off the fact that the distributors in russia can't log in either and get a similar message.
D-Sub
Posted 03:23pm 11/11/11
Getting it this arvo, hope the city isn't sold out...
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