Ever walked into an EB Games or a JB Hi-Fi the days after an E3 conference and see a number of pre-orders available for games that have yet to showcase gameplay footage? Well, you're not alone. It's a practice that happens all over the world - offering pre-orders for stuff that has only just been announced. In Germany though, this sort of retail campaign is getting banned.
In a simple fashion too - list a specific date or you can't offer a pre-order. "When consumers order goods on the internet, providers must specify by when the goods are delivered," said Wolfgang Schuldzinski, CEO of Düsseldorf Consumer. The ruling came not due to any specific games release, or a long in the works court case of "Citizen versus 3D Realms" filed after a pre-order of Duke Nukem Forever was left unfulfilled way back in 2001 - but due to a retailer offering pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S6 in August 2016.
This is something that really should exist here - as being able to pre-order Microsoft's Halo Infinite or Bethesda's Starfield feels a little wrong.