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Posted: Jan 27th 2012 4:03PM Macabre 13 said

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Amazon.de also claimed to know exactly when Diablo III was launching...

Because, of course, a german website would know about American game releases before *anyone else in the world.*

Massively, please don't feed the trolls.

Posted: Jan 27th 2012 4:13PM (Unverified) said

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@Macabre 13 I think they just want more hits than any sort of reaction.
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Posted: Jan 27th 2012 4:32PM yeppers said

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They have to put some date in there in order to register the product pre-orderable. Also... wouldn't you get more pre-orders for a product that had a June 2012 release date as opposed to a (more likely) date of December 2012?
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Posted: Jan 28th 2012 2:12AM (Unverified) said

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@Macabre 13 one theory is that a game release date is actually known a very long time before they're made public and that these release dates are shared with all the relevant parties. The second part of the theory then is that a foreign party (such as German Amazon) doesn't get the memo that it has to be kept hush hush, or someone along the line uploads the wrong but right information and so it is made available to the general public. But yeah it's a bit far-fetched.
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Posted: Jan 27th 2012 4:08PM gegner said

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I don't believe there is any reason to post this. We all know that Amazon.de doesn't know jack about a release date. Once they have one it will be announced, and not through Amazon...

Posted: Jan 27th 2012 4:24PM Irem said

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@gegner
I can think of one good reason to post this, and it's so that Massively isn't inundated with thousands of tips from people who aren't informed about how pre-order "release dates" usually work. It's been acknowledged and there's a place to discuss it.
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Posted: Jan 27th 2012 4:10PM KvanCetre said

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Serious question.

When has amazon been right about an unannounced launch date ever?

Posted: Jan 27th 2012 10:22PM (Unverified) said

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@KvanCetre
Seriously, Amazon (and many other retailers) start preorders early with a COMPLETE GUESS for a release date, this isnt even news.
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Posted: Jan 28th 2012 6:43AM Cyroselle said

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@KvanCetre I know right? I was going to mention Diablo III, but some one already beat me to it. /wink
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Posted: Jan 27th 2012 4:16PM Grumms said

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That's a Saturday. Not happening.

Posted: Jan 27th 2012 4:16PM Space Cobra said

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Well, this is "par for course".

I think Gamestop also had a launch date for SWTOR that was earlier on; basically all dates are tentative.

They probably got an approximation of a launch date from some source who heard it from some other source in the division of publishing from someone's nephew in the corporate office.

The date is mildly interesting in that it pegs things down, but it could also be wrong, even gravely wrong, as has happened with such things before. But...it does look like a 2012 release....sans soccer jerseys.

Posted: Jan 29th 2012 3:01AM BoundingDeer said

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@Space Cobra I work at Gamestop. They have so many games in for pre-order with hokey dates simply so they can be pre-ordered, the only time a release date is accurate is when the company officially announces it and there are posters and ads everywhere. I pre ordered GW2 CE 2 months ago for 79.99 and it says the release date is march 1st. obvs not going to happen.
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Posted: Jan 27th 2012 4:17PM Pyzlnar said

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I'd like to point out that the whole last year Amazon said that GW2 release would be "2 November 2011", and since I'm not playing the game right now I'm assuming that both statements are false.

Seriously, don't take retailers date seriously. >_>

Posted: Jan 27th 2012 4:17PM Yoh said

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Jumping the gun a little bit I'd say.

Posted: Jan 27th 2012 4:22PM silver001 said

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I m so proud of massively.com for the expert reporting on news.

march 31,
June 30, 2012
september 30,
december 31

Did you ever consider that June 30, 2012 is the end of the 3rd quarter? Just like how gamestop uses dates such as march 31 and december 31 for games without release dates?

Posted: Jan 27th 2012 4:22PM (Unverified) said

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We've seen gamestop, amazon, a million websites post estimated release dates hundreds of times. They just use the 'fake' dates to allow for preorders to be sold. We've all seen it before and they all change the dates once the real release has been confirmed.

This date can give us an approximate of what quarter to expect the games release. I don't know if any quarter has been confirmed yet though. Just take it for what it is... not a real date.

Posted: Jan 27th 2012 5:44PM Braiks said

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@(Unverified) Gamestop had the Rift date 1 month before it was announced though.
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Posted: Jan 27th 2012 4:30PM DukeOAwesome323 said

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there is no way anyone should believe that. no matter how much i want to believe it. still what a random retailer says is not as official as the company making the game saying when its coming. please let it be soon.

Posted: Jan 27th 2012 4:42PM Makovorn said

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Nah, if it turns out to be true, it will be pure coincidence. There is just no way they could know this, plus the announcement of a release date for GW2 will (no doubt) have a *huge* marketing drive coupled to it.

Also (purely IMHO), I think it a bit folly to pre-order now anyway. We don't have a release date and we don't know any details about special releases like collectors editions etc. Also, the only party who's benefiting from your pre-order money right now, is Amazon. (i.e. You're not doing ArenaNet any favours.)

I'd rather have the money in my bank than theirs ... at least until we have a concrete date as announced by ArenaNet themselves. Anything other than that is pure speculation.

Posted: Jan 27th 2012 4:45PM (Unverified) said

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Considering what was said about how the "original intentions" were to have the third novel out before the release of GW2 in the Guild Wars Insider article a couple of months ago when they were talking about how the change of author pushed the date back to August of this year, this is actually a tentative release date I can believe is close to the mark.

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