If you heard rumours floating around the internet about there being no Epic Edition of Gears of War 3, then we have the confirmation that you were looking for. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s true.
South Africa as well as a few other regions will not be getting the Epic Edition at all. Official comment after the jump.
We quickly contacted Microsoft for an official comment on the rumours going around that we were apparently not going to be getting the amazingly awesome looking Epic Editions due to some exclusivity deal signed with Gamestop in the U.S.
This is the full and official comment that we received:
SA will , unfortunately, not be getting the EPIC edition of GOW3. An exclusive deal was signed overseas, and a few markets had to give back their allocations to allow for it to happen.
I have been in touch with the retailers to remove their listings, so that it no longer becomes an issue of false advertising – and anyone who has preordered already, will receive an additional limited edition item.
However, they will purchase Limited Edition, and not Epic as desired – there is just nothing we can do about it I am afraid.
Hope that clears it up,
I don’t really know what else to tell you. This news is beyond disappointing to say the very least. The fact that some markets have actually had to give back their allocations is preposterous.
I know that there will be many of you fuming about this… goodness knows that as a big fan of the franchise I am. I very rarely ever fork out the extra money for a collector’s edition, but I was going to for this and now that won’t be a possibility anymore.
Getting this confirmation shortly after hearing the news that the inFamous 2 Heroes Edition was cancelled locally a week after it was supposed to release has left South African gamers about as bitter as they could be.
Local games retailer BT Games told us via Twitter that:
“Hey we heard this @ E3. are working on an alternate exclusive package…. keep your eyes peeled.”
An alternate package is better than nothing, but honestly, when the Epic Edition looks like it does, and comes with an incredible statuette like that… I don’t think there is anything that you can do to fix the sting of it not being available to us.
As for other regions, if you aren’t sure about availability in your region and/or pretty much don’t live in some sort of important market – you should get a hold of your local distributors to check availability.
Post your thoughts and comments below.
Last Updated: June 17, 2011