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September 1st, 2008, 18:15
Shack News has posted a confirmation from Deep Silver that the Clear Sky prequel has been recalled from NA shelves following an alleged CD key mix-up. European release is unaffected:
The North American release of GSC Game World's S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky (PC) has been delayed "a few days" past the promised September 5 date, a representative from publisher Deep Silver confirmed with Shacknews today.
The slip stems from a manufacturing issue specific to the North American edition, with Deep Silver forced to recall all copies that have already shipped to stores. The issue is apparently a printing error that saw the game distributed without CD keys…
A new release date for North America is not yet available, though several online retailers have the title tentatively slated for September 15.
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balderdash, Warhammer online will be out by then, and they will miss some sales
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September 1st, 2008, 18:20
Still the correct decision. Putting a s/n on all those boxes at least avoids a tech support nightmare which would have been much more expensive and would have damaged their reputation.
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Hopefully this means that it will be a lot less buggy than the first STALKER.
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Hopefully this means that it will be a lot less buggy than the first STALKER.
What? You mean putting CD keys in the boxes is going to make the game less buggy?
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balderdash, Warhammer online will be out by then, and they will miss some sales
And Spore and Crysis: Warhammer. Plus people really looking forward to playing the game may be more tempted to just steal it. (They will "buy it later" of course… some of them… well, a couple of them….)

This little printing error is going to cost them big money, I'm afraid. That's just flat out sad. I wonder if there's something in the contracts for printing/publishing that cover how damages are paid in this sort of thing?
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