It was only a matter a time before GameStop would figure out a plan of action in regards to upcoming releases from the now bankrupt publisher THQ. Officially Metro: Last Light will be the first to be thrown to the pre-order gallows by being removed from GameStop Impulse immediately. Gamespot reached out to retailer GameStop and received a quote from vice president of public and investor relations Matt Hodges in which he stated the following:
“Essentially, due to THQ’s current financial situation and uncertainty of delivery, in order to protect our consumers we removed the ability to pre-purchase that specific game”
Consumers who did pre-order Metro: Last Light are being instructed to contact GameStop costumer service to have their money refunded. As of this writing, retail copy pre-orders have not yet been affected, but it should be noted that the situation could change in the coming weeks and months. Also, listings for other upcoming THQ titles cannot be found on the GameStop Impulse service.
I think it’s safe to say that GameStop — like many others in the industry — will be paying close attention to THQ’s bankruptcy auction taking place January 22nd, before assuming the availability of titles from the embattled publisher.