Like I said this past week, the timing is extraordinarily bad.
It's one of the biggest weeks of the year for the industry, primarily because Assassin's Creed III drops on Tuesday. But when Mother Nature has other plans, sometimes you just have to bow…and cover your head.
Hurricane Sandy pounded the eastern seaboard this evening, causing evacuations of low-lying areas from New Jersey to Rhode Island, shutting down Atlantic City and full stretches of I-95, and causing flooding, power outages, and just wreaking general havoc. Hurricanes are problematic, plain and simple.
And because of this, as the storm travels further inland and leaves a lot of damage in its wake, GameStop has canceled midnight launches for the hotly anticipated Assassin's Creed III . They would've been kicking off in an hour or two but things are just too chaotic. Here's a statement from the company, provided to Kotaku (I'd put up the link but Kotaku's site seems to be having issues right now):
"Our top priority is the safety of our employees and customers. In compliance with directives issued by state and local authorities, stores in the path of the storm will remain closed until it is safe to re-open and midnight openings for Assassin's Creed 3 have been cancelled in the northeast. Customers should check with their local stores for details on when we will re-open."
Don't worry, ACIII will still be waiting for you when you get power back. How I still have everything I need, I'm not really sure…guess I just got lucky…hope it holds out.
Quick Edit: It appears that the storm may delay shipments of the game to stores in the Northeast so if you plan on trying to pick it up, call ahead.