GameStop set its own release date for Doom Eternal -- today

Cal Jeffrey

TS Evangelist
Staff member

Reviews for Doom Eternal began rolling in this week and they have been overwhelmingly positive. That is good news for those who wait before throwing their money down, but what is even better is that they can get the game a day early if they are willing to leave home.

Doom Eternal was slated to come out March 20, which is Friday — tomorrow as of this writing. It is also the same day that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is launching. With two highly anticipated title releasing on the same day, GameStop became concerned that crowds coming to pick up the games at stores would create a social distancing problem.

To help stem the tide of gamers flooding the stores, the company tweeted that it would begin selling copies of Doom Eternal today, March 19, a day before the official release. Animal Crossing will go on the shelves tomorrow as planned. The somewhat unprecedented move is a “safety precaution” that staggers the releases to limit exposure to the coronavirus the company said.

It is curious that GameStop is predicting large crowds during a time when everybody is paranoid about gathering in enclosed spaces. It would seem that the biggest sellers of these hot releases would be any of the half dozen or more digital stores, as well as large retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and others vending physical copies from their websites.

The struggling game store has had a hard enough time keeping its doors open and attracting customers. One would imagine that social distancing would only make matters worse by keeping the eager crowds away.

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Cal Jeffrey

TS Evangelist
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People still pay full retail for disc based media?
Why wouldn't they? I happen to prefer physical media over digital. I know my discs are not going anywhere unless I want them to. That said, digital games are much more convenient. They are easier to buy, they go with you everywhere as long as you have access to the server and access to the server is digital's main fault.
 

ZackL04

TS Guru
Why wouldn't they? I happen to prefer physical media over digital. I know my discs are not going anywhere unless I want them to. That said, digital games are much more convenient. They are easier to buy, they go with you everywhere as long as you have access to the server and access to the server is digital's main fault.
If you set your system as your primary you dont need server access unless u want to play online. I never trade my games anymore, so I dont see the need for physical media. And to switch games without having to get off the couch is just an added bonus.

How do you buy PC games as physical? I doubt it, whats the difference if your buying all pc games digital already?