The console versions? Hmmm. You might still have to wait for them. Unless you're Australian.
The Australian wing of the Game chain, you see, have confirmed that they've broken the street date in line with the PC release. "Yay!" we thought. "Bricks and mortar retail that is actually in tune with what us cool kidsat the internet forefront of gaming are actually doing" But then we called our local, UK-based branch of Game. The man at the shop replied to our questionings of a similarly early release with a blunt denial and a vague air of confusion, and refused to sell us a copy before Thursday. C'mon, man in Game. It's almost as if you've never heard of potato-based ARGs.
Looks like it's all down to individual retailer discretion on this one. There could be some retail angstin regards toEA publishing the console versions, where Valve is obviously publishing the PC version itself, but really, c'mon guys. The game is out. This is one situation where the phrase "F*ck it" really does apply, regardless of other considerations.
Getting the console version? Start ringing around and let us know if you have any luck getting a copy.
April 19th, 2011