Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling (aka FourZeroTwo) clarified the broken street date on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, saying via Twitter, “ANY store selling MW2 early is in violation of street date. There are no “special permissions.” That said, we won’t punish players for it.”
We reported earlier that a select few stores had permission to sell the game. This is apparently not true. It’s unclear whether Infinity Ward/Activision plans to take action against the stores that are violating the street date. As always, we’ll keep you posted.
Update: GameStop made this announcement regarding the early sale of Modern Warfare 2:
This past weekend, GameStop made the decision to break street date and sell reserved copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in select markets where other retailers had broken street date. Our decision followed many conversations with Activision and was an effort to protect our customer base.