GameStop Pulling OnLive Codes from PC Versions of Deus Ex: Human Revolution (UPDATED)
UPDATE: GameStop is now reportedly pulling Deus Ex: Human Revolution copies off shelves altogether, now that the “tearing open boxes and pulling out $50 value competitor coupons” has kind of become a PR muck-up. The report comes by way of Giantbomb, which has a pic of the memo telling GameStop employees what they should be doing.
Here’s a transcript:
At this time please pull all Regular PC editions of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and place them in your backroom. These will be recalled at a later date.
As GameStop is developing a streaming service in our Spawn Labs Cloud Computing Division, the coupon that was included is for a competing service. We are returning all copies of the PC regular edition to the vendor in agreement with Square Enix.
Any unfulfilled reserves of the Regular PC Edition should be taken care of with the inventory set aside in your backroom.
Please honor any returns with a receipt.
Sounds like you can still get your money back if you’re not happy with the fact that GameStop may have robbed you of your OnLive copy.
Ars Technica‘s Ben Kuchera has confirmed with GameStop that the company is pulling codes for the free version of DXHR for OnLive’s cloud streaming service from retail packages of DXHR on PC, citing that OnLive is a competing service. If you buy DXHR for PC as a physical disc at any other store, you receive a Steam code and a code for the game on OnLive, which allows you to stream it over the Internet rather than install it on your computer.
That’s right: GameStop is removing a feature you’d normally receive for the price of entry because that feature competes with its interests. And meanwhile, when you show up at the store to purchase DXHR, you’re getting unknowingly ripped off. Classy, GameStop.
So here’s us warning you — don’t buy from them. Even if you’re not a fan of the OnLive version (which is somewhat understandable, given that you can’t share saves between your cloud version of the game and your installed PC version, but I still like OnLive), vote with your feet and your wallet and don’t let GameStop use its corporate strong-arm to keep you from getting what you paid for.