Earlier today news broke that GameStop might be releasing Tomb Raider early. Nothing before was ever stated by either the retailer or Square Enix themselves that the game was a timed exclusive, but that didn’t send the retail giant from sending out texts stating that pre-order customers could pick up their games on Friday, January 24 — a full four days before the planned release date of January 28. While some questioned if this was just a simple mistake, it looks like GameStop is indeed selling the game early.
The internet is atwitter with reports of gamers picking up the title as early as midnight. A post on NeoGAF clearly shows a copy of the game in hand:
We’ve confirmed with an anyomous GameStop manager that the game has no street date in their computer, meaning that a GameStop store can technically sell the game whenever they like. As this doesn’t seem to be an official early release, it remains YMMV, but it seems like there’s a good chance you could be playing Tomb Raider as soon as your local GameStop opens for business on Friday.