With each passing year publishers put more and more effort into securing the coveted pre-order. Getting as many fans as possible to whip out their wallets and sign up for a game months (or even years) before it will release boosts profits quicker and helps publishers gauge how many copies the game will sell overall.
In many cases, a game will be announced with only a vague teaser and no launch window, but stores immediately offer pre-orders all the same. In Germany, this isn't going to fly anymore. This decision was reached by the Higher Regional Court of Munich after a consumer protection claim was made against German retailer Media Markt in regards to them taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S6 without any concrete details on its release.
Although the ruling was initially sparked by a smartphone, it applies broadly, and video games are included. This means retailers can no longer accept money for upcoming games that have no clear release window. Retailers must at least be able to "indicate the latest date by which the product will be delivered."
Do you agree with this ruling, or do you believe retailers should be free to accept money for products with or without launch info? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!