1MagicianTue 16th Mar 2021
Stuck at work behind a firewall for most of the day. I hope I’ll be able to place an order once I get home. Their previous releases Pikuniku, Heave Ho, and The Swords of Ditto are still in stock, so I think my chances are good.
2Mr-Fuggles777Tue 16th Mar 2021
Do these increase in value with them being limited runs?
Might be worth starting to pick some of these physical editions up.
3PessitheMysticTue 16th Mar 2021
They put 300 pre-sales live last night and sent a link via their Discord. Managed to secure a copy yesterday
4RupeeClockTue 16th Mar 2021
The Swords of Ditto is actually sold out, there was a stronger demand for it on both Special Reserve Games and Limited Run Games.
I’m eager to get Ape Out pre-ordered today when the window opens to the public.
5MagicianTue 16th Mar 2021
Ah, my fault. I just glanced at the website and saw that the Mormo’s Curse $200 option was still available. Not that the standard edition was out of stock.
6gcunitTue 16th Mar 2021
Couldn’t see a link to add to basket so I guess it’s sold out already. Not that I was going to get one – being UK based I don’t think the game is worthy of how much it will cost me, I’d be buying just for collecting’s sake.
I’ve tried the game, but only briefly, maybe even only one run. I liked the idea of it beforehand but the playing experience left me a bit underwhelmed.
7RupeeClockTue 16th Mar 2021
Pre-orders haven’t opened yet, that’s all.
Special Reserve Games’ site doesn’t make it easy to know when pre-orders will open, nothing like a countdown timer is provided like on other boutique sites.
8gcunitTue 16th Mar 2021
@RupeeClock Oh I see. Thanks for setting me straight.
9SwitchForceTue 16th Mar 2021
As long as they tell us the percentages left to buy also helps.
10ChloceanTue 16th Mar 2021
@Mr-Fuggles777 Absolutely. I srill regret missing out on some Switch physical releases (Wandersong will be mine some day), because your only other choice is floggers on Ebay.
11Mr-Fuggles777Tue 16th Mar 2021
@Chlocean might start picking them up then. Although it might feel like scalping if I’m only buying them to turn a profit at a later date.
12AneiraWed 17th Mar 2021
It did say that pre-orders opened 12:00 PM CT. I don’t remember if it said so directly on the site, which it should have, or if it were on their Twitter channel.
However I rushed in to get one, fearing they would sell out in minutes, but as always they’re still available the following day. I’m unsure as to whether these Limited Print companies tells the truth as to how many copies actually are available. I suspect that they report a way lower number than they in fact have, just to make people enticed to buy. I don’t like it at all. It’s an unclean tactic. Sadly I still suffer from FOMO, so I’m always on the losing side regardless of what I do.
13RupeeClockWed 17th Mar 2021
The risk of a game selling out is real, this was the game for Hotline Miami Collection for example.
These sellers are open about how much stock they truly have, it becomes a matter of buyer speculation of how high the demand will be, but the safest course of action is always to place a pre-order at the earliest availability.
In this case, it seems that the demand wasn’t too high.
Special Reserve Games don’t disclose their remaining stock numbers with the same level of transparency as Super Rare Games though.
14AneiraWed 17th Mar 2021
Depends if the numbers of stock left is truthful, which I highly doubt. Super Rare Games stock usually goes to under 10% within the first hour and then stays there for weeks. Could be truthful… but I see profit from faking these numbers. Makes potential buyers dig in before thinking twice.
I have to say that I prefer the way Limited Run Games and Iam8bit does it. Open unlimited pre-orders for a set period.
I do get why other people dislike it, cause it means they don’t have the games in stock and you could wait up to a year before receiving your purchase. But I’ve never been in a rush to play a game, so for me it’s better. I do think Super Rare Games does a far better job with the extra stuff contained with each release and as I’m European too, they are cheaper for me… or was cheaper… darn Brexit.
15RupeeClockWed 17th Mar 2021
I don’t think they’re deceitful, I think what you’re seeing is a reflection of the rush to purchase a limited quantity item, but the available stock outweighs the demand.
This happens a lot on Strictly Limited Games for example, they have wave 1 orders open and they sell out, and then they have wave 2 orders and they sell a significant number, but not out totally.
Limited Run Games and iam8bit didn’t always operate on open pre-orders, it was not always the option. They had to order limited quantities of games because they didn’t have much money to work with. It could be a reflection in the change of how the platform holders manufacture their games, for example Nintendo Switch games have a minimum order of 1000 copies, and in increments of thousands.
It’s also worth mentioning that Super Rare Games are an anomaly in that they don’t even sell the games until they have them in their warehouse. So they always have to estimate what the demand will be and order a number that they think reflects that.
One of their biggest mistakes was manufacturing 5,000 copies of Smoke and Sacrifice. They have been struggling to offload that stock for over a year.
This is as compared to other boutiques that will put up pre-orders for games awaiting manufacturing, and make you wait months for the order to be fulfilled.
16AneiraWed 17th Mar 2021
Yeah, so what have we learned from the Smoke and Sacrifice incident? Only make deals with games that are actually good games.
I purchase a lot of Limited print games, but not all of them. I am in no way a collector that must have a complete set. I only buy if the games are good and worth the coin. That’s why they should think carefully about which games they actually choose to publish.
Sadly this strategy doesn’t affect publishers like Limited Run Games with their open pre-orders. That also reflects their lineup. Some real crap in between.
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