Today marks the start of the early access period for Gears of War 4. Buyers who pre-ordered specific versions of Gears of War 4 (namely the pricier $100 Ultimate Edition or the $250 Collector’s Edition) were given early access to the game four days prior to the official Gears of War 4 release on October 11th. However, if you pre-ordered Gears of War 4 from Amazon, you may have to kiss your early access period goodbye.
Several disgruntled customers have taken to Reddit to voice their dissatisfaction over the fact that Amazon is apparently pushing back the delivery date for their copies of Gears of War 4 by several days.
The original poster said that their copy was supposed to come today as intended, but is now scheduled to arrive next Wednesday (an entire day after the game becomes available to the public). With Monday being a national holiday (Columbus Day) and most conventional mail services unable to deliver packages on Sunday, Amazon’s delay pretty much guarantees that if a customer doesn’t get their copy by tomorrow that they won’t be able to utilize the early access they paid extra for.
Posters in the above Reddit thread have said they called Amazon’s customer service representatives, who in turn told them that their local warehouses had yet to receive shipments of the game (suggesting that this could in fact be an issue on Microsoft’s end). However, this appears to be unlikely as other retailers such as Best Buy don’t appear to be affected. We’ve reached out to both Amazon and Microsoft for clarification on this issue and will update if we hear back.