Amazon has been a popular way to buy video games for years, but that may not be the case now, given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The online retailer has announced that it was not accepting shipments of things like toys and “consumer electronics” until April 5. This will probably affect Amazon customers hoping to play some upcoming titles like Final Fantasy 7 Remake and the Resident Evil 3 remake.
Amazon revealed this in an email to some of its vendors and sellers, which would also affect third-party vendors, too.
“We are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so that we can more quickly receive, restock, and deliver these products to customers,” read the email in question.
While not explicitly stated, this will most likely hit video games pretty hard, especially pre-orders of the Resident Evil 3 remake and Final Fantasy 7 Remake, as they release on April 3 and April 10, respectively. Those are just over two and three weeks away, falling within or around the time frame of withholding nonessential shipments. If the situation doesn’t change, these copies might not even get to warehouses in time to fulfill pre-orders, especially for RE3. It’s $10 off now, but that saved money might cost you some time.
Essential items like food, soap, baby products, and more will still function as normal, but that doesn’t extend to video games. However, customers will still get some of the aforementioned nonessential items if those items are already on their warehouse shelves. Not shipping some items doesn’t mean the storefront is failing as sales are booming since people are more hesitant to leave the house to get what they need. Amazon is looking to hire 100,000 more workers and has even raised some wages by $2 an hour to help meet the demand.
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