Game Introduces Innovative Pre-owned, Pre-Order Scheme

Game will offer pre-orders for pre-owned version of the latest titles currently on the market even if they haven't been announced yet.

According to MCV, up to eight titles will be in the trial scheme and it will be the first time that a UK high street retailer will be offering such a scheme; these will include Crysis 2, Homefront, Dragon Age II, Shift 2: Unleashed and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12.

Customers stand to make savings of up to £16 on the normal suggested retail price of £50. The games will be shipped to those who have placed preorders as soon as new releases come back to the shop as new copies.

There are already a number of big names offering pre-owned games buying services including Argos and Asda, services that have become more popular as the price of games gradually crept up and the sheer amount of blockbuster games hit record levels in the first 24 hours.

The reality though is murkier; pre-owned games have been blamed for failing sales many a time in the past which may have prompted games publishers to deliver more content exclusively online (available to first time players).

Last month, Game also started selling Xbox Downloadable Content cards instore in a move to allow a wider audience to get access to DLC content over the counter without having to own a credit card.