S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Hits US Retail Sept. 15; Steam Release Date Not Yet Determined?

By Chris Faylor, Sep 08, 2008 10:56am PDT S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky (PC) will arrive in North American retailers on September 15, publisher Deep Silver announced today.

The GSC Game World-developed shooter prequel was previously expected to hit September 5, but suffered a delay due to a North American manufacturing problem that reportedly saw the game head to stores without the CD key codes required for play.

Curiously, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the game's once-simultaneous release on Valve's digital distribution network Steam.

Though Valve has announced that S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky will be downloadable on September 15, Deep Silver today stated digital download release date "has not yet been determined."

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  • I'm getting pretty sick of publishers holding back the digital download release until the retailers have the game. How about a new business model? How about you unlock the game on the SHIP date if I preordered. Then you'd get your sale and I'd get my game. In a perfect world I'd say the game should come out on the ship date but I'm sure theres some agreement with the retailers that would prevent this. I'd also say it should cost less as there are no shipping or packaging costs and I assume that bandwidth isn't quite as expensive as these items, but appartenty price fixing is rampant and noone seems to care.