UK retailer GAME will not be selling any of Ubisoft's PlayStation Vita launch titles.
Although it has not confirmed the reason, it is presumed that it is down to ongoing negotiations with individual suppliers regarding GAME's troubled credit insurance status.
At the moment GAME is having to strike deals with publishers for individual titles with special conditions often attached to each agreement. Most recently this saw Namco Bandai title Tekken 3DS missing from GAME upon its release last Friday.
At this time we will not be selling the following Ubisoft titles; Lumines Electronic Symphony, Michael Jackson: The Experience, Rayman Origins, Asphalt Injection and Dungeon Hunter Alliance,” a spokesperson told VG247.
All customers affected by this decision have been made aware of the situation and we will continue to communicate any updates to customers through our Twitter and Facebook feeds.”
The news is a big blow for both GAME and Ubisoft. With the Vita launch kicking off at midnight tonight, GAME's potential Vita customer base will take a big knock with so many key launch titles missing from their shelves.
In addition, Ubisoft faces the prospect of its Vita launch line-up MIA from the UK's biggest High Street games retailer, meaning it will miss out on crucial sales.