- Oct 7, 2000
i get that, and we just covered all that and its not really the same thing. thats like putting a deposit down that the retailer has. current day preorders are helping devs raise money to finish games, well the longer ones are.One of my friends preordered Duke Nukem Forever in 2002-2003. Had a group of friends who preordered Final Fantasy VII in 1997.
In the days of more physical sales a preorder or presale was good because retailers didn't want to order more than they were going to sell. It was especially important with localized Japanese titles. I remember when I went out to buy a copy of Final Fantasy IX after it came out that it was really difficult to find at any of the large retail stores.