Blockbuster has gone bust again – and seems to be cancelling all pre-orders for PlayStation 4 consoles.
Despite a statement that says “all stores will continue trading as normal,” Blockbuster have confirmed on Twitter that they will not be completing any pre-orders made through their stores.
The tweet said: “we can’t fulfil any Xbox One or PS4 pre-orders at this time.”
In-store staff have said they cannot confirm what is happening with pre-orders, but it seems store managers are being told pre-orders cannot be honoured.
@JackInTheBox05 We are sorry that you will be disappointed and that we can’t fulfil any xboxone or PS4 pre-orders at this time.
— Blockbuster UK (@Blockbuster_UK) October 29, 2013
Gaming fans will now have to re-order their consoles from other outlets, being put back to the end of the waiting list that currently stretches for several weeks after the PS4 is released.
Gordon Brothers Europe said efforts to turn around Blockbuster had failed , while it also blamed the failure to develop an online venture on Blockbuster’s US parent company.
All 264 stores will remain open while administrators try to find a buyer, but 32 redundancies were confirmed at the firm’s headquarters.
Frank Morton, chief executive of the company, said: “Since the acquisition we have worked extremely hard to reignite the Blockbuster brand, make our investment work and put the business on a viable footing.
“Despite our best efforts, we regret that we are now forced to make some redundancies and would like to thank any affected employees for their support during the last six months.”