Well, still nothing to be found in the "land of hosers, eh".
Futureshop in Edmonton today said they had no sign of it on their computers.
London Drugs here reported today that there are 60 copies shown as "back-ordered at their warehouse", which makes me wonder just what Take 2 was telling TFC/ED on April 16 when they said it had been "shipped on London Drugs". If it's shipped, why isn't it at least at their warehouse yet?
Also, Wags' post of April 20 that Amazon.com, Best Buy, Fry's Electronics, GameStop, J & R Electronics, Game Shack and London Drugs carry it is cold comfort. These are all Amercian outlets, except Best Buy and London Drugs, and Best Buy here in Canada are still not showing it as available. I can only assume that only Best Buy in the US is carrying it. Also, EB Games Canada is a subsidiary of the US-based GameStop, but they have recently downgraded their PC title support, citing it as being only a very small percentage of their business and that they would only be carrying hot-selling titles (which presumably means no study sims like DCS: BS).
Canada, by population, is only 1/10 the size of the US market, but we have not been as seriously affected by the global economic slowdown as the US. It is beyond me why publishers and retailers have apparently lost so much interest in the Canadian PC software market. IMHO, TFC/ED is missing a golden opportunity here.
I will continue to wait for a retail box but my interest is beginning to wane. I am not at all encouraged about the prospects of being able to buy DCS expansions at retail if it is this difficult to get the premiere release in the series to us.
And don't bother going on about the ability to buy it digitally - when I went to direct2drive I noticed a disclaimer saying that they would not guarantee that their version would be compatible with future add-ons. I still take great comfort in the ability to wrap my greasy digits around a commercial disc containing the bits I have purchased.