This isn’t the first time Walmart Canada has let a release date slip. It leaked a bunch of unannounced titles back in May, including “Rage 2,” “Just Cause 4,” “Gears of War 5,” “Borderlands 3,” and “Lego DC Super-Villains.” The site also had placeholders for “Tom Clancy’s The Division 2,” “Beyond Good & Evil 2,” and “The Last of Us 2.” All of those games have since been announced or launched, with the exception of “Borderlands 3.”
This all led to a bit of good-natured ribbing on Twitter last week from The Game Awards producer Geoff Keighley. “There are a LOT of games we won’t be talking about at all until the show (All eyes on you @WalmartCanada) but we do have some great things to tease/announce in the week ahead,” he wrote.
In response, a fan called Yinob shared a screenshot of the “Death Stranding” listing on Walmart Canada’s website and the Jun. 30 shipping date.
The retailer initially confirmed the listing was correct in its own tweet, but then contradicted itself the next day. “Sorry, our mistake. That date is a placeholder, there is no release date for this product,” it wrote.
Given Walmart Canada’s track record when it comes to video game leaks, however, the correction just might be an attempt to cover its own backside. Variety reached out to the retailer for comment, but it did not immediately respond.
The Game Awards airs on Dec. 6 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern, and we might get a definitive answer then. It will be available on a number of streaming platforms, including YouTube, Twitch, Facebook Live, Mixer, and right here on Variety.