(Those titles would be limited to ones offered at the store's physical locations, rather than through the chain's online inventory.) PowerPass's $60 price-tag would cover six months of playing and swapping, after which customers could select one preowned game to keep permanently. But according to a report from Kotaku, just days before the service's full launch on November 19th, GameStop has made a decision to "temporarily pause" the roll out of the new service.
GameStop has not said when the program will be reinstated.
GameStop isn't exactly renowned for their exemplary reputation as a games retailer. The company has yet to say if or when the PowerPass program will return in the future.
GameStop had delayed the launch of its recently announced PowerPass unlimited game rental service. At the end of each 6-month subscription, you get to choose one used game to keep as your own. A GameStop rep since confirmed the news, telling Kotaku, "We feel this is the right thing to do for now to ensure we are able to provide our guests with an exceptional service".
Stores were instructed to take down signage and advertising for Power Pass, and store them in their backrooms. If you planned on looking into PowerPass as a holiday gift, start looking elsewhere. The company will also allow those who had purchased a spot in the program the ability to pick out any Pre-Owned game for free by way of apology for the inconvenience the sudden halt of PowerPass might have caused.
In a likely attempt to stem the tide of game downloads, GameStop has devoted more and more floor space in each store to physical geek culture goods like Funko Pop figurines and T-shirts.
According to a GameStop employee, there were "a few program limitations" that required the whole shebang to be shut down until they can be corrected. Along similar lines, Nintendo is set to launch a Netflix-like service for classic retro games on its Switch platform in 2018.