Yesterday we reported that GameStop had been tampering with new, boxed copies of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, removing OnLive codes that had been bundled in with the game as part of an arrangement between Square and the cloud-gaming platform. Now reports suggest that Square hasn't responded with the anger that some consumers may have anticipated (or, in some quarters, demanded), but has rather met GameStop's actions with understanding.
'As part of Deus Ex: Human Revolution's boxed offering on PC, Square Enix included a third party coupon', says a statement released by the publisher. 'GameStop was not made aware of this inclusion and Square Enix respects the right of GameStop to have final say over the contents of products it sells and to adjust them where they see fit in accordance with their policies.'
There's still an ethical issue to address here, which is the retailer's right, from a consumer perspective, to open up new game cases and then repackage titles as new. But for the time being, at least, it appears Square is willing to hold it's hand up and shoulder the blame.