GameStop temporarily halts the new PowerPass rental subscriptions

GameStop halts its unlimited used game rental program

"We are working through some of the program limitations we have identified to ensure the PowerPass subscription service delivers an exceptional experience for our customers", a spokesperson said in an email.

The program, which was set to roll out on November 19, was going to be available exclusively for PowerUp Rewards members.

When it came out, GameStop's PowerPass sounded too good to be true: All the used games you could play for six months, plus a free used game at the end, for $60.

The program went through a soft launch in some locations earlier this month, with its full rollout to follow later.

If you were looking forward to becoming one of GameStop's PowerPass subscribers later this month, we have some bad news for you. There's no additional charge on each rental, but you can only have one game checked out at a time.

Revealed only a couple of weeks ago, video game retailer GameStop has announced that its unlimited used games program has been temporarily halted.

Regardless, it's worth noting that, according to Kotaku, GameStop employees have simply been instructed to remove PowerPass advertising from the front of their stores and place it in the back for safekeeping. If unfamiliar, this program would cost $60 and would allow customers to rent as many used games as they would like within a six-month span, with customers getting to choose one of the games they rented to keep permanently, at the end of the subscription. It appears the delay may be a long one, though, as the employee sources claim they were told to get rid of the holiday guide and weekly ad that has the program listed.

What about anyone who already signed up for PowerPass during the soft-launch? To sweeten the deal, they can bring home any pre-owned game for free for their troubles.

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