The dispatching soon, dispatched thing is misleading. Usually if it dispatches the day before release, it gets to you on time. For example, I got my dispatched email after 4.00 pm today. That doesn't mean it was sent via royal mail at that time. It takes time for all dispatched orders to be registered I'm guessing. My delivery estimate changed from monday to tomorrow the moment the dispatch was confirmed. If you get dispatching soon, it basically means they have taken your money and your item is due to be shipped. I had this fron 6 am this morning.
Pre-ordered 18th April, still have not recieved the game, so looking at monday at the earliest.
Same thing has happened to more than one of my friends. I've been an amazon customer for a long time but I won't be pre-ordering from them again, there's no point. I could have just bought it in store.
Amazon used to be good at pre-orders, arriving on time or the day before, but to order a month or more in advance and still not have it is just annoying. I don't know whether or not rockstar pressured them not to dispatch early or something, but I'll be picking up my next big release in store.
I pre ordered it on the 16th May. I've still not received it... Stupid that you don't get a tracking number. Amazon have always been on track for pre orders but this time it's a no no. I don't think I'll purchase pre orders from Amazon again. I've even spoke to customer service and they said to wait till the 26th if it's still not arrived, we'll sort out a solution. Solution = send out another one. Nuff' Said.