It was a decent way to incentivize going to GameStop rather than just downloading all of your games. Under its six-month terms, the program would allow customers to take any used game from a local store's catalogue, play it as long as they wished and exchange it for another until the subscription expired.
The retail giant announced the program at the end of October, with sign-ups set to begin November 19.
We have elected to temporarily pause the roll out of the new PowerPass subscription service, based on a few program limitations we have identified. Additionally, a GameStop spokesperson told Kotaku that those who have already purchased their membership through the soft launch can receive a full refund, and pick out a used game to keep for their troubles. "We feel this is the right thing to do for now to ensure we are able to provide our guests an exception service".
GameStop has already begun asking its staff to throw away the store's Holiday Guide, which featured advertising for the PowerPass service, and to replace this week's weekly ad, which also centered around the launch of the new rental program. In fact, GameStop has given no indication when or if PowerPass will be resuscitated. Employee speculation centers around GameStop's antiquated point-of-sale system, and specifically that it isn't equipped to handle the mechanics of a game rental service. But not anymore, at least for the time being. To sweeten the deal, they can bring home any pre-owned game for free for their troubles.
PowerPass has the potential to be a very popular service - that is if the catalog of games available is relatively large and up-to-date.