A little over a month ago, AMD expanded its Never Settle Reloaded offer so that the Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition wound up shipping with four free games: Crysis 3, BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider, and Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon. Now, it looks like the offer has run its course at some retailers.
Last Friday, we noticed that all Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition cards listed at Newegg, like this HIS model and this one from PowerColor, now ship with only Crysis 3. Strangely, Newegg still offers full bundles with other Radeon HD 7000-series cards.
A visit to Amazon shows that e-tailer seems to have stopped bundling free games with all Radeon graphics cards. AMD still lists Amazon as a participating e-tailer on its landing page for the promotion, but the e-tailer's own Never Settle Reloaded page states, "Offer ends May 31, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. or while game code supplies last."
We asked AMD for an update on the situation, and we received the following response:
The Never Settle Reloaded promo was always advertised as a ‘while supplies last’ campaign. Sadly, some partners are running out of supply of codes. That said, Newegg is still running with the 7900 series promotion, and we have a few others who have 7800 running:
We’ll be updating our promo pages very shortly to reflect current participating partners.
In short, codes are starting to run out. If you were planning to buy a Radeon in the near future, you may want to pull the trigger soon while the bundles are still available.
Even if the current promotion's days are numbered, AMD's days of bundling games may be far from over. A couple of months back, an AMD executive hinted that Battlefield 4 would become part of a future Never Settle promotion. That game is due out on October 29 for the PC and consoles. Perhaps we'll get some good news from AMD around then.