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Report: Walmart canceling Destiny Ghost Edition pre-orders 'due to a supply issue'

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Walmart is canceling pre-orders of the Ghost Edition of Destiny and replacing them with the cheaper Limited Edition, according to a post on NeoGAF.

A NeoGAF member posted what appears to be a screenshot of an email from Walmart to a customer who pre-ordered Destiny's Ghost Edition on PlayStation 4. The $149.99 package includes a replica of a Ghost (the player's companion robot), a letter of introduction from developer Bungie and "relics" from the Golden Age of Destiny's fiction.

"Unfortunately, due to a supply issue, we will be unable to fulfill [your order]," the email reads. "We would like to offer you a substitution with the Limited Edition, which is a comparable item."

Destiny's Limited Edition, which does not contain the aforementioned goodies but comes with everything else in the Ghost Edition, costs $99.99. According to the email from Walmart, customers who choose to substitute the Limited Edition for their Ghost Edition pre-order will receive a refund for the $50 difference within five business days. They can also choose to cancel their order outright, although they must do so on the Walmart website before Aug. 29.

Reached for comment, an Activision representative provided the following statement from Byron Beede, vice president of product management for Destiny: "The incredible demand for Ghost Edition has exceeded even our high expectations. We made as many as we could, and in collaboration with Bungie, we always wanted it to remain truly limited. Individual retailers have the best knowledge of whether any are still available at their store."

We've reached out to Walmart for more details on the retailer's supply of the Ghost Edition, and will update this article with any information we receive. Destiny is set for release Sept. 9 on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One; Bungie is running a beta on all four platforms through Sunday night. Check out the video below for a comparison of how it runs on PS4 versus Xbox One.

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