I work in a retail store which carries software and console video games. It is widely known within this company that Gamestop "makes street dates" and it knows it cannot be punished because a refusal for Gamestop to carry any products can be the death knell for many publishers (Microsoft, for example, follows their lead on release dates.) We are currently down some 30-50% in sales on video games and software due to digital distribution, lack of support (not worth the time, due to sales, to merchandise/display products), and street dates being broken/exclusive availability.
By and large we have titles by the street date, or at least the week of. For example, we got 3 regular copies of Demigod today, and one Collector's edition (which I set aside to purchase tomorrow.) The way the market (for this type of product) works for us is that we take an immediate full hit on something we markdown even a fraction, so our incentive is to sell it as soon as possible (or it sits until we write it off, which takes years, while it takes up dollars for the store.) This alone makes the corporation very wary of bringing in niche titles. I think we did rather well with Sins, so we're less wary of Stardock overall (hence four copies of a software title, which is outrageous, we got one copy of the new Riddick game.)
I just wanted to say that I will do my damndest to sell every copy of Demigod that comes through my store. The $39.99 price point is going to help, and I will sell it to anyone who meets the requirements. Thanks for being the kind of publisher you are, and know that you have a few friends in retail.