I emailed customer service and this is basically what they said. Hopefully once the release date gets closer, they can confirm they will have enough inventory to bring back release day delivery.
We only offer the Release-Date Delivery option when we know we can get the item from our suppliers in time to meet our delivery promise to you. It is possible that this item will become eligible as the release date gets closer and we've confirmed our inventory.
I think pre-orders made prior to the release date shouldn't be affected because your order is "guaranteed." Since release day might be gone, I think that just means that Amazon may not have enough copies of Reach to send out on release day so they aren't going to offer something they can't promise
I preordered April 30. I had it set for free super saver shipping, but changed it to release date for $.99. It's worth it for a buck. I guess I am near the front of the queue given when I ordered. I was surprised at the cheap release date delivery. Same for the console!
@Cristian - Yes, I remember LAN parties. Halo CE and Halo 2..woop woop! Had about 4 T.V.'s in a room, all huddled around our gigantic old school xbox's. This was waaaay before LCD's. Tube TV's and wired controllers. <3 I miss those days. I miss Beaver Creek, Coagulation, etc. Bringing back the Blood Gulch though! That's what I'm talking about Bungie. ;] Go out with a bang.
This game will forever hold a place in my heart (and on my leg for that matter...my tattoo is there for good).
I just checked it and i saw the release date delivery option. Note i try to do this once while i had other items in my cart. It wont allow the overnight shipping with other items. U must order this alone if u want release date delivery.
The only thing I'm concerned about with release date shipping on Reach is, which carrier will Amazon use to ship my package? UPS is the most reliable, but UPS tends to come to my house late (4-5 PM) whereas Fed-EX or Cal-Trac come a lot earlier. I'm starting college the week after Reach comes out so I need to get in as much playtime as possible while I still have time for it :P