German shops don't really care much about release dates. When they have a game in stock, it's sold - it's as simple as that. At least it appears like that. For the 2nd year in row, German shops have sold the game before the official release date, and while that may not please Focus/Cyanide, there's several benefits for those of us still waiting.
One is the screenshots. The official screenshots are all of the 3D race, and even though the management part hasn't changed a lot, it would have been nice to see the new colours in action. Thanks to the Germans, that's now possible. We've uploaded a lot of screenshots showcasing the main changes which can be seen here. We didn't bother uploading all of them (since most screens are of features that have not been changed), but if you like, you can get the complete pack of screens here.
Lastly, a tiny bit of official news: A British cover has appeared in some shops which is quite surprising considering the fact that Britain has never had a copy for itself before. You can see the cover here.