Updated 9/1 5:37pm:

An EB Games spokesperson has told MCV Pacific: "This is just part of a normal stock recall. Post-Christmas we ask stores to send back anything that they may have too much of in store. This time we included many titles, including The Evil Within, Destiny, and The Elder Scrolls Online."

Original story 9/1 4:19pm:

An EB Gamers employee in Australia has told Kotaku that all copies of The Elder Scrolls Online are getting sent back to Bethesda.

Apparently the recall includes pre-paid subscription cards, and according to the source is to be completed by January 13.

On top of that, players can no longer get a six month subscription to play the game – only 30 day and 90 day options remain.

We were unable to contact EB's head office to get an official statement, but most of the stores we called here in New Zealand still had the game available for sale.

Similarly, Bethesda could not be reached for comment.

The Elder Scrolls Online is out now on Windows PC and Mac. New-gen console versions were expected to launch last year, but their release was pushed back to early 2015.