Yes you are charged in theory. as the funds will dissapear from your account for at least 1 week. Impulse does a check to see if the funds are there.
They do charge you straight away but they cancel the ticket and do the full charge when the game is released.
Please try to avoid spreading innacurate information. Impulse does a check to see if the funds are there. Your bank may place a hold on the funds in question for a period of time, but that has nothing to do with Impulse!
I don't remember the exact terms in question, but the normal process of a transaction goes as follows:
1. You enter your card info.
2. The company asks your bank 'does this account have the funds to cover a transaction of "XYZ" amount?
3. The bank answers.
4. THe company then charges your account the ammount in question.
Because step three is almost always followed by step 4, the banks put a hold on the funds in question until the charge comes through, or until a pre-defined period (usually less than 48 hours) has passed. But since Impulse is only concerned with checking that your payment information is correct, step 4 never occurs and you have to wait for the hold period to lapse, or talk to your bank.
so, they would withdraw the funds, check there their, and then put them back? thats dumb.
Yeah, that would be dumb... if that's what they're doing! Pleave give SD a little credit. If something sounds that dumb, you might want to double check the information you're being given. Sometime's it's true (EA's fascination with DRM comes to mind...) but sometimes it isn't.
since ive preordered the game and will be buying it when it comes out then they shouldnt charge anything until the full game is relased. im not getting charged for a half done game, thats rediculous.
You aren't getting 'merely' a half done game; you are getting the opportunity to have a say in the design process, an opportunity to be involved in the production of a game. If you aren't interested, just don't pre-order. That's your choice. SD has a very clear, and fair, policy. If you don't care for it, you don't have to give them your money... and they don't have to give you your game.