The developer behind The Elder Scrolls and Fallout has announced in a blog post that they will no longer give early review copies to media outlets. Their decision is not surprising considering they did the same with DOOM earlier this year.
When asked why they declined to provide pre-release copies of Doom, Bethesda said reviews would be inaccurate considering that the online multiplayer and SnapMap modes would not be available until launch day. Instead, they provided a review copy of Doom only one day in advance.
It seems the acclaimed publisher preferred this approach and is applying it to future launch titles. This means that outlets will not be able to review a game until everyone else can play it as well.
With the upcoming launches of Skyrim Special Edition and Dishonored 2, we will continue our policy of sending media review copies one day before release. While we will continue to work with media, streamers, and YouTubers to support their coverage – both before and after release – we want everyone, including those in the media, to experience our games at the same time.
Bethesda also had this to say to those who depend on early reviews to sway their day-one purchase decision:
We also understand that some of you want to read reviews before you make your decision, and if that’s the case we encourage you to wait for your favorite reviewers to share their thoughts
To read the entire blog post, click here.
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