Bethesda to stop releasing copies of games early to reviewers (1 Viewer)


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Something Profound
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Sep 20, 2007
In what can only be called a consumer-unfriendly move, Bethesda has announced that they will no longer give very early copies of its games to reviewers, instead only giving them out 1 day before launch. Justification?

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.

Obviously it doesn't take half a brain to realize that they only reason this was done was to prevent knowledge of bad games getting out. By not allowing early access to reviewers, this makes buying games, especially at launch, even more of a crap shoot. This is also quite puzzling for a company like Bethesda, which makes games that often require a heavy time investment in order to give an accurate appraisal (Fallout, Elder Scrolls, etc.)

But of course, this isn't going to stop them from shoving preorder b*llsh*t down our throats.

Hopefully this won't become a common trend, but I wouldn't be shocked if this became the standard from other companies as well.

However, as Destructoid has pointed out, this policy is already a joke and inconsistent, leading some to believe that they are going to just start cherry picking streamers/outlets that they feel will put all their stuff in a positive spin..
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