Bethesda Softworks has confirmed through a statement on its official website that the developer/publisher will no longer supply critics with early review copies for its games. The statement released yesterday reads:
“At Bethesda, we value media reviews.
We read them. We watch them. We try to learn from them when they offer critique. And we understand their value to our players.
Earlier this year we released DOOM. We sent review copies to arrive the day before launch, which led to speculation about the quality of the game. Since then DOOM has emerged as a critical and commercial hit, and is now one of the highest-rated shooters of the past few years.
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.
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 favourite reviewers to share their thoughts.”
What does this mean exactly? Well, for us it means that we will no longer be able to deliver reviews to you pre-release which means if you are unsure on a game there will no longer be reviews for you to check up on before pre-ordering but, as Bethesda have said above, if early reviews are a factor in whether or not you pre-order your games then maybe you should wait until after release to check back on the reviews before making your decision.
Bethesda’s next title Skyrim Special Edition launches globally on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on October 28th With Dishonored 2 following on November 11th.